There’s nothing quite like an evening paddle, watching the sun go down and paddling home in quiet darkness. In winter when the sun disappears early it’s more important than ever to have lights with you when heading out. To join any of our night paddles you will need:
- 2 x white lights (no red or coloured). 1 for front and 1 for back
- Lights should have steady mode. Only the rowers have flashing lights
- Headtorch – you can bring these as a back-up but they’re not ideal. Often they are very bright and as they are at head-height, they can be a hindrance for your fellow paddler
- Spare batteries
If you plan to plan to paddle regularly in the dark (any time after 4.30pm in winter) it’s a good idea to invest in some decent lights. Below are various options for you to look at, but a great cheap and effective light is a simple small torch dropped into an empty plastic milk carton with a handle. Screw the lid on, attach to your kayak and you will be one of the brightest objects on the river! Dean managed to make a light sabre from a cheap torch and empty yakult bottle….perhaps we’ll start a competition for the best homemade light.
- Homemade as above. Don’t underestimate the power of an empty milk bottle!
- Silicone bike lights – these won’t last for a long time but are a great back-up to attach to your kayak toggles e.g.
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|All Round Battery Operated LED Navigation Light – Pirates Cave ChandleryA battery operated LED navigation light for small craft less than 7 metres in length. R equires 2 x D batteries. COLREG72-certified. Specifications: Dimensions (H x W x L): 200 x 300 x 100mm.www.piratescave.co.uk|
Really these are for paddling at sea, but if you buy them we’ll follow you anywhere
|Kayalu Kayalite Kayak Light compatible with sit-on-top (SOT), Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) and Canoe : Amazon.co.uk: Sports & OutdoorsShop Kayalu Kayalite Kayak Light compatible with sit-on-top (SOT), Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) and Canoe. Free delivery and returns on all eligible orders.www.amazon.co.uk|
If you’ve found any other good alternatives, let us know in the comments section.