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Planning to Kayak South Carolina waters? Need to get in touch? Inquiries are welcome by phone at (843) 352-2267, or .

Plan to kayak in Charleston? You can find us at our Charleston, South Carolina store — we're open by appointment. Give us a call!



Featured Gear:
   Astral Brewer   The next big thing in water shoes!
   Storm Cags   One piece protection when you need it most
   PaddleBritches   What protects your deck?
   Tow Lines   Important to carry and learn to use
   Kayak Charleston   THE book for paddling in the Lowcountry
   Yakima Roof Racks & RACKandROLL   What you need to carry your boat
   PADDLES: Paddles by Werner
   Kayaking DVDs  |  Kokatat PFDs  |  Paddle Pouches   |   SKC Hats & T-Shirts

PFDs by Kokatat

Top Quality & Outstanding Fit —
We carry a variety of Kokotat vests. Padling requires a non-binding fit, and these top-quality vests are highly adjustable, fitting a wide range of body shapes and sizes: come try one on today.

The MsFit and Orbit are just two of the many styles we carry —

MsFit Tour Lifevest: Designed for female sea kayakers with a contoured, princess-seam foam cut for superior anatomic fit and comfort. While designed for women, the MsFit Tour is an excellent choice for men too. Scott (secure in his masculinity and in touch with his feminine side) currently wears the MsFit tour.Kokatat MsFit PFD

Front and rear reflective tape, a strobe lash tab, two bellows pockets and one vertical front pocket will give the gadget-happy paddler plenty of room for toys. Ergonomic and innovative components such as thermoformed, padded Hypalon® shoulders, 3 side adjustments & quick-release waist closure, clip-on tabs for accessories and superlative construction methods set the standard in modern PFD design. Made with GAIA® PVC-free foam.
MsFit Tour Lifevest available now for $142
BUOYANCY LB./OZ. — S (16/05), M (16/05), L (16/06), XL (16/13)

* 500D Cordura® outer and 200D nylon oxford inner shell
* Articulated shell and foam panels
* 2 bellows pockets with zippered side entry
* One electronics pocket
* Front lash tab
* Reflective tape
* Strobe lash tab on back
* USCG approved
* Transport Canada (ULC) approved
* CE approved

Orbit Tour Lifevest: This very low-profile personal flotation device allows touring and whitewater kayakers to move more freely and stay cooler than with most PFDs.Kokatat Orbit Tour Life jacket

The addition of 3M reflective highlights and a spacious duplex pocket make the Orbit Tour a great choice for paddlers looking for comfort and mobility in a low-profile vest. Constructed of the same material as the Orbit. There is no bulky foam padding on the shoulders, while the hardware neatly fits under the neoprene. Front pocket, reflective highlights, dual side adjustments round out this UL & ULC approved touring vest’s features. Made with GAIA® PVC-free foam.

(15/08), L/XL (15/08)
Orbit Tour Lifevest available now for $142
* 500D Cordura® outer and 200D nylon oxford inner shell
* Large front pocket with key lanyard
* 3M™ reflective highlights
* Two adjustments on each side
* Adjustable shoulder straps
* Hidden shoulder adjustment ladder locks
* Front and rear internal grip panels
* Front lash tab
* USCG approved
* Transport Canada (ULC) approved

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Tow Lines

Having a reliable personal towing system and the knowledge of how to use it is essential to coastal kayakers. In addition to aiding injured and exhausted paddlers, it can also be used to help slower paddlers stay with a group and keep them from getting exhausted or injured.

Towing can be a risky business with the possibilities of towlines getting tangled or snagged. You can't be too careful with lines in the water. We use waist mounted systems with a quick release mechanism built in so you can easily get out of the rig if needed.

Sea Kayak Carolina stocks personal tow systems from North Water, who are recognized in the industry as a premier manufacturer of kayaking safety equipment. Check out some of their exciting products below:sea tec tow line

Sea Tec Tow Line
This sleek, compact tow line unfolds to make a large wide-mouth bag that is easy to re-stuff in rough water conditions. It can be used as a waist held system or quickly converted to a deck mounted system. The industry standard for kayak guides, instructors and Paddlesport professionals.

* Built in collaboration with a number of Level 5 BCU Instructors
* Braided, high grade polyproplene rope 30' x 1/4"
* Stainless steel carabiner
* Floatation built into the bag
* Exterior carabiner anchor for quick access
* Shock cord integrated into towline without using knots, eliminates snagging potential
* High visibility reflective tape identifies main pocket, float and the quick release buckle toggle

$124.95 Call 843-352-2267 to order one today

quick release rescue towQuick Release Rescue Tow Line

For short or long tows, this sleek and compact tow line unrolls to expose a gaping mouth filled with a marine brass eye hook for anchoring and adjusting the 55' of floating 1/4" polypropelene rope with built in shock cord. L 12" x H 4" x W 3".

$99.95 Call 843-352-2267 to order one today

Quick Tow Linequick release rescue tow
This is designed for guides and instructors who don't need to deal with ocean swells. The bag's oversized mouth and low profile tapered shape allows for quick storage of the 25' x 1/4" polypropelene floating line. It is adjustable to any length, has built-in shock dampening, is ambidextrous, and has built-in floatation on a 1/2" belt with quick release. "Opening diameter 13".

$69.95 Call 843-352-2267 to order one today

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PaddleBritches ® by North Water

PaddleBritches ® allows a sea kayaker to confidently store a spare paddle within easy reach without scratching the kayak or worrying about losing your spare paddles .

