Required Safety Gear:
All kayakers are required to have (and preferably wear) an approved PFD. We must also carry buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres long, a paddle, a bailer or water pump, and a signaling device (whistle or compressed airhorn.
Transport Canada's Sea Kayaking Safety Guide offers an excellent introduction to gear and safety:
Paddle Float; neoprine footwear; spare paddle; wetsuit for paddling in cold water - necessary for paddling in Lake Superior; paddling jacket; spare paddle. If you want to paddle on Superior during the shoulder seasons, consider the purchase of a Drysuit. (N.B. Custom sized dry suits made by Kokatat can be ordered via Wilderness Supply.)
Renting or Purchasing Boats and Gear:
Sea Kayaking Lessons Thunder Bay can advise you on required safety gear, paddle and boat design; however, we do not rent or sell equipment.
Wildnerness Supply has an excellent selection of Kayaks and gear to rent or purchase. See their standard rental prices here. (There is a discount on rental prices if you are renting equipment in order to take the Paddle Canada Basic and Level 1 courses.)
Other local businesses that sell and/or rent kayaking gear include: