Night Kayak Trips
Bright light will ruin your night vision, so bring a standard, small head torch which includes a red light. The red light will protect your night vision & your Guide will ask you to switch to red night light approximately fifteen (15) minutes before launching. Protect your eyes from white light as much as possible. Each guest is issued with a number & your Guide will do frequent 'number offs' where every paddle calls out their number so that we know we have everyone in the group. Our standard operating procedure (SOP) has been developed over fourteen years of safely running these trips.
Paddling at night is no different to paddling during the day. Visibility is good with a lot of artificial light from the surrounding shoreline & each paddler has their red headlight. Guides have navigation lights on their kayaks & our standard operating procedure (SOP) is tightened up with regular head counts. We have fourteen years experience of leading this 'Night Trip' here on the east coast & we have a 100% safety track record.
Although we will be paddling at night, its amazing how much can be seen just using your night vision. There is a lot of surrounding artificial light & you will find that you use your head torch very little throughout the entire event - everyone is clearly marked & visible. Paddling at night is a surreal experience & it’s an experience not offered anywhere on the east coast & very few commercial kayaking companies offer night trips in the United Kingdom.
No particular skills, experience or equipment are needed. Bring warm clothes, food & a hot drink in a flask & listen to your Guides, we'll do all the hard work. A head torch including a red light is mandatory for all guests.
As with all of our events, we are subject to weather & this is outside of our control. We set a safety remit for every event primarily focused on the wind which is the feature that affects us the most out on the open water. The published, official safety remit for this event is 15 knots of wind with no gusts. We need flat calm conditions in order to paddle safely & comfortably at night, particularly in areas of deep water where there is strong tidal flow & absolutely no light.
Your Lead Guide will keep all guests fully informed well in advance of your event through the event page on our website as well as direct emails & telephone calls where necessary.