How difficult is kayaking?
It is like riding a bike, but you must use your arms instead of your legs. If you are not active and/or do not weigh more that 100 to 110 lbs., then you may want to bring a friend who is more experienced or athletic and share a double kayak. You must get used to the balance and rhythm, but it is not difficult if you have any coordination. We go at a leisurely pace.
You are the best judge of your strengths and weaknesses. If you are not active with your upper body (i.e. no yard work or heavy cleaning, no carrying heavy groceries), and particularly if you are not on your feet much and/or you get winded easily, kayaking may be too much for you. For even our shortest trip, we may be on the water for as long as 2 hours. We have had very active children who weighed as little as 80 to 90 lbs. paddle their own single kayaks and adults as heavy as 110 to 120 lbs. have some difficulty and need a tow.
It is important that you be able to sit comfortably upright in the kayak at a 90 degree angle.
How long are the kayaking trips, and how long are we actually paddling?
Most kayaking trips are as short as 2.5 hours (1.5 to 2 hours of paddling). These are great for the beginner. After you realize how easy kayaking is, you will be ready for longer trips. We have half-day trips, 4 hours (about 3 hours of paddling) that include drinks and a snack. We have all day kayaking trips, 7 to 8 hours (4 to 5 hours of paddling) that include drinks and a full lunch.
Will we get wet?
In the late spring/summer/early fall (April to October), we use sit-on-top kayaks that you can swim on and off of. You will get wet at least in the seat and legs and more if there is any splashing.
You can expect to get very wet on our Dolphin Tours, and you may possibly tip over and fall out of the kayak. They are sit-on-top kayaks which are easy to get in and out of.
In the winter (November to March), we use covered kayaks that are much drier.
Where do we meet?
Each trip has a different launch site, as we conduct tours all over the Hampton Roads, VA area. We will e-mail a confirmation to every person who has made a reservation with detailed directions to the launch site and a list of what to bring. We ask that you use our directions as many of our launch locations are in remote areas or wilderness… please do not rely on GPS or mapping sites.