Paddle board tips for Cold Weather
Paddleboard Tips for Cold Weather
Would you like to keep paddling in the winter? I paddle all year round, which means that I must be prepared for changing conditions.
If I’m not on my inflatable paddleboard for too long, I begin to crave it! Can you tell me? Can you tell me?
I don’t want to freeze in the winter months when on the water, that’s not pleasant. However, I can not only paddle in colder weather with the right gear and safety, but I also enjoy it.
When the water has frozen, you will figure me out. It’s not as much as in the warmer months, but I’m typically gambling.
There are many benefits to be provided by winter paddle boarding.
For one, I always find myself the only paddler, and I love the peace and calm—no powerboats, no noisy noise, no large crowds, or very few. Often I have the whole field to myself (and whoever paddles with me). I, therefore, find winter paddle boarding exceptionally relaxed.
It’s fascinating, too. Like any winter sport, you typically find that you feel invigorated in the fresh, cold air. As a bonus, you may also find that after a good few hours of work in the cold weather, you sleep better at night.
Let us look precisely at what you need to think about both before and during the paddle session and what you need to wear to remain warm and dry so that you can continue paddling right up until the spring thaw.
Cold paddling equipment will add up but cost no fortune. You probably have some items in your wardrobe already.
TIP # 1 – WELL PREPARED TIP
Until you reach the water, a few measures are required to help with relaxation and warmth.
On the way to the pool, I take a thermos of tea with me in my car. On the way, I drink a cup and save a couple for the paddle.
I find this quite comfortable, but when I finish, it also helps warm me up.
Often I bring a thermal tea bath for the paddleboard and share it with mates. I love to take a fast, hot tea break.
A hot drink is just one of the tiny extra beverages that can enhance the experience.
Double-check that before leaving home, you have all your protective equipment, such as:
LEASH – If you have a leash on your desk, use it! I’d strongly recommend having one if it didn’t. A 10′ leash is going to do the trick.
Protect the leash to your D-ring and ankle. The last thing you want is to slip into it and sweep away your board. Your paddleboard will save your life the most.
DRINKING WATER – I don’t feel the need to drink water when I paddle, but I can go through a lot in summer.
But I think it’s necessary for you even if you’re not using it, especially if you’re going to be on the water for more than an hour.
It can be a smart idea to put hot water into a thermos.
DRY BAG – A dry bag is required to store a few additional safety items.
EXTRA CLOTHES -Bring excess paddle wear. If you fall in or get wet, it’s serious.
You may want to put an extra few layers in a dry bag to carry you out on the board.
Examples of extra clothes that you may want to put in a dry bag are an added pair of gloves, scarf, long sleeves, and, in particular, an extra pair of wool socks.
PFD – The right life jacket or PFD belt not only helps with extra insulation but is necessary to use one for the winter paddling (not just having it on your board).
The water can be so cold that if you fall in, you can freeze quickly. This will make swimming even harder. Be intelligent, and wear your PFD.
Mobile PHONE – In case of an emergency, keep your cell phone in your dry pocket.
TELL A FRIEND.
Tell a friend or loved one where you go and what time you plan to be back before you go.
Protection is so critical in the winter months in particular. Be intelligent and let somebody know your strategy for paddling.
CHECK THE WATER
You’ll want to see the weather forecast next. Before you hit the water, check the wind speed, temperature, and overall estimates.
This is not always so relevant if you paddle along the shore of a calm lake, but it’s a brilliant exercise.
Nothing is worse than a perfect paddling day to return in full wind, rain, or snowstorm to the beach.
I was caught paddling back in the heavy wind a few times and swore I would never let that happen again. It can be terrifying, tiring, and dangerous.
TIP # 2 – WATER TEMPERATURE DRESS
No one wants to slip into the water to freeze. However, falls can occur, and the water temperature should be dressed according to the air temperature.
Consider the body of water when choosing your layers wisely, how far you are from shore, and how easily you can reach protection.
Start your head, your hands, and your feet. It would help if you remained warm to enjoy the experience.
A neoprene tuque or fleece is perfect for the head. I’m part of a cozy fleece beanie. It’s not scratching and keeps me wet.
It would help if you had waterproof gloves or neoprene hand gloves.
I usually have some pairs of my NRS paddling gloves. But in freezing weather, I don’t think that my fingers are warm enough.
So often, I only wear winter gloves or sleeves that are more separated. However, if a shift occurs, neoprene gloves are vital if you end up in freezing water.
You don’t want your gloves to be too bulky in paddling, but make sure they keep your digits warm.
You have a few options for your feet …
A couple of neoprene boots keep your feet toasty. I’m using these NRS paddle wet shoes. They have a male and female paddle variant and are suitable for even the coldest days. At this point, my boys are almost a decade old and still impressive.
If the temperature is icy, I find I still have to add a pair of batons. You should wear them inside your wet shoes. This is what I use at NRS. If it’s cold but not snowy, I can still only wear wet socks without wet shoes. You may also wear a pair of wool socks inside your wet shoes in a pinch rather than wet socks.
TIP: While you want wet shoes to fit snugly, do not make them too small, or do not fit in with your wet socks.
Even if I own a wetsuit, I rarely use it. Since I paddleboard mostly on calm lakes and rivers in the winter, I usually make up my layers close to the shore.
You may want to invest in a decent wetsuit or drysuit if you’re ocean paddling. The jacket is perfect if you think you’re in the sea. The neoprene traps and keeps the water warm against your body.
If you’re unable to get into the sea, a drysuit is warmer and more comfortable as you can sit underneath.
This is what I usually wear for a peaceful lake and river paddling.
- A couple of fleece legs
- Water-resistant pants
- I wear my top half:
- A moisture winding t-shirt with long sleeves
- Sweatshirt fleece
- And a waterproof jacket.
TIP: When preparing your layers, it is most important to try to avoid cotton. Cotton will absorb moisture and water and will quickly help you cool down.
TIP # 3 – PLAY IT SAFE
I would be warning against another essential information, in addition to bringing all of your safety equipment listed in tip # 1…
The days are shorter, and the winter months are colder.
Plan your outing accordingly, and then you can put a waterproof white light on either your body or your board if you think you will be out after dark or in the dusk so that other boaters or people will see you.
I caught up a few times when my paddle session took longer than planned and then returned in the dark.
Although it may be a calm and eager sensation, it is not the safest choice.
Do it closer to the end of your trip if you want to see the sunset from your board. That way, when the sun goes down, you can quickly return to the beach.
At worst, you have a headlamp or other safety light with you if you get stuck in the dark.