Cold weather does not have to end your kayaking season. With the right gear and clothing, you too can experience the mesmerizing world of winter kayaking.
There are a lot of specific things you need to be mindful of though if you want to go paddling in cold weather. On this page, you will learn all about them.
How cold is too cold for kayaking?
With the right clothing and safety gear, you can theoretically kayak until the water completely freezes, but most people choose to stop kayaking below 35-40°F.
Drysuits and proper layering of clothes will keep you warm, so that’s not a problem.
The thing is that below the freezing temperature of water (32° Fahrenheit = 0° Celsius), spray from your paddle and waves starts to freeze on your kayak. Having to break the ice off your boat, gear, and clothes can make the experience more troublesome than fun.
Here are some useful articles if you are thinging about kayaking during winter.
Kayaking is a great sport, which not only brings you close to the nature, but also helps you keep fit and healthy. Although most people enjoy this water sport during summer, winter kayaking is emerging as a new favorite among those looking for additional adventure. After looking at these beautiful winter kayaking locations, you won’t want to put your kayak into storage this coming winter. … 10 Breathtaking Winter Kayaking Locations for Your Bucket ListRead More »
Less daylight and colder temperatures shouldn’t keep you from getting out on the water with your kayak, but after the warm seasons ends, you need to be prepared for maximum safety. People die every year from capsizing into the cold water. Even the best paddlers can fall victim to the dangers of cold-water immersion if they don’t follow basic winter kayaking safety precautions. You might be asking, “Is it safe to kayak in the winter?” It is only safe to…
Kayak drysuits open up new horizons, as they allow for year-round paddling and fishing even during the cold months of winter. Being able to go out in freezing weather conditions is a true game-changer for passionate kayakers and fishermen. I started winter kayaking several years ago, it is an awesome hobby that is hard to stop once you start. Having tried many dry suits during the years (rentals and own), in this article, I will give my opinion on the…
Kayaking shoes/booties are different from ordinary footwear. They need to be light, flexible, provide good traction, and hard enough for launching and walking on sharp rocks and gravel. And of course, shoes made for winter kayaking also help keep your feet dry and warm in the cold. In this article, I will help you find the perfect kayaking shoes for paddling in cold weather. First I’ll list the best ones, then I’ll teach you how to choose a pair that…
More and more paddlers are choosing not to put their kayaks into winter storage, rather experience the stunning scenery and tranquility winter has to offer from the water. Before you head out, run through our guide to inflatable kayaks for winter kayaking to make sure you use a safe and suitable kayak. Can you use an inflatable kayak for winter kayaking? Yes you can, keeping in mind that inflatable kayaks are somewhat different from hardshell kayaks. People even use inflatable…
Did you know that your body heat decreases 4x faster in cold water than in cold air at equal temperatures? Getting drenched without being prepared will lead to rapid heat loss, which can result in a cold shock, hypothermia, or even worse… But if you choose your winter kayaking clothing and gear properly (as you are about to learn), paddling in cold weather is a blast. This article will teach you how to dress for kayaking during winter. … Winter…
When most people think about all of the things they could do during the winter, kayaking would not be high on their list.
But for the more adventurous kayakers among us, winter kayaking in 60° F, 50° F or even 40° F is definitely a thing. A brand new winter wonderland awaits to be explored on icy waters, but you need to be prepared.
After reading the articles above, you know pretty much everything you need to kayak in cold weather.
If you have any questions or comments, let me know.