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In addition to the basics (a kayak with sealed bulkheads or flotation bags, a personal flotation device and a paddle), here is a list of the gear you are required to take with you on the various levels of HASK paddling trips.  Of course you will want to bring plenty of fluids and food/snacks.

 

These items represent what we believe are real needs for your safety and the safety of those paddling with you. Keep in mind that the trip leader has the right to ask you not to participate if you don’t have the required gear. 

 

If you have questions or are uncertain about anything, contact the trip leader for the trip you are planning to attend. 

  

These requirements and recommendations are for paddling on a HASK trip where trip leaders and others on the trip will have extra paddles, signaling devices, tow systems, etc.  You should consider bringing additional gear when paddling on your own or with other groups.

   

“I've learned so much since joining this

group.  I'm a much improved paddler, and

now enjoy the sport even more” – Kathryn S



 

Trip Level Required Recommended 
Level 1 PFD, hydration, snacks, whistle, weather and water temp appropriate clothing
Spray skirt, bilge pump, paddle float
Level 2
 
PFD, hydration, snacks, whistle, weather and water temp appropriate clothing
 
Spray skirt, bilge pump, paddle float
Level 3
 
PFD, hydration, snacks, whistle, weather and water temp appropriate clothing, spray skirt, bilge pump, paddle float
 
Sling, towing system, knife
Level 4
 
PFD, hydration, snacks, whistle, weather and water temp appropriate clothing, spray skirt, bilge pump, paddle float
 
Sling, towing system, knife, spare paddle, flares, VHF radio
Level 5
 
PFD, hydration, snacks, whistle, weather and water temp appropraite clothing, spray skirt, bilge pump, paddle float, sling, towing system, knife, spare paddle, VHF radio, flares
 
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