Five essential items every kayaking beginner needs!

Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayak

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You’ve just purchased your first inflatable kayak and you’re looking forward to taking it out on the water for your first adventure.

Taking your kayak out for the first time can be exciting but also very daunting. By following our essential equipment guide for all kayaking beginners, to help you prepare for your venture.

We regularly get asked what equipment we’d recommend when purchasing a kayak.
To save you the time and hassle of trying to find what items you should take, here is our ‘go-to guide of five essential items’ you should be taking with you to ensure your trip is safe and enjoyable.


Gill Pro Racer Buoyancy Aid

buoyancy aid


Keeping safe on the water should always be the number one priority and having a Buoyancy Aid is a must! These are built to adjust and clamp to the body with maximum comfort and flexibility but more importantly to ensure your safety. At True North Sailing we offer a wide range of buoyancy aids suitable for kayaking.

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Gill 10L Dry Cylinder Bag

Gill dry bag


These are simple, effective and a need for any watersport! We always recommend taking a dry bag to keep all your belongings dry whilst out on the water. No one wants a soggy sandwich.

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Sevylor Electric 12V Pump

Sevylor Pump


We all know that time not spent on the water is time wasted, so an electric pump will help to get you on the water quicker and will avoid wasting valuable kayaking time! Especially if like us you have children waiting in anticipation.

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Oxford Mint Supreme Drying Towel

Dry towel


When your adventure-packed day comes to an end, ensure your kayak is wiped down before putting it away to avoid mould appearing. It goes without saying maintaining your kayak will expand its life span. They are easy to roll up and store and extremely absorbent.

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Aquapac Waterproof Phone Case – Small

aqua pac


It is always important to take a communication device with you should you ever find yourself in difficulty so you can raise the alarm. Taking your phone out on the water always involves a risk of it becoming wet or falling overboard. The Aquapac waterproof phone case will keep it dry and close to you. True North Sailing stocks various size phone cases to suit most models of phones.

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