Kayaking is a thrilling adventure that can bring you closer to nature and give you a sense of freedom. However, in the UK the weather can be unpredictable and can quickly turn a peaceful kayaking trip into a dangerous one. You could set out on a gloriously sunny morning but find that by lunchtime the clouds have gathered and you’re facing a washout.
When it comes to kayaking in bad weather, it’s essential to be well-prepared, so you can enjoy the experience safely.
With years of experience kayaking up and down the country, and experiencing every type of weather under the sun, the team at Cambridge Kayaks know a thing or two about what Mother Nature can throw at us. Not only do we have a wide range of kayaks for sale, but we’re also committed to sharing our knowledge and advice with our customers.
In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks for kayaking in bad weather, so you’re completely clued up before you embark on your next trip.
Check the weather forecast
It goes without saying but before heading out, always check the weather forecast for the day.
If the forecast calls for high winds, heavy rain, or thunderstorms, it's best to postpone your kayaking trip for another day.
Even if the forecast is good, it's always wise to prepare for the worst by bringing the appropriate gear.
These days, you can download weather apps which are extremely accurate, meaning that you can keep an eye on the predicted weather conditions throughout the day.
Kayaking in bad weather means you need to dress appropriately for the conditions. Wear a wetsuit or dry suit if the water is cold, and dress in layers if the temperature is cooler.
Make sure to wear a waterproof jacket and pants to keep you dry during heavy rain. It's also crucial to always wear a life jacket, no matter the weather.
Choose a safe route
When kayaking in bad weather, it's important to choose a route that's suitable for the conditions.
If the wind is strong, try to find a sheltered area where the water is calmer. Avoid open water and areas with strong currents, which can make kayaking more challenging and dangerous.
Bring the right gear
Kayaking in bad weather requires the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable. A spray skirt will keep water out of your kayak, and a bilge pump will help you remove any water that enters your kayak.
Bring a whistle or other alarm in case you need to signal for help.
Don't forget to bring extra clothes, food, and water in case you need to spend more time on the water than expected.
Stay alert and be prepared
When kayaking in bad weather, it's crucial to stay alert and be prepared for any unexpected changes in the weather.
Watch the clouds and keep an eye on the wind direction. If the weather starts to deteriorate, head back to shore immediately. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Ultimately, kayaking in bad weather can be an exhilarating experience, but it's important to be well-prepared and take the necessary precautions to stay safe.
Remember to check the weather forecast, dress appropriately, choose your route wisely, bring the right gear, and stay alert and prepared for any unexpected changes in the weather.
With these tips and tricks, you can enjoy kayaking in bad weather safely and confidently.