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What to Wear

Dress for the weather

Every day 
  • Wear a PFD or a lifejacket. 
  • Footwear – running shoes or sailing shoes will reduce slipping, and provide some protection for your feet. Sandals and bare feet are not good choices. 
  • Take a tie-cord for glasses. 

Cold and Wet Days 
  • Wear polypropolene or similar underwear and wool clothing to provide warmth. 
  • Wear a hat or wool toque to keep your head warm - much body heat is lost through your head. 
  • Bring a windbreaker. 
  • Wear rain gear: it keeps you dry and cuts the wind. 
  • Bring a complete change of clothes and a towel to the boathouse. 
  • Avoid fleece: it is cold and heavy when wet. Not a good choice for sailors. 
  • Try a wetsuit and neoprene booties: they improve your odds if you capsize in cold water, and they are also warm on cold days. 

Hot and Sunny Days 
  • Dress lightly but beware of overexposure. 
  • Wear cotton -- a poor choice in cold weather, but OK when it is hot. 
  • Use sun block, or wear long sleeves and a hat. 
  • Take drinking water. 

What not to wear 
  • Watches which are not water proof 
  • Jeweler, bracelets, and large earrings 
  • Wallets, loose change, and identification – if you carry ID keep it in a water proof container. 
  • Keys