Clothing is as important part of your paddling experience, as it will provide you with the warmth and comfort you need to enjoy your day. Cotton should be avoided as part of your layering system as it often remains cold and wet and it takes a long time to dry out. Synthetic fabrics or wool keep you warmer when they become wet with sweat/water and certain synthetic base layers are designed to wick the sweat away from your skin to keep you drier and warmer. During the warmer summer months paddlers often get away with wearing a bathing suit, light synthetic T shirt, sunglasses and some paddle shoes! Very often these paddlers find warmth and comfort in their spare set of dry clothes that include: a thicker synthetic long sleeve shirt and pants, nylon spray jacket and insulating hat. When we get into those colder weather situations paddlers must dress in layers of synthetic fabric and need to be insulated from the cold water by wearing a farmer john wetsuit and paddle jacket. Dry suits are warn when the water temp drops below 50 degrees and your multiple layers of synthetic clothing keep you dry and warm when you need it.
The items below are REQUIRED unless otherwise specified. If you have questions about what to bring please call the School at 800-310-4504.
Clothing & Footwear
Synthetic top and bottom
Bathing suit or loose fitting, quick dry pants or shorts. Wear something comfortable and avoid cotton materials (see description above).
Appropriate footwear is required for all paddleboard Fitness Classes. You must have something on your feet that covers your toes.
Change of clothes
PB&J, bagel, trail mix, granola bars.
Bottle of water (32 oz)
Small dry bag
EMS Schools Provide
Appropriate board, personal flotation device (PFD), and paddle.