Like many outdoor activities, sea kayaking has inherent risk, which can be minimized through good judgement and proper use of gear. Our guides have the experience to make careful decisions in order to maximize safety. Our guides are also experienced in rescue techniques, in the unlikely event that these needs arise. We will have a VHF radio on every trip to insure quick contact with the coast guard and/or nearby vessels if there is an emergency. We can also arrange transport from shore when circumstances require it.
That being said, it is our goal to find the safest balance between easy and exciting for each individual or group of paddlers.
What to Expect
All of our kayak trips focus on observing and interacting with the natural world. Your guide will point out and discuss interesting aspects of geology, marine biology, botany, natural history, weather, tidal dynamics, and local history.
Our day trips include amazing scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities, and easy paddling paces. After meeting at the put in, we will become acquainted with the kayaks, the safety and paddling gear. Once on the water, your guide will talk about paddling technique, safety procedures and navigation issues. The Half Day Trip covers around 3 to 5 nautical miles and includes a beach stop. The Full Day Trip covers 5 to 9 nautical miles, with a stop for lunch. Shifts in weather do occur, however, your guide will only take you paddling when the conditions allow for us to do so safely. We may delay trips or choose alternate routes due to the weather.
Our overnight trips will also begin by meeting at the put in, unless you have made arrangement for us to pick you up at your lodging or at the ferry. We'll pack up the boats, discuss safety issues, and you will have a chance to become comfortable in your boats before we start our journey. Our guides are very knowledgeable on technique and can offer tips and answer questions at any point along the way.
We will paddle for 3-5 hours each day (5-10 nautical miles) with a stop for lunch. Our pace will be relaxed, with the possibility of more vigorous stretches. We generally stay close to shore, with open water crossings when tides and weather permit. If we become weathered-in at a campsite, arrangements will be made for transport to the take-out location. We will only take you paddling when the conditions allow for us to do so safely.
Our campsites are located on small islands in Rosario Strait and the San Juan Islands. They are state parks with picnic tables, fire pits, and outhouses, as well as hiking trails and opportunities for exploration. On the last day, we will paddle to the take-out, with a stop for lunch, where we will either see you off at the take-out, or shuttle you to your car or ferry.