If you are a beginner when it comes to kayaking and you haven’t tried a lot of boats or didn’t kayak in a number of different weather conditions, tours, lessons and rental will give you an opportunity to enjoy kayaking without a significant financial or time commitment.
Companies that offer kayaking tours are becoming popular all over the world. They offer all kinds of expeditions from one-day local cruises to exotic tours in Belize, Baja and even Antarctica.
Here are some of the details that you want to pay attention to when choosing a kayaking company:
First, learn about for how long the company has been in business. Check its reviews and its reputation. Next, ask about the client-to-staff ratio. Numbers up to 5 clients per 1 staff member are acceptable. Some companies do provide less than adequate service by having ratios of clients to staff members that are way too high. This is definitely should be a red flag for you because a company that is trying to make money by cutting all possible costs is also likely to have poor or lacking equipment and have inadequately trained staff.
If possible, get more information about the focus of the company and check the biography and credentials of the people that are going to be leading the trip. How many times have they led such a trip in the past?
One of the numbers that you should know is how much paddling you will have to do a day. If you’ve never been on the water for more than 2-3 hours in a day and here you’ll have to paddle for 6-7 hours, the trip is probably not a good idea.
Check the liability insurance and find out what equipment the company is using. Are there guidelines about safety and plenty of safety equipment?
These are the questions that you absolutely need to answer before you can make your final decision as to whether you should go on a trip or not.