Vedat Vural, owner of Alternatif Outdoor, one of our suppliers in Turkey: "There have been no serious accidents in sea kayaking in Turkey. But unfortunately, the government has not put safety regulations in place in the same way that Europe has. So we set our own rules, using universal safety standards within our company, and we talk openly about this with our guests because we are proud of that. They can also see our standards from our equipment and the way in which we operate our trips. Sadly, there is no other company in Turkey with the same safety standards as we apply on our trips. I am not blowing my own trumpet, because I hate that. But this is a fact, and I hope it will change. Because that is good for everyone. The problem is that there is still no regulation or a sea kayaking federation here to make other companies oblige. That would be one of my missions, as Turkey is such a perfect place to paddle."
Sophie Hurst, owner Preseli Adventure, our sea kayaking specialist in Pembrokeshire, Wales:
"In terms of equipment, you do get what you pay for in sea kayaking. We might not be the cheapest, but we have been told that we have the best kit in Pembrokeshire. And we check it all year round. The buoyancy aids have to float, the helmets have to withstand hitting the rocks and the backrests need to work. It’s cheaper not to bother doing all these things. But we always do. Plus we also have highly qualified instructors. But we are not the cheapest. But cheapest isn’t necessarily the best."