Suggested Gear

Whitewater Student Gear

  • Kayak or Canoe  – make sure it is a whitewater specific boat, with proper outfitting to fit you
  • Skirt – for kayaks only, make sure it fits both you and the cockpit of your boat
  • Paddle – whitewater specific paddle
  • Helmet – whitewater specific helmet.  No bike helmets, hard hats, or other non-whitewater helments
  • PFD (life Jacket) – coast guard approved class III minimum PFD
  • Footwear – proper footwear should be worn on the river.  Something with a solid sole and solid attachment to your foot.  Old gym shoes can work, or neoprene booties sold by many whitewater companies.  NO FLIP-FLOPS.
  • Float Bags – help keep your boat from filling up with water if you have a swim.  While not required, your safety boaters will greatly appreciate your boat being less full of water.  Beach balls can also be used for a cheaper alternative.
  • Nose Plugs – are recommended for roll/wet exit practice for comfort
  • Dry Bag – to carry your lunch on the river
  • Paddling appropriate clothing – just because the air is warm does not mean the water is warm.  Avoid cotton, and talk to a club member about how much should be worn for the river you will be on.
  • Dry change of clothes – to be left in the shuttle vehicle for after the river.  This helps keep everyone warm and everyone’s cars clean(er).
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle – you will be working hard out there, stay hydrated!

Touring Student Gear

  • Kayak or Canoe  – make sure it is a touring specific boat, with proper outfitting to fit you
  • Skirt – for kayaks only, make sure it fits both you and the cockpit of your boat
  • Paddle – touring specific paddle
  • PFD (life Jacket) – coast guard approved class III minimum PFD
  • Footwear – proper footwear should be worn on the river.  Something with a solid sole and solid attachment to your foot.  Old gym shoes can work, or neoprene booties sold by many whitewater companies.  NO FLIP-FLOPS.
  • Dry Bag – to carry your lunch on the river
  • Hat – with a brim to keep the sun off your back
  • Paddling appropriate clothing – just because the air is warm does not mean the water is warm.  Avoid cotton, and talk to a club member about how much should be worn for the river you will be on.
  • Dry change of clothes – to be left in the shuttle vehicle for after the river.  This helps keep everyone warm and everyone’s cars clean(er).
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle – you will be working hard out there, stay hydrated!

Camping Gear

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Flashlight
  • Cooler
  • Chair – we do not provide tables and chairs for dinner, please bring your own
  • Money – there will be an auction and a raffle with some great stuff
  • Rain Gear
  • Clothesline – for drying gear Saturday night
  • Food – we are providing only Saturday’s dinner.  You are responsible for all other meals

These gear lists are meant to be a starting point, and not all inclusive.  If you have questions, feel free to ask.  All of our club members would be happy to give you suggestions on gear!

 

For those who may need to rent a boat and some gear, we recommend these local outfitters, many are club sponsors!  They can provide you with a kayak, skirt, paddle, and PFD.  You will have to supply your own helmet as they are not generally rented.

 

 

For an overview of the Chota Paddle School, click here:  Paddle School Overview

To learn more about the detail of this year’s school, click here:  Paddle School Detail

For a list of suggested gear and local rental options, click here:  Suggested Gear

To register for this year’s school, click here:  Paddle School Registration