Sea kayaking advice

Weather tips

Jon Kellie, sea kayaking instructor and guide at Preseli Venture, one of our suppliers:
"In Pembrokeshire there are so many peninsulas to protect you, that there is always somewhere to hide from the weather. And 99 times out of 100 we can get out on the water, all year round. In the last couple of years we have only had to stay off the water twice, and even then we can make it to an inland spot if necessary"

Guide tips

Catherine Mack, writer at Responsible Travel and keen sea kayaker:
"Research the expertise of your guides. Read reviews and ask questions of your supplier regarding their experience. And don’t ever hesitate about paying a bit more for a guide. It is worth every penny in terms of safety but also to find out all their secret spots!"

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Sea kayaking holiday in Croatia

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Sea kayaking tips from our travellers

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travellers are often... other travellers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful sea kayaking travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your holiday - and the space inside your suitcase.
Take a waterproof camera
– Martin Clark
"Although it's suitable for beginners, 7-15km a day is quite a fair distance so you do need to be fit. Also bear in mind that the itinerary and distances stated may need to change due to weather conditions and/or the overall ability of the group. Remain flexible!" - Christine Louise Angelou

"Remember to stretch before you kayak." - Rebecca Emmett

"Take plenty of warm thermal tops - the drying room is not that efficient and your things may not dry overnight. - Lucy Thomson

"Don't worry that it will be too much hard work - the pace of paddling is suited to everyone. If you paddle slowly you have more time to enjoy the scenery while quicker people are can always do a few extra laps to burn off their energy." - Lavinia Colley
If I were to do it again, I'd probably get to the gym a few times beforehand to prepare.
– Heidi Applegate
"Take some easy to pull on dry stuff to chuck on when you get out of the water, E.g. couple of pairs of long shorts or for girls a wrap around skirt and a couple of fleecy type tops." - Andrea Miller

"Sea kayaking is trickier than it looks when it is windy, as it is hard paddling and steering in a headwind. Be prepared to be adaptable, but the guides ensure that you have a good time whatever the wind level. They were really happy to take us out round the bay and practice our skills when the weather wasn't quite right for a longer paddle. As our guide Tap's motto goes - 'There are always options!'" - Michelle Reed

"Make sure you take a good lip protector, the sun and sea reflection is powerful and I burnt my lips. A dry bag for your camera whilst your kayaking, because you will be stopping all the time to take photos of the fabulous scenery." - Susan Bein
Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Aaron Burden] [Weather tips: Odd Wellies] [Guide tips : Outdoor Albania] [Martin Clark Quote: cisc1970] [Heidi Applegate Quote: Ollie Harding]