Guiding and living in Seward requires some specialized gear. With nearly 90 inches of precipitation yearly a good pair of rubber boots and high quality rain gear is important. Seward is a recreational mecca, so do not forget a good pair of hiking boots or favorite toy!
Before we get into the list of required items there is one thing to keep in mind...most of these items can be purchased through Sunny Cove at a discounted rate.
Required Guide Gear
Marine VHF Radio
Your handheld radio should be waterproof, submersible and it's a good idea if it floats.
- This item can be purchase through Sunny Cove for a discounted rate when you arrive in Seward (approximately $100-120).
Kenai Fjords National Park Map
- This is a laminated 7.5 minute topographic map that can be picked up through the National Park Service here in Seward.
Type III or V Personal Flotation Device
- Spray skirts are sold in a combo of two sizes, tunnel size (around your waist) and deck size (around the combing of the kayak). You will need to choose a skirt that fits a large deck size. We recommend neoprene because it's sturdy and more watertight than laminate style skirts.
- The louder the better. Avoid whistles with a cork ball inside. Cork swells with moisture and the whistle will not work.
- A good rescue knife will come in handy when you need to free a line in a hurry or you forget your cheese knife. Salt water is hard on knives so look for one that resists corrosion. Choose a knife with a blunt tip that attaches to your PFD over a pocket knife. It can be tough to get your knife out of a pocket in a hurry...and it's much easier to forget when it's not attached.
- Most of us own and virtually live in neoprene boots as does most of Alaska. These can be picked up locally. Expect to spend about $100.
Personal Dry Bags
- You will most likely need a 10 liter and a 20 liter over the course of the summer.
Personal Hypothermia Kit
- This kit will go with you any time you paddle. Also known as a capsize kit. Should contain a synthetic or wool shirt, synthetic or wool pants, synthetic or wool socks, and a warm hat packed into a waterproof bag.
- Please be sure this phone will work in Seward. We will need to be able to contact you and your schedule will be available with live updates if you have a smart phone.
- Many of us have two sets of rain/paddling gear. One set is a Gore Tex type of material for light/moderate rainfall and rubberized rain gear for really wet days. Don't skimp on rain gear, you'll regret buying a cheap jacket. Paddling gear (aka dry top/bottoms) will work well too. A drysuit isn't necessary, unless you'd prefer to wear one.
Synthetic Sleeping Bag
- We recommend a 20° bag that packs small. This is a wet climate, and avoiding a down bag is a good idea.
Highly Recommended Items to Bring
- Lightweight Thermal Underlayers
- Expedition Weight Thermal Underlayers
- Fleece Jacket
- Polypro or Wool Blend Socks
- Packable Pillow
- Paddling Gloves/Pogies
- Synthetic Shorts
- Rain Hat, Insulated Hat, Baseball Cap
- Hiking Boots, Street Shoes and Sandals
- Sunglasses, Spare Glasses, Strap for Glasses
- Sunscreen and Lip Balm
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Personal Medications
- Bicycle for Getting to Town (some guide bikes are available)
- Travel Mug
- Pocket Knife
Please come prepared to spend a significant amount of time outside both working and recreating. Please note, it is the responsiblity of the applicant to purchase all gear. Sunny Cove cannot be held responsible for any gear expenses. If you have any questions about the type of gear you should bring/purchase, or if you'd like to find out how to get discounts please drop us an email.