Isle of Wight kayaking weekend

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Environment
Our kayaking activity is very low impact and has a very small carbon footprint. We do not produce any pollution during our activities and we also help clear away environmentally damaging items such as discarded nets and plastics. We are ideally placed to pick up plastics from the sea and from beaches that have no road access, we spend time during our lunch breaks cleaning beaches and, of course, we carry away our own rubbish to dispose of it appropriately. We also pick up any plastics we find floating in the sea.

Before starting our days in the sea, we do a briefing for the overall day and we touch in areas such as the management of personal rubbish, toilet, picking plastics up from the beach and the sea and spotting any wildlife that may require assistance.

We ask participants to use refillable containers for their water rather than buy water bottles everyday. If everyone does this during our weekends, we will save in the use of over 100 bottles.

We reduce transport emissions and parking problems by supplying group transport. That way instead of having upwards of 8 cars driving around, we group everyone in the van and also put our trailer to carry the kayaks when there is need to move to different areas of the island.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

At the Isle of Wight, we work with small businesses that have been in the community for many years. Some of them, such as our lead instructor, supports and occasionally works with the marine rescue services of the area on a volunteer basis.

During two of the nights that we are on the island, we take our guests out for dinner at local independent pubs owned and operated by local families which are set in outstanding natural surroundings. They prepare traditional hearty meals with local produce both from the farms nearby farms as well as that brought in by the fishermen.

For meetings and briefings, we use local cafes rather than chains. At our base in Freshwater, we frequent the Lifeboat cafe to both shop and buy hot drinks during our lunch breaks. These small contributions go to support the work of the Lifeboat which provides such a vital emergency service for those at sea.

Our lead instructor is local to the island and has had a business there for many years which means that he knows the island and its seas inside out and can provide local knowledge of the best spots to go depending on weather conditions on the day.

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1 Reviews of Isle of Wight kayaking weekend

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Kayaking from Freshwater Bay to The Needles and landing on a bay thatís only accessible by boat

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack a few snacks for days out kayaking.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a great time with our kayaking instructor and guide Martin. The kayaks and additional equipment were good and the instruction clear and patient. We felt in good hands with Martin

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