If youíre getting ready for your next kayaking or canoeing adventure, youíve come to the right place. We have great deals on all the UKís top kayak brands, including Palm, Yak, Nookie, Helly Hansen, Gul, Gill and Crewsaver. Here at Watersports Outlet, you are guaranteed to find high quality gear to get the most out of your paddling adventures, whether youíre looking for entry-level or technical performance kit. If you donít have your own boat yet, check out our selection of inflatable kayaks - the most portable way to get afloat. We also stock a wide range of kayak accessories from paddles to safety gear, as well as all the essential kayak clothing from kayak drysuits to hats and gloves, so you can keep warm and dry on the water all year round.
From the blog
What is kayaking? Our brief introduction to this hugely versatile paddle sport covers all the basic knowledge you'll need to get started, including where you can learn to kayak, what to wear and what to think about when buying your first kayak.
There's always debate around hardshell vs. inflatable kayaks, and both have benefits, but we're big fans of the blow-up variety. Learn how an inflatable kayak makes paddling adventures easier and saves investing in a kayak trolley or roof rack!
If you want to stay on the water when the weather turns, a drysuit is a great idea - whether you're kayaking, sailing or kitesurfing. We explain what a drysuit is, what to wear with it and what to look for when you're buying your first one.
What's the difference between a kayak and a canoe?
A canoe, which typically uses a single-bladed paddle and where you kneel or sit in an open boat, is potentially a bit trickier to master than a kayak. Kayaking uses a blade on each end of the paddle which makes it easier to get started and to co-ordinate with a crew mate. Kayaking has many benefits, both mental and physical and itís a great way for someone of any age and ability to get on the water. With the improved technology in inflatable kayaks, itís now easier than ever to have a go at paddle sports, particularly as the inflatable tubes offer greater stability and safety. Not sure where to start? Our beginner guide to kayaking covers all the need-to-know information, such as where to learn and how to choose a kayak. For more help, our kayaking blog is packed with useful information to help you with everything from buying a paddle to planning your next kayak holiday, so what are you waiting for?
The benefits of going inflatable
We often have customers call us and ask is an inflatable worth it? And our honest answer is that itís a great alternative to a traditional hardshell boat, due to it being so much easier to transport. Being able to deflate it and chuck it in the boot of your car saves the faff of roof racks and inflatable kayaks arenít going to leave dents or scratches in the paintwork. They also fold up neatly into a locker if you have a larger boat. Whatís more, theyíre perfect for leisurely trips up the river or inshore paddling at sea. Choose a 2-man kayak with plenty of storage pockets and integrated fishing rod holders for the perfect way to escape the 9-5. Have a browse of our website to find our best inflatable kayak picks at great prices, as well as the option of package deals, which also include the pump and paddles.
What kayak accessories do I need?
Having the right kayak accessories can make all the difference to your time on the water. A good spraydeck will keep you dry and comfortable and is an absolute must for rapids and waves on rigid kayaks, while a kayak trolley will make getting afloat a thousand times easier. If youíve chosen a blow-up kayak, investing in a high-quality pump will save you time on the beach before a session Ė check out our inflatable kayak package deals first though, as loads of these come with a pump included! For your own safety, have a browse through the mix of safety accessories we have available on our site, from throw lines to rescue knives, canoe air bags, and waist towlines. Finally, no one wants to find themselves up a creek without a paddleÖ Shop our great selection of kayak paddles or have a read of our guide to choosing a kayak paddle if youíre not sure what youíre looking for.
What should I wear for kayaking?
Keep yourself warm and dry with our great selection of kayak clothing from top brands, including Palm, Nookie, Yak, Gul, Crewsaver and Gill. Choose between cags, touring jackets, whitewater jackets and kayak drysuits, all specifically designed to keep kayakers dry in anything from light spray to rapids. For safety and protection, a buoyancy aid is a must. Ideally look for one designed specifically for kayaking, as it will facilitate more movement in the upper body, particularly your arms and shoulders. A helmet is also a really good idea Ė if youíre not convinced, find out why helmets are so important for watersports on our blog. If youíre serious about kayaking and plan to be out paddling all year round, itís worth taking a look at our range of hats, gloves, hoods, kayak shoes and thermals to ensure you stay warm in all conditions.