Wetspot Water Sports

Frequently Asked Questions: Stand-Up Paddling, Demo Kayaks. in Canberra

What happens when something breaks? 

We have an in store workshop that can see just about anything repaired. If we can’t do it here then we know where to get it done.

How do I know which product is right for me? 

After years of using the equipment our staff have a good understanding of how things work and how to get the best out of them. Whether it is a kayak, wetsuit, lifejacket, the right size surfboard or a windsurfing harness, we have the knowledge to ensure the correct fit.

How do I get started? 

We offer private lessons in windsurfing and kayaking, or if you are confident trying new things book in for one of our regular free demo mornings and give Kayaking or Stand up Paddling a go. We can also recommend professional Stand up paddleboard, surfing and sea kayaking instructors.

So come and talk to us, and soon you’ll love water based sports as much as we do.

Can I paddle in winter? 

Definitely and comfortably.  Despite Canberra being fairly cool over the winter months we stock the region’s best range of waterwear from booties, thermals, cags, drysuits, pogies, wetsuits and more and can help you to extend your season from 6 to 12 months.

Do I need to wear a lifejacket? 

New legislation has been passed which requires all recreational kayakers in boats less than 4.8m to wear an approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) in both ACT and NSW waters. All users of PWC and tow sports are also required to wear PFDs and there are stringent requirements for children in all types of boats and when crossing coastal bars. Ask our friendly staff and you can get fitted up with the appropriate jacket for your usage.

What size leash do I need for my surfboard? 

Generally we advise around the same length as the board. It seems to allow a safe distance from the board during a wipeout. If you intend to surf big waves then you may go a size up or increase the diameter for extra strength.

How do I transport my new toy? 

We have seen just about everything. From an 18 foot surf ski on an old Mini to a chap using electrical wire to tie his new double kayak down for a “short drive to Cooma”. Use our experience to make sure you get it right the first time. Ask us before you buy something you don’t actually need. We’ll let you know what best suits your situation.


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