Paddle BritchesAs functional as they are fun-looking, the Paddle Britches hold your spare paddle handy, yet safe from greedy waves. Built-in loops let you attach it to the existing deck lines on your sea kayak – then you simply tuck the shaft ends of your disassembled spare into the Britches and the blade ends under your deck shockcords. Built of 1000-denier Cordura®, the openings are angled and re-enforced to remain open and instantly drain water.Weight: 106g

$34.95 Call 843-352-2267 to order one today

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Dry Bags

There is an old saying among kayakers concerning drybags – “You can’t have too many” – a concept we wholeheartedly agree with here at Sea kayak Carolina. It’s typically better to have several smaller dry bags than one big one. This is because they pack easier that way. Also, we like to write on the bag what’s in it for quick identification.

On a typical kayaking daytrip members of the staff here will have at least four dry bags with them. A hypothermia kit (stuffed with old fleece and other synthetic warm clothing), a personal bag, a first aid kit and extra clothes for ourselves in final bag. For more extended trips we would have even more gear bags.

Below are some of the quality dry bags we stock in this shop. Please call us at 843-352-2267 to discuss all of your gear needs. pacific outdoor equipment dry sack

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Dry Sack
A flat design makes these sacks flexible and compact for storage in canoes, rafts, kayaks or any other craft. Can be used individually or as added protection in our river duffels these dry sacks are built with durable fabric, D-ring lash points and a purge/fill valve for compact compression or added flotation if needed.

• Durable, abrasion resistant 210D Nylon with easy fastening Duraflex buckles.
• Roll top waterproof design to keep all your items dry and secure.
• Purge valve for easy compression that allows the bag to fit into tighter quarters during travel.
• Lash down points for strapping it to another item or keeping it secure in the raft.
• Strap attachment (not included) for carrying the item extended distances.
• Available in 5L, 15L, 25L, 50L

Pricing starts at $24.00
Call 843-352-2267 to order one today or to discuss any of the other great Pacific Outdoor Equipment products available in the store.

sea to summit dry bagsSea to Summit Dry Bags

Super strong and abrasion resistant, this non-PVC mid-weight dry bag has space saving low profile Hypalon® lash loops on the sides for secure stacking and a roll-resistant oval shape. A great choice for rugged water sports like kayaking, canoeing and rafting. Suitable to keep contents dry in any wet situation where the bag is not submerged.
• TPU laminated fabric with 10,000 mm waterhead
• Super strong and abrasion resistant 420 D nylon fabric
• Waterproof, double stitched, reinforced, tape sealed seams
• Hypalon® lash loops for secure attachment or stacking
• Waterproof Hypalon® roll top closure does not wick moisture
• Space saving, low profile, streamlined shape
• Oval base resists rolling- stays where you put it

Available in a variety of sizes with pricing starting at $17.95
Call 843-352-2267 to order one today or discuss some of the other fine Sea to Summit Drybags in stock.

Pelican Micro CasesPelican micro cases
Fits small portable electronics such as cameras and cell phones
• Active sport carabiner secures to backpack or belt loop
• Easy open latch
• Rubber liner for extra protection doubles as o-ring seal
• Stainless steel hardware
• Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence
• Water resistant, crushproof, and dust proof
• Available with a clear lid and colored liner: Black, Red, Blue and Yellow liners available

Choose from a number of sizes with pricing starting at $15.95
Call 843-352-2267 to discuss which Pelican Micro Case is right for you.

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Kayak Charleston by Ralph Earhart

Kayak Charleston book by Ralph EarhartKayak Charleston: Trips within 1 hour of Charleston – Now in it's third updated edition, and authored by Charleston's own Ralph Earhart, this must-have book for area paddlers will lead you to over 50 landings and throw-ins.

A great resource we're happy to carry in our shop.
     ›› Learn more about Kayak Charleston

Sea Kayak Carolina (SKC) Gear Available

Wear The SKC Turtle! OK – we admit it, this might not be essential gear, but we're glad to be able to offer our logo and mascot turtle on Sea Kayak Carolina hats, t-shirts and water bottles:

Quick Drying 50/50 Cotton-Poly T-Shirts — SOLD OUT
We're always designing new turtle-wear - stop by and check out the newest t-shirts and tank-tops!!

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The appropriate apparel to wear for space shuttle launch viewing!

Sea Kayak Carolina CapQuick drying, high-quality, Kavu synthetic strapcaps — ONLY $25

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Pierrine’s Paddle Pouches

Protect Your Investment: Made locally on John's Island, these soft fleece pouches protect your paddle from bangs and scrapes – and protect those items your paddle might be bumping into.

Scott models Paddle Pouches

$25 for regular (2-part) Paddle Pouches.
$30 for Greenland Pouch

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We have an assortment of DVDs at the shop — looking to improve your strokes? Or interested in developing your rolling skills? There's a DVD for you. Maybe you're fascinated by some o the sport's extremes – extreme conditions and extreme locations are featurd in a number of entertaining titles. Great viewing for yourself or the paddling enthusiast in your life.

This Is The Sea sea kayaking DVDs
Three long admired "This Is the Sea" films on DVD, and a fourth recently released: Thrilling footage taken in big surf and roaring tidal races lets you feel you are in the boat with expert paddlers.
   ›› more about This Is the Sea DVDs

Eastern Horizons kayaking DVDs
Eastern Horizons is an inspirational and breathtaking sea kayaking adventure film, documenting North America’s east coast from Georgia to Newfoundland. Weaving their own experiences in these magnificent places, Bryan Smith and Lise-Anne Beyries take viewers up close with thousands of miles of the sea eastern sea board.
   ›› more about Eastern Horizons DVD

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