Kayak Spray Skirts Without a kayaking spray skirt your boat would fill with water. Kayak spray skirts are designed so the tunnel of the skirt fits around your waist and the skirt itself fits over the cockpit rim of the boat. This creates a watertight seal. Whether you are splashing through the waves or kayaking in the rain, a spray skirt will keep the water from entering your kayak and is a must for all decked boats. Choosing a kayak skirt is simple. Just determine what type of boat you have, and then match the size of the cockpit to the skirt deck size. Recreational kayakers generally use a nylon spray skirt to keep out the occasional water splash. Sea kayakers who enjoy more extreme pursuits may prefer an all neoprene kayak skirt, or a kayak skirt made of waterproof Gore-Tex material. These kayak skirts usually have additional features, like extra pockets or hand warmers. Whitewater kayaking spray skirts are made from 100% neoprene with a shock cord that secures the skirt to the cockpit. Neoprene is waterproof and more durable than nylon skirts. They are also less likely to pop off if a big wave lands on the boat. In terms of care, keep your kayak skirt clean. Rinse your kayak skirt with clean water after every use, especially if it has been used in salt water or exposed to chlorine during a pool session. Both salt and chlorine degrade neoprene. Store your kayak skirt in a cool, dry, dark place. UV rays break down the rubber on the spray skirt.