Kayaking is a great activity that can be enjoyed year round. It is thrilling in the cold of winter, exciting in the spring rapids, and relaxing in the summer heat. But where does that leave it for fall? Can you still kayak in the fall? Yes! And it is one of the most beautiful times to kayak! Now, fall kayaking is a lot like summer kayaking in the fact that it is peaceful, however, the biggest difference is the fact that in the fall, the water is cold. And at times it can be VERY cold! That means you have to go prepared.
The first way of being prepared to kayak is by knowing how to kayak. If you have never kayaked in the fall, consider taking a lesson or at least reading tips from multiple information sources. If you have never kayaked at all, I would actually suggest you wait until the summer to do it for the first time, or definitely take a lesson if you are just dead-set on kayaking in the fall. With colder waters, it can be dangerous.
The second way to be prepared is by having the right equipment. Since it is cold out, you wont be jumping into the water to take a swim, so I definitely suggest using a sprayskirt. It will keep you dry from waves and splashing. I also suggest wearing a drysuit. It will keep you dry and quite warm as well. For colder days though you will want to wear warm clothing under the suit. Lastly, be sure to wear a PFD. You should always wear one when kayaking, but especially in the colder months.
Equipment and know-how. That’s really all you need to have a safe and enjoyable time while kayaking this fall. So go out, have some fun, and make your friends jealous of your most recent adventure!