Paddles. The most personal piece of gear you'll ever own is your paddle. If you want to get really good, don't keep changing your paddle: get a good one and if you're growing, get one that will grow with you by means of an extending shaft. Talk to Jez or Wendy for advice before you spend a couple of hundred quid.
Here's some basic easy to find stuff that's a good idea to have and use.
A fairly waterproof kit bag and your own squeezy thing of hand sanitizer. If you wear spec's, a spec case so your 'Bans don't get crushed.
Towels are really useful. Some people like to have their own mat to stand on.
Keys: On string round your neck or in a waterproof pouch?
Mark is wearing the usual thin shoes so he fits in his slalom boat. Long wetsuit trousers and a thick thermal layer under his paddling cag. This is thick Gore-tex with latex wrist seals. His neoprene spray-deck helps keep him warm. He is wearing a close fitting competition buoyancy-aid and a light-weight helmet.
Connor is wearing the usual tiny shoes and boardies. Brrr ...
He has on a thin wicking layer under his cagdeck. A cagdeck is a combined cag and spray-deck which is lighter and slimmer fitting than seperates, but not as warm. He is wearing a slim-line competition buoyancy aid and a light-weight helmet. He often paddles under flood-lights, so he wears a white helmet.
Jon has on substantial neoprene boots. His water-proof trousers and cag have latex ankle and wrist seals and a neoprene neck seal. His buoyancy-aid has loads of pockets. Under all that water-proof kit he is wearing thermal long-johns and a thin thermal tee-shirt and fleece jumper.
Jon's helmet is a bright colour so that we can see where he is as he swims down rapids. It's got great head coverage and it fits well enough to stay in place when things go wrong.
His spray-deck is seperate from his cag (ie it's not a cag-deck) because river running, you never know when you might want to wriggle out of it.
Tuesday 13th November
Pool session! Yay, warm blue water. Cath
Thursday 15th November
Club's AGM 7.15pm
Thursday 22nd Nov.
Club night! Judith