Sprayskirts are made from neoprene and are designed to keep water out of the inside of your kayak so that you keep floating. The skirt fits securely around the cockpit rim and has a pull cord or grab loop that stays on the outside of your cockpit so you can pull the skirt off if you want to get out.
Most women find it easiest to step into the skirt and pull it up over their hips. It's important to accept that there's no graceful way of pulling the small tunnel over your hips, you'll get used to it. You want the tunnel to fit snugly around your waist.
Putting your sprayskirt over your cockpit for the first time can be one of the most frustrating things about learning how to kayak. Here are some tips to make it easier: Firstly, when neoprene is dry it shrinks up and becomes stiff so if you dunk your skirt in water it will help it stretch out.
So here's the best way to put on your sprayskirt. The first thing you want to do is put the back of the skirt on the back of the cockpit rim. So you have to lean back a little bit to make sure that you can get the skirt around the back. Once it's on the back, you want to continue to stretch the skirt forward using your palms and your thumb making sure it's on all around, making sure my grab loop is on the outside, and I'm ready to go.
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