Sea kayaking tips

Sea kayaking advice

Tips from our sea kayaking experts

Safety tips

Vedat Vural, owner of Alternatif Outdoor, one of our suppliers in Turkey:
"Stay clear of other traffic on the water. We donít organize any sea kayaking trip in the busy routes, where there are jet skis zipping off left and right. On one day of our six day trip, we do paddle through the glamorous Gocek area, but we check in with the port manager to see what traffic is happening, and we put our flags up so that we are visible."

Weather tips

Jon Kellie, sea kayaking instructor and guide at Preseli Venture, one of our suppliers:
"In Pembrokeshire there are so many peninsulas to protect you, that there is always somewhere to hide from the weather. And 99 times out of 100 we can get out on the water, all year round. In the last couple of years we have only had to stay off the water twice, and even then we can make it to an inland spot if necessary"

Gear tips

Xania Wear of Wear Active, one of our suppliers in Croatia:
"If you have not done any kayaking before choose a company that has a combination of different types of kayaks including doubles and sit on top. Then you need to decide if you want to kayak for mileage or if you want to a slower pace to explore Croatia's amazing coastline."

Guide tips

Catherine Mack, writer at Responsible Travel and keen sea kayaker:
"Research the expertise of your guides. Read reviews and ask questions of your supplier regarding their experience. And donít ever hesitate about paying a bit more for a guide. It is worth every penny in terms of safety but also to find out all their secret spots!"

Sea kayaking tips from our travelers

Recommendations from those who have been there

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often... other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful sea kayaking travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation - and the space inside your suitcase.
Although it's suitable for beginners, 7-15km a day is quite a fair distance so you do need to be fit. Also bear in mind that the itinerary and distances stated may need to change due to weather conditions and/or the overall ability of the group. Remain flexible! - Christine Louise Angelou
Remember to stretch before you kayak. - Rebecca Emmett
Take plenty of warm thermal tops - the drying room is not that efficient and your things may not dry overnight. - Lucy Thomson
Don't worry that it will be too much hard work - the pace of paddling is suited to everyone. If you paddle slowly you have more time to enjoy the scenery while quicker people are can always do a few extra laps to burn off their energy. - Lavinia Colley

Take some easy to pull on dry stuff to chuck on when you get out of the water, E.g. couple of pairs of long shorts or for girls a wrap around skirt and a couple of fleecy type tops.  - Andrea Miller
Sea kayaking is trickier than it looks when it is windy, as it is hard paddling and steering in a headwind. Be prepared to be adaptable, but the guides ensure that you have a good time whatever the wind level. They were really happy to take us out round the bay and practice our skills when the weather wasn't quite right for a longer paddle. As our guide Tap's motto goes - 'There are always options!' - Michelle Reed
Make sure you take a good lip protector, the sun and sea reflection is powerful and I burnt my lips. A dry bag for your camera whilst your kayaking, because you will be stopping all the time to take photos of the fabulous scenery. -  Susan Bein
Photo credits: [Jet ski: ttarasiuk] [Beach: Outdoor Albania] [Gym: Ollie Harding] [Camera : cisc1970]
Written by Catherine Mack
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