Are the Sea Kayak Australia (SKA) staff qualified and experienced?
All SKA guides have at least 5 years sea kayaking experience, a current Sea Kayaking Instructor or Sea Guide award from Australian Canoeing and a current first aid certificate. They also have a background in outdoor education and a passion for the wilderness of Australia.
What size are the tour groups?
Group sizes vary from 4 to a maximum of 16 people. A ratio of 8 clients (in 4 double sea kayaks) to 1 Sea Guide.
What is your client to guide ratio for courses?
1:6 for Introduction to Sea Kayaking, 1:3 for Intermediate Skills.
Do I have to book for sea kayak tours/courses?
You will also need to download, complete and return the following forms
Do I need to be an experienced sea “kayaker” in order to go on a day or multi day tour?
Your paddling level will be assessed and then matched with a suitable day or overnight tour. All half and full day tours, offered by SKA, are all suitable for beginners. However if you have a low level of fitness then a half-day tour may be the most suitable for your needs. Undertaking an Introduction to Sea Kayaking Day Course may also be appropriate, especially if the kayaker wants to undertake a multi day tour.
Do you provide transport and where do we meet for the tours?
You are normally responsible for getting there. Naturally you could car pool with other participants. We can take up to 5 people as long as we are given sufficient notice (3-5 days) and we have the 7 seater vehicle available. Tour meeting locations are listed on the web site under each tour and will also be emailed to you once a booking is made.
What forms will I need to complete before the tour or course?
Before the trip all clients must complete an Assumption of Risk form and a Adults Medical Form.
How fit do I need to be?
You will get more out of the experience if you are reasonably fit however all tours suit clients with only average fitness. Sea kayaking is about technique not muscle bulk. The sea kayak guide will factor in when rest stops and snack breaks should be taken to ensure energy levels are maintained. SKA staff has the right to exclude any clients who may cause danger to themselves or others before commencement of the tour.
How much and how far do we paddle in a day?
For half day tours, no longer than 6 km or 2 hours. For day tours 8 to 12 km or 4.5 hours. For Multi day tours 8 to 15 km a day or 3 to 5 hours, however that really depends on the weather, tides, activities along the way, group fitness and skill.
Do you accept single bookings for a sea kayak tour?
Yes don't worry, sea kayaking is very social and there will be a lot of people who don't know each other. You will be matched up with another "single" in the group to paddle in a double sea kayak. If there are only couples in the group then your kayak guide will make up a pair.
Can I book a large group on a tour?
Yes you can. Group bookings are great fun for participant and guide. You will receive a cheaper rate per person if you have 6 or more people. Let us know if you have a group larger than 12 to ensure we can cater for your needs.
What type of sea kayaks does SKA have for hire?
SKA has single and double sea kayaks. The double sea kayaks are plastic "Esperantos" (6.0 m long) and fibreglass "Pittaraks" (6.6 m long) both of which are fast ocean going sea kayaks. These sea kayaks are also very stable with ample storage space and are equipped with a rudder for easy turning. The single sea kayaks are plastic Venture "Capellas", Q Kayak "Penguins", "Skua" and Wilderness Systems "Tsunamai 16". We also hire out kayak trailers, dry bags, spray jackets, tents, sleeping mats and stoves. Why not hire and paddle down the Yarra River - just 300m from our base or take the kayaks away for the weekend?
Do I need to be able to swim?
Yes you must be able to swim at least 50 metres non-stop.
What equipment do you supply for day and multi day tours?
Sea kayak, paddle, spray deck, buoyancy vests, pump, spray jacket, dry bags, paddle, spray jackets. Equipment the sea kayak guides carry includes: first aid kit, spare paddle, tow rope, EPIRB, VHF radio, mobile phone and satellite phones where applicable. Multi day tours also includes the supply of tents, sleeping mats, stoves and plates etc.
What do I get for my money?
What do I need to bring?
Hat, sun glasses, sun block, shorts/bathers, water bottle, old runners/wet suit booties/thongs, spray jacket and thermal top (SKA can supply). Don’t forget change of clothes. No wet suits. Dry clothes and camping gear for multi day tours. An Equipment Checklist and How to Pack Your Kayak documents may be downloaded from the web site. For day tours lunch is provided.
Under what circumstances would a tour or course be cancelled?
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I am a large person, will I be able to fit into your sea kayak?
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What type of lunch do you provide on your day tours?