What should I wear for kayaking in 50 degree weather?

Notes and Lore

Can I kayak in 50 degree weather?

Kayaking is one of the safest activities around, especially on flat water, mild currents and in good weather. But anytime you’re around water there’s some risk. Wearing a PFD (personal flotation device, or life jacket) almost guarantees safety even in a capsize… unless the temperature of the water is dangerously cold.

Is 50 degrees too cold to kayak?

The American Canoe Association recommends wearing protective insulating gear if the temperature of the water you’re paddling is 60 degrees or colder, or if the water and air temperature combined add up to less than 120 degrees.

What is good weather for kayaking?

Air Temperature

Anything over 50 degrees makes things much more enjoyable for kayaking, but the best weather conditions for kayaking involve air temperatures over 70 degrees. That helps to make up for colder waters when you’re assessing the 120-degree rule.

What water temperature is too cold?

Treat any water temperature below 70F (21C) with caution. 40F(4.4C) or lower Water is painfully cold.

What months can you kayak?

What Is the Best Season for Kayaking? Most people find that late spring to early summer is the best time to go kayaking. By this point in the year, the weather is generally warm enough to not have to bundle up, but it isn’t so hot that you have to worry about keeping cool either.

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Do you wear a bathing suit to kayak?

Bathing suit

Bathing suits are great to wear kayaking. They are perfect for getting wet. If it’s a nice warm day and the water temperature isn’t too cold that’s all you really need. Maybe a quick drying shirt and shorts to go with it.

How do I keep my feet warm while kayaking?

For cold weather and water, I prefer wearing a drysuit, with built-in dry socks. It keeps your body heat contained within one piece of gear, you can put your feet in the water without getting your feet wet, and you stay dry if you do happen to swim.