Discover the wonderful world of kayaking. Experience the freedom
of navigating lakes or rivers in your own boat.
Adventures Unlimited offers kayak lessons on both flat and moving
water. Recreational boats are perfect for exploring mountain lakes
and slow moving rivers. Inflatable kayaks offer high performance,
comfort, and enhanced stability and are perfect for mild white
water. For those looking to pursue traditional white water
kayaking, we offer roll lessons, and we teach skills such as paddle
strokes, boat control, play boating, and river safety techniques.
WHAT TO WEAR ON THE RIVER
River guides are fond of the saying, “There is no such thing as bad weather,
only bad gear.” This is true. There is no reason you can’t be comfortable
on the river, no matter what the temperature is or what is falling from the
sky. Here are some tips:
Summer ~ The temperatures are warm, and so your main concern will
be to protect yourself from the sun. River sandals or old sneakers make
ideal footwear. A bathing suit and a pair of nylon shorts is a good base
layer. A long-sleeved, synthetic shirt or light windbreaker is good to have
in case of a sudden shower or temperature change. A hat, sun block,
sunglasses with retaining strap, and disposable camera are also important.
Your guides will have a bit of extra room in their dry bags to hold your
Conditions gets more complicated in the Spring and the Fall when the water
and air temperatures are colder so here is our recommended system of
Base Layer ~ Polypropylene, capilene, thermax and thermion are some
of the different types of synthetic long underwear that is available. Anyone
who does anything outdoors should invest in a set. It is indispensable for
hiking, biking, skiing, water sports, gardening or just staying comfortable
in a chilly house. These fabrics are designed to wick moisture away from
your body. They are hydrophobic, meaning they do not absorb water;
rather they transfer it to your outer layers where it can evaporate, keeping
your core more comfortable.
Mid Layer ~ Next, you’ll want to add a layer of fleece or pile. These are
thicker and fluffier than your base layer and supply insulation and
warmth. Made from synthetic fibers, they will not absorb nearly as much
water as natural fibers. Wool provides some insulation when it gets wet but
not as much. Cotton is an absolute no-no. It will make you cold. We
guarantee it. So leave that sweatshirt at home, or save it for snuggling into
after your trip.
Outer Layer ~ The purpose of this layer is to block the water. It can take
several forms. Paddle jackets are ideal because they have neck and wrist
closures that prevent water from reaching your sensitive core. Waterproof-
breathable (such as Gore-tex) or coated nylon rain shells work well too.
Ponchos are not recommended.
Socks, Gloves and Hats ~ If your feet are warm, your whole body will
be warm. In the Spring and Fall we recommend neoprene socks or booties,
or rain boots (not waders!) in mild white water. The next best thing is
wearing wool or fleece socks with your sneakers or river sandals.
Neoprene, fleece, or wool gloves will keep your hands happy. There will be
room under your helmet for a hat.
Change of Clothes ~ Don’t forget your towel and your dry clothes!
What to Wear Check List
| Shorts or swim trunks |
| Sandals or old running shoes or wet suit booties for the |
| Socks ~ cotton socks to keep the sand out in the Summer or wool, |
|pile, or wet suit socks in the Spring/Fall |
| Ball cap (for the Summer) |
| Sunglasses |
| Glasses strap |
| Sunscreen ~ waterproof (a river trip is like a day at the beach) |
| Shirt ~ preferably a quick drying shirt which blocks the sun |
| Windbreaker or rain jacket |
| Waterproof disposable camera |
| Long underwear – Polypropylene, capilene or thermax |
| Fleece jacket |
| Fleece pants |
| Rain suit |
| Wet suit |
| Wet suit gloves or golf gloves |
| Pile hat |
| Dry bag ~ each guide carries a dry bag (big enough for a few jackets |
|or personal items) |
| Personal hygiene items |
| Change of clothes |
| Towel |
* Do not wear cotton items on the river such as socks, sweat shirts, or blue
|jeans. Cotton holds water and wicks warmth away from your body.|
Medication ~ If you are taking medicine prescribed by a doctor,
bring it with you (heart medication, blood pressure, diabetes,
seizure, asthma inhaler, pain management, etc). If you are
allergic to bees, be sure to carry an epi-pen.