Axe Vale Canoe Club

Contact us at: info@axevalecc.co.uk

Affiliated to the British Canoeing & Quality Mark Accredited


Updated Jan 2019

What Clothing?

You need to assume that you will get wet, so even in summer you can get cold if there is a wind blowing - so you need to be warm and wind proof. Some say ‘dress for the water temperature’ rather than the air temperature. Working from inside to outside:

  • Thermal layer: options to suit the conditions are thermal trousers/top (two layers in winter), rash vest/shorts, wetsuit.
  • Windproof & waterproof layer: in winter you really need a dry cag/trousers or dry suit. In summer, a semi-dry cag will suffice on warm days but generally even in summer a dry cag is useful if intend getting very wet.
  • Footwear: wetsuit boots or wet shoes seem the best option here (much better than trainers).
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Helmet: a kayak helmet is essential for most trips and club sessions for kayaking. On open canoe trips helmets are less necessary but a hat of some form is essential to keep the sun at bay.
  • Buoyancy Aid: again essential for all trips and sessions.


Always ensure you have an extra piece of warm clothing with you on trips and a dry set of clothes to change into at the end of the trip or session.


Chill Cheater (Reeds) -
Reed's own unique fabrics and specialist garments for
kayaking, canoeing, surfing, diving, outdoor and water activities.

Lomo -
spraydecks, wetsuits, drysuits

Palm Equipment
Lots of paddling clothes - dry cags, dry  suits, etc.

Yak Equipment
Lots of paddling clothes - dry cags, dry  suits, etc.

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