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Why SUP in the cold winter months?

Peaceful - you are likely to be the only one on the water. Fewer power boats and no loud noises make for a relaxing SUP session.

Nature – why stop your adventures into the outdoors just because the winter months have arrived? All it takes is a bit of extra layering and you can enjoy the fun all year round.

Landscapes – there’s nothing quite like wintery mist and snowy landscapes.

Health - being in the fresh cold temperatures can be very exhilarating and you can feel invigorated. Plus, after a few hours of exercise in the winter weather you might find you sleep better at night.

No crowds – whether your SUP style is touring on flat water or catching waves with the surfers, you’re bound to get a whole body of water to yourself in winter.

  • Be prepared for the changing weather.
  • You don’t want to freeze whilst out on the water - that’s no fun!
  • There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

Winter SUP clothing list.

There’s no need to put your paddle board away for the winter months - you can SUP all year round! You might need a little more time to prep, but cold weather paddle boarding can be even more rewarding than in the summer. Staying warm on the water makes all the difference to make for an enjoyable SUP session. From head to toe your clothing is one of the most important things to get right. Here at Northern Diver, we have EVERYTHING you could possibly need to SUP in the winter.

Hat - it goes without saying that wearing a hat in the winter is a really good idea. 

A normal fleece beanie like our Thermicore Hat would be fine however if you think you might get wet maybe opt for our Neoprene Beanie that’s designed to keep you warm even in the water. 

Either option would be perfect for keeping you warm whilst paddle boarding on the colder days.

Base layers and thermal undersuits –stock up on as many layers as you need, but don’t overheat! Underneath your outer layer is just as important as everything else, we stock a vast range of options in different thicknesses to help you find the ideal layering thermals for you. From 1 – 2- and 3-piece undersuits you’re sure to find the right one for you. Consider whether you get cold easily when making this choice, but also keep in mind that you’ll get warm while paddling too.

Gloves –you don’t want to be trying to paddle if you can’t feel your fingers! Neoprene gloves will keep your hands warm even if they get wet.

We stock a range of gloves that include over printed or textured rubber palms for added grip so your paddle is not slipping out of your hands.

Neoprene gloves come in thicknesses ranging from 2mm right up to 7mm! 

Wetsuit - for winter, SUP wetsuits are a lot more affordable than drysuits. It’s worth investing in a long john wetsuit, as it gives you more freedom of movement in the arms and shoulders and allows for more versatility. 

Throw a neoprene top underneath if you’re feeling chilly, or easily roll it down if you’re paddling hard enough to overheat a little. A wetsuit is also versatile, as you can use it for other sports such as cold-water swimming or winter SUP surfing.

Available in a range of thicknesses from 3mm to 7mm with front and rear entry zip options - you are sure to find a suit to match your SUP needs. 

Membrane drysuit - if you don't fancy having water near your skin at all, a drysuit might be a good choice for you. It will keep the water out fully, so you'll stay bone dry if you fall in (with the exception of your head). A drysuit will protect you from the elements without restricting your movement. It'll keep you dry and warm for as long as you’re on the water, provided you've got the appropriate layers on underneath. Winter SUP drysuits are loose, with lots of room for toasty layers, making them even warmer than the thickest winter SUP wetsuit, as well as easier to take on and off. They are the choice for most seasoned, regular cold-water SUPers. However, they are a bit of an investment.

PFD or Life Jacket - one of the first things to be thinking about is safety.

For cold water paddle boarding, you should always wear a lifejacket or a PFD. Even the most experienced paddlers make sure to wear one. The reason for this? Sudden immersion in cold water can affect your breathing and your limbs.

A lifejacket or PFD will keep you afloat if you experience any of this, allowing you to relax and focus on getting yourself back on board. As a nice bonus, a lifejacket or PFD can provide an extra layer of warmth around your chest.

Footwear - If you keep your feet warm, your body will follow suit. We have a number of recommendations for you to think about. 

1. Wetboots - ankle-height in thick neoprene with a cosy lining. If your feet get wet, the water will warm up inside the boots, so make sure they fit properly. 

2. Temperate neoprene or dry socks can be worn inside your boots for additional warmth and protection from the water. 

3. In-water boots – we have a range of boots that have great grip, are ideal for any terrain and are designed to be used in the wet or dry!