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Where do I go from here?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Carter Sep 23, 2008.


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What kind of Paddling are you into?
Sea Kayaking, Flatwater (Lakes and mellow rivers)
What boats do you own? (kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc.)
Favorite place to paddle?
so far - Barbados!
Most memorable paddle?
How long have you been paddling?
Less than 1 year

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At 1:55am on August 30, 2008, Shane Pettingill said…
Hi Laura,

I must admit it was a fair expense at first especially when we had to purchase 2 of everything!
So Wetsuits, Kayaks and accessories it all adds up, but there are places that hire various Kayaks and Canoes to get you started.

Our son Konnor had such a great time during his weeks course that I thought...why not and although we've only been out 3 or 4 times we know there will be plenty more to come.

So to start off we bought our Wetsuits from...can you believe Asda!
I bought a 3mm short sleeve/leg @ £17.99, a 3mm long sleeve/leg @ £22.99 and Konnor we got a 3mm long @ £17.99.
We also got the slip on slippers @ £6/pr and finally a rash vest for £7.

So kitted out fairly cheaply and I have to admit the quality is outstanding for the price.

Comparing our wetsuits to a friends "Quiksilver" type which was around the £80 mark, there's not alot of difference, even he was impressed.

The next expense is Buoyancy Aids, we got Crew Saver ones, I think more cause Konnor liked them and at £45ea not too badly priced, i think these are Recognised by the RNLI although there are other which range from £29.99 upwards.

Unfortunately that leaves the Kayaks but for us we did get a massive discount from the Family Adventure Store which you can read up in my blog, they saved us around £130!

Ok, now for some linkys for you.

British Canoe Union
This is broken down to the 4 countries, England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.

So here's the one for England.
Canoe England

River Access for all Petition

Canoe & Kayak Magazine UK

Canoe & Kayak Magazine USA
Have subscribed to this but it takes about 28 days so looking forward to my first issue.

Find your nearest Club

UK Rivers Guide Book

Slipwaysin the UK
Great site for finding all the slipways to easily launch from and you can buy the book like I have for only £10.00.

I've added some Pic's in my album called "Info & Maps", so you can see what sort of booklets and info you can get.

Hope this helps and anything I can possibly help with, just ask away.

Happy Kayaking



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