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FAQ's -Kayaking

What Experience do I Need to Kayak?

Sea kayaking is highly accessible and no previous experience is required for double kayaks. Our friendly, supportive guides will teach you the simple and necessary skills for you to enjoy your time on the water.

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Are there Minimum Age Requirements?

The minimum age is 8 years (children ride in double kayaks with a parent). There is no maximum age - Kayaking is easy, fun and enjoyable!

 

What Should I Bring?

 

  • Wear synthetic, wool, or silk clothing (shirt, pants, fleece top or sweater, gloves are optional). Layer warm clothing as necessary for your temperature requirements. Please DO NOT wear any cotton

  • You might consider a water-resistant jacket and/or pants

  • Bottled water

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses

  • Sun-shielding hat (warm weather), Warm Hat (cooler weather & night paddles)

  • Booties, water shoes, sandals or sneakers with wool or synthetic socks

  • Headlamp for evening tours

  • Water-proof camera, or zip-lock bag for regular camera

  • A way to secure your keys, money and any valuables

  • Please consider bringing a tip for your guide for exceptional service - the industry standard is 15% of your party's total tour cost before discounts

 

 

What NOT to Bring!

Electronics, phones, non water-proof cameras, non waterproof watches, expensive jewelry, unsecured glasses, or any other items that Neptune and Poseidon might feel the need to borrow.

Will I get Wet?

Kayaking is a water sport yet, most of your body should remain relatively dry. Your feet will likely get wet during kayak entry/exit, so wear appropriate shoes and (wool or synthetic) socks. Also, consider bringing an extra pair of shoes & socks for after your tour.

 

What about capsizing the Kayak?

Capsizing is extremely rare. We use stable, two-person sea kayaks and our guides have years of professional guiding experience, are certified and are focused on your safety.

 

What Equipment is Provided?

 

  • Kayaks*:We only use closed-deck traditional kayaks which are warmer, dryer, more comfortable, faster and easier to paddle & maneuver. This is unlike sit-on-top kayaks which can be leaky, wet, awkward, slow and uncomfortable. (please see comparison images below*).

  • Paddles

  • Insulating PFD's (personal flotation device)

  • Spray skirts

  • First Aid and safety equipment

  • Experienced, friendly guides with local knowledge and years of professional guiding expertise

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*Images of Tandem Closed-Deck Traditional Kayaks versus Tandem Sit-on-Top Kayaks:

 

San Francisco Kayak & Adventures only uses the high-quality closed-deck traditional kayaks pictured below; which are warmer, dryer, more comfortable, faster and easier to paddle & maneuver.

 

Our Traditional Closed-Deck Tandem Kayaks

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Tandem Sea Kayak -side view

Tandem Sea Kayak -side view

Tandem Sea Kayak- top & side view

Tandem Sea Kayak- top & side view

Tandem Sea Kayak

You may be more familiar with the Sit-On-Top Kayaks pictured below; which many operators must utilize if you do not have previous kayaking experience or are not on a Guided Tour; these Sit-On-Top kayaks can be leaky, wet, awkward, slow and uncomfortable.

 

Sit-On-Top Kayaks

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Sit on Top- top view

Sit on Top- top view

Sit on Top- top & side view

Sit on Top- top & side view

Sit on Top Rental Kayakers- cold and wet... try our warm kayaks!

Sit on Top Rental Kayakers- cold and wet... try our warm kayaks!

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