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What to Bring to List

Welcome to our What to Bring List

Scroll to the bottom for Deception Pass and Surf & Freighter Class Requirements

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We don’t recommend buying equipment just for class. Try our gear, then buy your own with more info to work with. OK to bring gear you already have.  

** What to Wear on Class Day?  Final paddling clothing decisions will me made once we see the weather and water in-person

Gratuities are always welcome. Thanks in advance.

Pre-Class

  • *Payment is required to hold your spot in our classes. Check for the Event Welcome Notification email.  After paying, fill out the Student Info Form.
  • There are no dressing rooms – You will change into paddling clothes in a parking lot. Upon request, I can supply changing cloaks.
  • The Ballard Elks location has no restrooms available until June 2021. **Please plan ahead.

Required Class Items

  • DRY BAG FOR YOUR MASK. We wear the mask through the beach to the water, then take it off. You’ll want to keep it dry while on-water.
  • EYEGLASSES STRAP: For sunglasses and prescription glasses. Required for prescription glasses. We are not responsible for any lost glasses, keys, etc.
  • PLACE TO HIDE CAR KEYS during class. I prefer to not bring my keys on the water.  Uber/Lyft riders can leave your keys in my car.
  • MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS you need on-water such as inhalers and EpiPens. We’ll put in a waterproof bag.
  • WHAT TO WEAR UNDER A WETSUIT: Bathing Suit or non-cotton crew neck shirt and shorts. Less clothing means more flexibility and a better fitting suit. No cotton.
  • IF NOT WEARING A WETSUIT: Wear a neoprene top and/or bottom or rash guard if you run warm. Swimsuits are fine for hot summer days in some locations.
  • EXTRAS – Hydration (water bottle), energy bar, sunblock.
  • PHONE – Only bring on-water if you a waterproof case/bag and a tether so you don’t lose it.

Have Your Own Paddling Gear?

KAYAK:

  • VEST LIFE JACKET
  • HAVE YOUR OWN KAYAK?  We recommend you bring your own gear which you’ll be using after. And most of our students have better kayaks than us!
  • KAYAK SPRAY SKIRTS. Test that it’ll fit on your kayak before class.
  • HAVEN’T TRIED YOUR GEAR ON FOR AWHILE?  Make sure you do so before class. Rental are available. We don’t recommend buying clothing just for class.
  • 4/3MM OR 5/4MM FULL WETSUIT OR DRYSUIT. In summer in Seattle, farmer johns are fine with a paddling jacket.
  • RENTALS ARE AVAILABLE for anything you don’t have.

 

SUP:

  • VEST LIFE JACKET for all classes except coastal surfing. C02 waist belt only ok for Intermediate and Advanced classes if you know how to use it.
  • 4/3MM OR 5/4MM FULL WETSUIT OR DRYSUIT. In summer in Seattle, farmer johns are fine with a paddling jacket.
  • LEASH (SUP) – Coiled for everything except coastal surfing.
  • INFLATABLE SUPS – Are welcome in classes and tours. Inflatables do fine for surfing, Deception Pass and racing!
  • HAVEN’T TRIED YOUR GEAR ON FOR AWHILE?  Make sure you do so before class. Rental are available. We don’t recommend buying clothing just for class.
  • RENTALS ARE AVAILABLE for anything you don’t have.

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR YOUR OWN GEAR & CLOTHING:

  • Neoprene shorties, Spring suits 3/2mm (Summer only)
  • Farmer John/Jane (armless wetsuit) with paddling top (rash guard, neoprene or GoreTex). (Summer only)
  • Dry suits with non-cotton synthetic insulation under
  • Paddling tops and bottoms (neoprene, nylon, GoreTex) / (Summer only)
  • Outdoor clothing such as rain coats/pants, ski hat also work for cooler days. (Summer only)
  • Boards should be stable for classes and tours. Minimum 10′ in length. We can help you become more stable on your board
  • Optional Beach Towel or changing cloak/robe – to help with changing and to dry off after.
  • Visor or Brimmed Hat for sun protection.
  • Waterproof camera with strap or GoPro with floater. You can attach these to your PFD. We have GoPro mounts on some boards.

Fall / Winter / or Cold Summer Days:

  • 4/3mm and 5/4mm wetsuits or drysuits.
  • Winter surfing paddling booties to 7mm. Waterproof neoprene inner lining for cold days.
  • Warm clothes and warm hat to wear after. Consider thermos of hot non-alcohol drink after class.
  • Foam pad or extra towel (or similar) to stand on while changing.
  • Capiline, SmartWool, or Polypro Top to wear under wetsuit. No cotton for off season or surfing, DP, etc.!
  • Hot water to pour on yourself after class!

IMPORTANT: If you have a medical condition that could lead to an emergency that requires medication, such as allergic reactions that require an EpiPen or a heart condition that may require medication, you are responsible for bringing any medications to class and informing the instructor.

What Not to Wear

No jeans, pants, skirts, tennis shoes or anything cotton or baggy. *Cotton shirts do work on hot sunny non-surf days.

 

Deception Pass Gear Requirements

Deception Pass runs colder so it’s important to have or use our 4/3mm and 5/4mm wetsuits, booties and gloves. Drysuit if you already have one.

  • Vest PFD / Life Jacket Only.  *No waist C02 belt PFDs.
  • Full 4-3mm or 5-4mm wetsuit or drysuit.
  • Inflatable or hard Boards must be stable for rough water. No 23″ race boards. *Kayaks 12′ and over. *Stable Surf skis.
  • Add synthetic thin top layer such as SmartWool or a rash guard under for extra warmth.
  • Neoprene hood or hooded vest.
  • Neoprene gloves such as the NRS Mavericks Glove or Glacier Perfect Curve in winter.
  • Booties (I use NRS Freestyle). The shore is rocky.
  • Coiled leash to the length of your board. We’ll attach to your waist PFD straps. Recommended for kayakers.
  • Hydration on board/kayak  or attached to PFD. Energy bar.
  • Sunblock and/or UV lip baum
  • Baseball hat for sunny days will be worn under helmet.
  • Paddling helmet like NRS, Gath, Sweet.  I’ll bring helmets if you don’t have one.

All above gear available with rental price option

Coastal Surf and Freighter Class Gear Requirements

  • Full 4-3mm or 5-4mm wetsuit or dry suit. If bringing your own, try before class.
  • PFD for freighter surf (considered inner waterway not coastal)
  • Inflatable or hard SUPs, sea or surf kayak, surf ski.
  • Add synthetic thin top layer such as SmartWool or a rash guard under wetsuits for extra warmth.
  • Neoprene hood or hooded vest.
  • Neoprene paddling gloves
  • Neoprene paddling booties (I use NRS Freestyle, NRS WetShoe another good one)
  • For SUPs: Straight leash to the length of your board. Coiled leashes ok for Race/DW boards.
  • No PFD needed for coastal surf.
  • Hydration and energy bar.
  • Sunblock and/or UV lip baum
  • Wide brimmed hat or baseball hat for warmer sunny days.
  • Optional paddling helmet for big conditions

All above gear available with rental price option for each class

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