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Storing water sports equipment

Storing water sports equipment
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Extend the life of your windsurf, paddleboard or canoe by storing it properly

Getting out on the water is great for your wellbeing, both physical and mental. But most water sports, whether you’re paddling or swimming, involve a fair amount of equipment. You might want to keep any of these in your storage unit:

  • inflatable toys
  • surfboards and paddleboards
  • windsurfs
  • water-skis and wakeboards
  • dinghy
  • canoe or kayak
  • wetsuits and drysuits
  • scuba gear
  • paddles

Rather than filling your garage with surfboards, kayaks and wetsuits, why not use a storage unit located near your launch site?

How much will it cost to keep my water sports equipment in a storage unit?

The costs of self-storage vary round the country, and depending on the facilities offered. We recommend getting a few quotes from different storage companies to get an idea of what’s good value. Just make a rough list of what you want to store, and make a quick calculation about how much space it will take up. A good way of doing it is to think in terms of a walk-in wardrobe, a telephone box, a shed. Many storage companies have online quoting systems that will help you to visualise how much space you need.

What are the advantages of using a storage unit for surf and paddleboards?

Surfboards and other water sports equipment will last longer if they are stored off the ground and under cover, protected from direct sunlight and from extremes of temperature. When you use a storage unit, you can be confident that your paddleboard will be ready for use when you want it. A drive-up storage unit has lots of advantages, particularly if you want to store a kayak trailer.

Before you store your scuba gear and wetsuits…

As always, inspect your goods before you store them. Check your neoprene items for damage, and ensure everything is clean and dry. You should check with your storage company in case they have any specific instructions about the storage of scuba cylinders or tanks. But generally, store all your water sports equipment clean and dry. This will avoid a build-up of mould.

What is the best way to store a wetsuit?

Allow your dry suit or wetsuit to dry thoroughly before you put it away. Storing damp neoprene is a sure way to attract mould. Damp zips are also more likely to stick. Wetsuits are best stored hanging, rather than folded. A garment rail might be useful for this.

How do I store a lifejacket?

You can extend the useful life of your buoyancy aids and life preservers by storing them carefully under cover and out of direct sunlight. Allow your lifejacket to air thoroughly before storing, and brush off any dirt as you check for damage. The RNLI has some detailed advice on how to get the best out of your personal floatation device (PFD).

Protecting your surfboard from theft

Some bits of water sports equipment are attractive to thieves, so a secure self-storage centre has a lot of advantages over an insecure shed. We can insure your stored sports equipment for even more peace of mind: get a quick quote to see if we can do you a better deal than your current insurer.


Question and Answer


What is the best way to store a surfboard?

Surf and paddleboards are best stored off the ground, under cover and out of direct sunlight. Be sure to dry them thoroughly before storage.


Can I install a rack for paddleboards in my storage unit?

Many self-store companies will allow you to install storage racks for your paddleboard and other water sports equipment. It is best to ask what you are allowed to do in your unit when deciding which storage company to use. Some might even have dedicated storage rooms for surf or paddleboards.