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Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I need for a multi-day sea kayaking trip?
View our top tips on packing a sea kayak for multi day trips.

Day Trips & Coaching:

Can anyone go sea kayaking?
Anyone can go kayaking. Your guide will tailor the day to your ability and aspirations.

Are there age limits?
Accompanied children over 13 are welcome to sea kayak. Paddle Power Achievement certificates for under 15s are available by request. Accompanied children are welcome to take part in all other activities.

Will I get wet? Do I have to capsize?
You are unlikley to fall in, but your guide will quickly get you back in your boat if you do. You will not be made to capsize!

What kit do you provide? All technical equipment will be provided.
  • Top quality sea kayak
  • Lendal/ Celtic Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Spray deck
  • Wind/waterproof kayaking top
  • Drybag for your kit
  • We have a small number of wet suits if required
How long is a day trip?
Day trips normally start with a brief at 0930 hours to discuss the day. We usually paddle for a couple of hours between leg stretches, taking in a beach or a cafe for lunch. We aim to be back at the start point by 4:30 - 5:15 each day.

What kit should I bring?

To wear:
  • Warm thermal leggings or lined trousers
  • Warm thermal base layer top
  • Fleecey mid layer
  • Warm hat
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • We supply a waterproof and windproof kayak top
  • Old trainers, wellies or neoprene boots
To Bring:
  • A full change of clothes (just in case)
  • Lots of layers to stay warm
  • Hat and gloves
  • Water bottle and flask
  • Packed lunch
  • High energy snacks or chocolate bars
  • Sun block and sun glasses
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses without a head band
  • Put mobile phones or car keys in clothing pockets or buoyancy aid pockets, your guide will make a waterproof box available
  • Wear jeans or cotton hoodies - they are very cold and heavy when wet
  • Take a camera on the water unless waterproof
Is sea kayaking safe?
Whilst the sea can be dangerous, you will have a highly trained and professional guide who is skilled in rescue and towing techniques and is carrying a full suite of safety gear including VHF radios, flares and locator beacons. You will discuss the weather each day and mutally agree on the plan for the day.

Will I see any wildlife?
The area is a haven for wildlife, you will almost certainly see Atlantic Grey and Common Seals, numerous sea birds including diving gannets, potentially even otters and birds of prey.

Wild Camping
If you opt for a wild camping trip, your guide will provide you with detailed packing lists and help you pack your kayak. They will look after you and show you all you need to know to abide by the Leave No Trace philosophy and Scottish Wild Camping Code.

What qualifications will my guide have?
The head guide trained on the International Sea Kayak Guide (ISKGA) training programme as a Coastal Guide. He is also a BCU 5* Trained Sea Leader and an Aspirant UKCC Level 3 Coach with Moderate Water Endorsement; Mountain Leader, Climbing Instructor, Mountain Bike Leader and Advanced First Aid Instructor. All other guides and coaches will have relevent and up to date leadership and coaching qualifications, including outdoor first aid.

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