The most important thing in the cold is the right clothing. The body gives off a lot of heat through the head, so headgear is highly recommended to avoid hypothermia and to keep the ears warm. The same applies to the hands: having to hold the paddle with ice-cold fingers can quickly ruin a comfortable tour. Thickly padded gloves are essential for a trip in winter. Of course, warm clothing for the upper body, legs and feet is a must. This is best layered so that layers can be taken off and put on as needed.
There is always a risk of capsizing. As the cold water cools the body quickly and makes swimming difficult, it is essential to wear a life jacket and a waterproof outer layer of clothing. Safety is also paramount when kayaking.
Kayaking is one of the few water sports that is possible all year round. Whether alone, with friends or family - as a strenuous sport in white water or quietly in the lake to observe nature - kayaks are fun for many people. Maybe you too will soon discover your passion for paddling!