safety is a serious topic!

Watch this short video from the American Canoe Association to learn the Top 5 Kayak Safety Rules for Beginners. We like this short video, too! Top 10 Tips for Canoeing & Kayaking!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Will I get wet? You should plan to! Your butt will most likely get wet! Wear non-cotton, quick drying clothes and bring a towel (and maybe a change of clothes!) to leave in your car for after your paddle. Our motto is when you're on the water, you should also plan to be in the water! Kayaking always has the potential for you to get wet – either planned or unplanned!

What should I bring with me? You should most definitely wear (and bring extra) sunscreen! The sun can be unforgiving during those hot summer days on the water. It’s also a good idea to wear non-cotton clothing with SPF protection, a hat with a brim, and sunglasses. Participants who wear corrective lens should make sure to bring a strap to keep them on. Glasses sink quick!

Are their bathrooms available? We plan our guided paddles and ACA classes at locations with a bathroom (sometimes just a port-a-potty). If you have your own launch location in mind, it is up to you to know the area and whether there will be a bathroom available.

Where can I leave my car keys, phone and/or wallet? We don’t recommend bringing anything you don’t want to lose! Keys definitely don’t float! Neither do cell phones! We suggest you lock your personal items in the trunk of your vehicle. Our Ultimate Upgrade includes a dry-box for your must haves. We make no guarantee that our dry-box will keep your personal items dry, they are not designed to be submerged. If a dry-box is not used properly it may not keep your things dry.

Can we bring a cooler**? Small coolers do fit on the back of kayaks, but keep in mind, they will most likely get wet. We recommend bringing your own refillable water bottle - remember to stay hydrated during your paddle!

**Please don't drink alcohol or use drugs before or while you're paddling. The two just don't mix. We are happy to recommend some great local bars, breweries and restaurants to have a celebratory drink following your kayak adventure.

What are the essential items need for kayaking? Aside from the Essential Eligibility Criteria, the most basic essentials needed for safe kayaking are a life jacket and a safety whistle, dressing for the weather and water temperature, as well as letting friends and family know you are going for a paddle – most especially if you are by yourself! We suggested paddling in groups of at least three.

We highly suggested anyone renting a kayak from us be fully prepared for their adventure. This includes essential equipment & basic knowledge of kayaking in the setting you chose. When on coastal/tidal bodies of water be sure to review aerial maps, a tide chart and the weather forecast!! If you are unsure about any this, please ask us prior to renting!

Anything can happen on the water, being prepared and aware of the hazards is the first line of defense! Our Guided Paddle trip leaders are fully prepared with tow ropes, a first aid kit, a VHF radio, and other equipment that can aid with unplanned changes in weather or other emergencies. If you are new to kayaking, we recommend guided paddles until you have a working knowledge of self rescue and confidence on the water.