Kayaking in winter – no it’s not as cold as you think! In fact, winter kayaking has a number of advantages over kayaking in summer, and gives you the opportunity to experience sights and sounds not readily available at other times of the year. Follow these tips to get the most out of your winter kayaking experience.
Advantages of Winter Kayaking in Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay really shines in winter. Less people, clear water, incredible sunsets and an abundance of wildlife make for an unforgettable kayaking experience. Other advantages include:
- Waterways are much quieter so you can soak up the atmosphere without any distractions
- If you’re a beginner, refining your technique is more comfortable in the cooler weather and you won’t have too big an audience!
- The water is clearer in winter
- Marine life is more active – dolphins, turtles and seals are frequently spotted
- Subtle light – the sky appears a darker blue and the green of the bush seems deeper
- You need less hydration in winter so you can go further with less fuel.
- Wearing long sleeves for sun protection is far more comfortable than in summer
- There’s nothing quite like a hot chocolate or a warm meal after a kayak tour
Tips For Winter Kayaking
Kayaking in winter doesn’t mean putting up with bitterly cold wind or rain. A clear, calm day is best for kayaking in winter just as it is in summer. So, once you’ve checked the weather and got your kayak hire sorted or booked on a kayak guided tour, follow these tips for a comfortable kayaking adventure.
- Wear layers. Start with a t-shirt and add from there. You can take layers off or put them on as your body temperature changes.
- Bring a warm jacket for before and after your kayak tour.
- Don’t forget your hands! Bring gloves – you can always take them off if you get too warm but paddling with numb hands is not fun.
- A spare pair of clothes will come in handy in the event of an unexpected water encounter!