Kayak Trip Preparation
No particular skills or previous experience is needed. You don't even need to be a swimmer. A positive attitude towards the outdoors is however a prerequisite!
No particular fitness is needed other than being of a normal/healthy weight for your age & height & have a positive attitude towards the outdoors. Engage with the elements & put in the effort when it’s needed. Have a good read of the ‘Trip Details’ on the booking page for trip data including the distances for each trip.
If you are over 6 foot 2 inches, your height may make you ‘tippy’ in a kayak due to a high centre of gravity. A high body weight will affect the stability of most kayaks, even in calm conditions, so please keep this in mind & be honest & realistic with yourself.
Your Guides are very busy pre launch, with a lot of equipment, safety checks & briefings to complete with our guests, particularly with COVID disinfecting protocols in place. We also follow the tides & mother nature waits for no man. We cannot wait for late comers.
If you arrive late, that is 20 minutes or less before your scheduled launch time, your Guides will have removed your kayak and related equipment from the launch site assuming your booking to be a ‘no show’. Your guides will have no time to replace them for launch & your booking will be forfeit with no refund.
Launch times for different events will vary dependant on the tides for that area & the specific launch time for your event will be confirmed in your ‘Trip Details’ email after booking. This is also listed on your event page on our website under ‘NOTES FROM YOUR GUIDE’.
Please arrive at least one hour before your confirmed launch time & DON’T BE LATE.
It’s impossible to grade different events as the sea offers so many unexpected variables. Clearly, the shorter trips are generally easier in that you have a shorter distance to cover. Read all of our online material; we are always upfront, honest & realistic about every event so our guests know exactly what to expect. Other than that, kayaking is what it is so be reasonable and realistic about your expectations & ability & GIVE IT A GO.......you won’t regret it.
Your 4.3m stable sit-on-top kayak, paddle & buoyancy are included in the price for all guests; if you don't select a choice of kayak, our booking system will default to a sit-on-top. Decked touring and full-size sea kayaks (with spraydeck) are available when placing your booking. These kayaks are not suitable for beginner paddlers & there are safety requirements for using decked kayaks so please read the accompanying information on decked kayak use when you place your booking. All ‘Inclusive Wild Camping Events' include all of your camping equipment, hot meals & drinks.
Your confirmation email will give you guidance on what to wear – you don’t need any specialist kayaking gear. We recommend layering your clothing. Avoid all denim and cotton items!
Your confirmation email will provide detail but in essence, you only need to bring a packed lunch, snacks for energy & plenty of drinking fluids. There is plenty of packing space so bring along as much as you like & we always recommend extra warm clothing. Keep it all dry in a dry-bag or wrap it up in a thick bin liner.
Your Coach/Guide will have a secure key safe available for the duration of your course/trip BUT we will not accept liability for loss of your car keys. We also won't be able to keep any other belongings for you; please leave these in your car or take them with you.