Cell Phone for Paddling (?)

Finally, Nokia is coming out with a decent cellphone that might just be a great phone to withstand the water.


Submitted by OC1 Driver on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 11:20am

The reason I paddle is to get AWAY from my cell phone.

#1 Thu, 07/09/2009 - 2:37pm

for safety reasons I would say it is the most convenient and accessible , also mountain equipment stores have water proof bags for that type of thing. and they have a mute for the ringer. but the only time I actually bring my cell is in winter up here for safety.


#2 Thu, 07/09/2009 - 4:39pm

I think every carrier should have at least one option now. AT&T came out with the Samsung Rugby last year and tons of people with Verizon have the G'zone Boulder. This is the second version of this phone, out for several years now.

#3 Thu, 07/09/2009 - 7:21pm

I wrap my cell phone in a cloth and put it in a ziploc bag. Use the freezer ones cuz it keeps water out better. The rag is a second defense against any leakage. Das my low budget water housing. O yea, it's reusable. I also learned to seal the bag wit air cuz I almost lost it punching through some white water.

#4 Thu, 07/09/2009 - 8:34pm


It's no beauty but this is a nicely rugged and water resistant phone http://www.sonimxp3.com/. Although having seen all sorts of "water resistant/proof" electronics die after a while near salt water I'd still go for some sort of pouch/housing.

#5 Thu, 07/09/2009 - 11:30pm

I bought the Casio Boulder after seeing this.

#6 Fri, 07/10/2009 - 5:45am


I'm with you and your low tech/low cost solution. I have a dry-box and then I put my phone in a ziplock. You can leave the phone in the ziplock and still push the buttons to make an emergency call, and you can even leave a little pocket of air in the ziplock in case you drop 'em in the water.

#7 Fri, 07/10/2009 - 10:33am

I wouldn't trust a cellphones range. They are made for land based service. For close to coast runs probably good enough. In big stuff I'm not sure what the reception would be in a trough of big water, or a wind shift to offshore-ish conditions with a suddenly fading horizon.
Water and float proof marine radio get's my vote. With that you can direct your rescuers through the white caps to you (...left,... right, a little more, I'm right under you/ in front of you, etc.)
Now try communicating that to the chopper pilot / Lifeguard / average skipper with your cellphone. Unless you have their number it's going to take a lot of effort (Coast Guard/Lifeguards/Navy/Nasa? = money) and mostly precious TIME to find you.
Plus you get a free cookie from the Coast Guard for making their job easier.

#8 Fri, 07/10/2009 - 4:05pm

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