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Essential Kayaking Gear and Clothing – Get Ready to Hit the Water!

Planning on kayaking during your vacation in the UAE? Here's what you need to know regarding how to dress and what equipment to pack before a kayaking adventure.



Kayaking is a popular tourist activity in the UAE, despite it being a land full of deserts. Places like Abu Dhabi have access to the sea and are blessed with mangrove forests and 'wadi' which are perfect for this sport. Paddles are perhaps the most iconic items of equipment for kayaking, with the exception of the kayak itself. The main thing to remember when choosing a paddle is to ensure that it's the right length for your kayak and yourself. Other factors include shaft types and the shape of the blade. For example, feathered or bent blades improve efficiency in the water.

Those planning on kayaking as a one-time activity won't need to worry about these choices. For example, when you stay at a beach villa in Abu Dhabi such as those at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, you will be provided with all the equipment you need for your kayaking excursion. However, if want to take up the sport, knowing how to select the right paddle will come in handy for when you purchase your own.


Spray Skirt and Bilge Pump

You'll also need to make sure your kayak has a spray skirt and bilge pump before you set off on any adventure. The bilge pump helps you get rid of water that has is gotten into the kayak, while the spray skirt helps prevent any from getting into it in the first place.



The need for this piece of kayaking gear is self-explanatory. No matter how great your swimming skills are, do not forgo a life-jacket when you are headed out onto the water. Also, make sure to pick one that fits you properly. It shouldn't be too snug or too loose after it is strapped to you, or else it defeats the purpose.



Protection from the sun is very important, especially if you are planning on kayaking when the sun is high in the sky. At times like this, the light can be almost blinding if you don't have a pair of shades on. Sunglasses help shield you from the glare of the sunlight reflecting off the water's surface. They also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Make sure to wear polarised sunglasses as the regular kind don't block out the ultraviolet rays.



Put on swimwear underneath, followed by spandex, nylon or polyester clothing. If you are expecting heavy rain or low temperatures, you can also take a water-proof or fleece jacket with you. Finish off the ensemble with waterproof shoes if you have them. A good hat can help provide shade and combat the heat if you're blessed with sunny weather.


Drinking Water

Pack some water for when you get thirsty. Paddling can be a lot of hard work, especially when you need to travel against the water current. You can also get dehydrated from being out in the hot sun for a long time. Standard kayaks usually have a small storage compartment which is meant for holding things that you'll need out on the water.