What’s the difference between a sit in sea kayak and a sit on top?
In a sit in sea kayak you will be much warmer and much drier than with an open sit on top. They are designed for use on the sea and to help you go in a straight line so you will use less effort to cover the same or a greater distance than you would with a sit on top which is only suitable for use in sheltered areas and not safe on the open sea.
What happens if I capsize?
Don’t capsize then. On a more serious note, we have a few tricks up our sleeve if you look a little wobbly and our doubles come with a guarantee, “if you accidently capsize a double, I’ll give you your money back”. If you are unlucky enough to capsize then we will have you out of the water in under a minute. Remember, you’ll be in the “sit in” kayaks so once you are back in the kayak you will warm up again quickly.
Why are you more expensive than other companies?
The minimum qualification for guiding in the UK is a 4* and your guide will be a 5* leader, the highest guiding award there is. Your tour will take you out of the harbour and along the coast from A to B so you don’t have to see the same thing twice. You will also receive free photos so that you can remember your day.
Do we we need wetsuits?
Wetsuits are designed to keep you warm when you’re in the water and it’s our aim to keep you on top of the water. Sit in kayaks are the driest way to see the Pembrokeshire Coast. Wetsuits can be uncomfortable in the sun but if you want to wear one then you can. We don’t supply as no matter how much I tell you we’ve rinsed them you’re always going to wonder, “what did the last person using this do in it?” We recommend you wear wearing the same layering system as you would to walk the coast path; base layers, thermals, fleeces, etc. Avoid cotton and We provide you with waterproofs to go over them and keep you dry.
What’s the youngest you take?
Children (and adults) come in a variety of shapes and sizes and so it’s more about whether the equipment fits. We have had 5 year olds that fit and seen 8 year olds that fall through the buoyancy aids.
Do you provide helmets?
We have learned that by putting helmets on people you will suddenly feel indestructible and go into places you perhaps shouldn’t have. By not giving you a helmet I am asking you to say to yourself; stop, think, should I really be going there? It’s a personal risk assessment.
Where are you?
We are based in Goodwick, next to Fishguard and meet you in Lower Fishguard or elsewhere depending on your tour or course. When you book we send you a map, directions and a postcode for your satnav so you can find us easily.
Can we see seals?
In the autumn our tours come with a “seal guarantee”, if you don’t see seals I’ll give you your money back. Other times of the year you may see seals basking in the sunshine high on the rocks or swimming around you, perhaps even nibbling the end of your kayaks.
Why don’t you do afternoon trips
The wind is often stronger in the afternoons than the morning due to the land heating up, rising and pulling in air from the sea so we avoid this by running morning trips and days for the more experienced paddlers.
Can I bring my camera?
Our guides carry waterproof cameras to take lots of photographs for you, all included in your price, which means you don’t need your camera but yes, if it’s waterproof and you want to, you can bring it along. Don’t drop it though!
What if the weather is bad?
We want to give you the best possible time we can and so check the weather 3 times a day. Shelley calls it an obsession, but it’s so I can see any bad weather coming and give you the option, a few days ahead, of changing to a better day. If we have to cancel due to bad weather and you can’t make a different date then we give you a full refund. You won’t have a hard paddle into the wind on our tours.
Is it safe?
I should think we’ve covered that with the questions above?