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Coastal Kayaking

San Juan Islands Trip FAQ

I’ve never kayaked before. Can I come on this trip?

You need to be proficient in the skills taught in our KT 1 and KT 2 classes, or have equivalent paddling experience. We may require an on-water assessment at no additional cost to you. We will be paddling with spray skirts, so the ability to perform a wet exit is a mandatory skill for this trip.


Can I bring my own boat? 

Yes. Please let us know what boat you paddle, so that we can ensure that it will be adequate for our trip. You will need a boat that is at least 16 feet long, and is seaworthy: with watertight hatches, double bulkheads, perimeter lines, and a properly fitting spray skirt.


How physically demanding will this trip be?

We will be paddling between four and twelve miles each day. This is moderate aerobic activity that requires a degree of endurance.  Going on a few 5 to 10 mile paddles before our trip is a great way to get in shape.


What should I wear?

We will go over a packing list in depth at our pre-trip meeting. Synthetic clothes are ideal, and we encourage dressing for immersion whenever possible.  


Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?

Yes. We will have vegetarian options available for every meal. Please let us know if you have further dietary restrictions and we will work with you to ensure that you are well fed during our trip.


Will I see whales?

We hope so! The San Juans are known for lots of different wildlife, including whales, porpoises, bald eagles, seals, sea otters, deer and raccoons. We can guarantee that you will see raccoons, whether you’d like to or not!


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