First step on any trip is to choose a kayak. Sea kayaks are designed to cope with ocean conditions. Compared with open canoes, they are flush with the water, enclosing the paddler in a little nest.
The hole in which you sit might also be covered with a spray deck to keep you splash free. In fact, being free of everything is what sea kayaking is all about. Free of people, free of stress, free of constraints.
Sea kayaks vary according to your experience and comfort zones. You can either go for a sit in or a sit on, the latter being less enclosed and favoured by families, and they come in singles or doubles.
You will be given wetsuits and shoes depending on the climate, and always a buoyancy aid (plus helmet for choppier conditions). For those new to kayaking, or paddling as it is often called, you will be given some basic instructions, and no matter how experienced you are, you should always be reminded of safety procedures.