Equipment Recommendations

Individual Equipment Required for Club Trips Rated Level II or higher and Great Lakes

  • sea kayak with  watertight bulkheads  (preferably 16 feet or greater in length)
  • Spray skirt
  • Personal Floatation Device (PFD) with whistle –
    PFDs must be worn at all times on club trips.
  • Paddle float
  • Bilge pump
  • Map/Chart and compass –
    required on Great Lakes
  • Wet suit or dry suit for all Lake Superior Trips
  • Waterproof flashlight or headlamp for night paddling

Group and Individual Equipment Recommended for club Trips Rated Level II or Higher or Great Lakes

  • Water bottle and food within reach of the cockpit (energy gel, power bars etc.)
  • Tow line for towing tired or injured paddlers
  • First Aid kit
  • VHF Radio
  • Repair Kit for kayak and other important equipment
  • Sun Screen
  • Sun Glasses
  • Extra food to allow for waiting out bad weather
  • Extra clothes, sleeping bag, tent or bivy – even for day trips; in case of bad weather
  • Paddle leash and/or spare paddle
  • Strobe light and/or reflective tape on PFD
  • Flares and signal mirror – required on Great Lakes
  • Hat for shade or warmth
  • Helmet for surfing