Kayaking and paddleboarding are enjoyable year round in San Diego and you probably have everything you need in your closet to stay comfortable even in the dead of winter!
Synthetic clothing is best since it won't hold water the way cotton does. While there are lots of paddlesports-specific choices, feel free to borrow from your hiking, biking, skiing, surfing, or workout wardrobe. Look for fabrics like polyester, fleece, nylon, etc. Bathing suits, board shorts, yoga pants, rash guards, thermal shirts and pants, etc are all excellent choices. If it's a little cool or breezy out, add a lightweight windbreaker. Paddling at night or in the winter? add a lightweight fleece top and consider renting a wetsuit from us. Definitely avoid thick cotton like jeans and sweatshirts!
Some great paddlesports specific clothing options for cool weather are available for puchase at our shop and are a worthwhile investment if you paddle regularly. These include neoprene pants or shorts and paddle jackets.
Footwear: Water shoes or sandals are the best and offer plenty of protection but old tennis shoes, flip flops, and even barefoot is fine too. We have a place to leave your shoes on our dock if you choose the barefoot option. For regular paddlers, neoprene booties offer protection, warmth, and paddling for your heels and ankles.
Sun protection: Long sleeves, sun screen, sunglasses, and brimmed hats are all important items to keep you from getting burned! We sell sun screen, hats, sunglasses and eyewear retainers (a cheap investment to save your glasses!).
Water and snacks: If you're going to be out for more than a couple of hours, you might want to bring a water bottle and a snack bar.
You WILL get a bit wet, so bring a dry change of clothes! We have changing rooms available. We reccommend that you lock your valuables in your car while you're out and leave your car keys with us for safe keeping. If you come by bike, or public transportation, we can safely store your things while you're on the water!
Anything you take with you may get wet, so cell phones should only be taken in water proof containers. We have cases available for purchase for your cell phones for $16-30. These allow you to take photos and make calls while still keeping your phone dry.
If you're paddling after dark, the Coast Guard requires that you carry a bright white flashlight.