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What to Wear in the Water | Safer Paddling Series: Episode 2 | Rapid Media

In partnership with the U.S. Coastguard and the Water Sports Foundation, instructors Paul and Kate Kuthe of the American Canoeing Association provide tips on what to wear in the water in Safer Paddling Series: Episode 2.

It’s important to dress in layers to prepare for unpredictable weather on the water.

Board shorts, a hat, and sandals. It’s an idyllic paddling outfit, right? Wrong. As a paddler, you must dress prepared for unpredictable weather. This means layering up.

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Paul and Kate Kuthe suggest insulating with a synthetic or fleece base layer. If you’re too hot, keep them in a dry bag to start. Even if they get wet, these layers will continue to keep you warm. 

Dry suits keep you warm, dry, and comfortable on the water.

For paddling in cold water, try a wet suit or a dry suit. These will keep you comfortable and safe, regardless of the weather.

Be smart. Be safe. Have fun. 

As a United Stated Coast Guard nonprofit grant recipient, the Water Sports Foundation produces paddling safety outreach materials and distributes them through boating and paddling media providers. Paddle sports currently has an inordinately high rate of accidents and deaths that for the past five years has been increasing, while power boating stats have been decreasing during the same period. The goal is to create heightened public awareness of safer paddling making paddle sports safer and to ultimately reduce the total number of paddle sports related deaths annually.

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