It’s about that time of year when we all want to raft, kayak, canoe, paddle board, etc., Make sure you are ready by getting you and your gear ready. You always want your gear to be in top shape. Gather all your gear and check to make sure it is in good shape, clean and ready for your activity. I like to wash my gear in a mixture of 1 part dawn dish washing liquid, 1 part oxy-clean, 4 parts white vinegar, in a tub of clean water and Then rinse several times and then dip in a tub of 303 mixed with water. I never leave river or lake water on my gear when i finish a trip- always rinse with clean water or a mixture and hang in a shady place to dry.
If you need repairs on your gear, make them immediately because once the warm days hit you will want to be on the water.
Getting yourself ready, make sure you are in shape to paddle start with short non challenging trips to get your groove on, stretch your body and limber up. Just remember you don’t have to be a skinny mini to play. Once you get your groove on then you are ready for the time of your life. Play safe, Have fun, hope to see you on the river or lake.