Do I need any kayaking experience?
No experience is required, we enjoy teaching first timers!
Do I need to be in great shape?
A high level of physical ability is not necessary to participate, though you should be prepared for some light to moderate paddling for 3-4 hours. We set a relaxed pace with an emphasis on enjoyment and exploration and will cater to the individual and the group as a whole to set an ideal pace for everyone.
Are there weight limits?
Our kayaks have a 275 lb weight limit. However, we feel strongly about welcoming people of all sizes and shapes, so please notify us ahead of time and we can make arrangements to find an appropriate-sized kayak to meet your needs.
Participants need to weigh a minimum of 90 lb to fit into our life vests.
What if I am not a strong swimmer?
Swimming ability does not affect your ability to kayak, though you should be comfortable in moving water. You will be provided with a life vest and appropriate gear and training to be safe on the water.
Will there be rapids?
No, we only kayak in gentle waters on the river and estuary. There are no rapids or waves on our tours.
What if the weather is bad?
The tour will take place in all weathers unless the guide believes it to be unsafe, in which case you will be notified as far in advance as possible. We will always do our best to work with you and the unpredictable nature of nature.
What do I need to bring on a tour?
Bring lots of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat and sunglasses with a strap.
What should I wear on a tour?
We suggest wearing weather appropriate clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting wet. You are welcome to wear footwear of your choice or go barefoot while you paddle (though we recommend bringing shoes along in case we make stops along the way). We recommend bringing a change of clothes in case you get wet while you are paddling. Most of our guides wear athletic shorts, board shorts, or long water resistant pants and a couple layers up top,. You can always take layers off. It is a good idea to plan on getting wet.
How many people can you accommodate in a group?
We can take a maximum of 14 people per group.
Are your tours kid-friendly?
The gentle waters of the Russian River offer a perfect sheltered environment for young kayakers. We suggest a minimum age limit of 12 years old. That being said, younger children may join if they have had prior kayak experience. We also have a double kayak that a parent may use together with a younger child. We are always willing to customize for family trips.
What are your age limits?
Children and teens under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Is it safe to bring my cell phone and/or car keys on the water?
We don't recommend bringing anything on the water that you are not comfortable getting wet. If you want to bring your phone to take pictures, we offer floating dry bags as well as larger dry bags to store clothes.
Do kayaks tip over?
Our kayaks are extra stable and do not tip over with normal use. However, you could tip it over with effort.
What qualifications do your guides have?
Our guides are American Red Cross Certified Life Guards, and have years of experience leading kayak tours.
Do you have tour options for more advanced kayakers?
Absolutely! Just send us a message and we can tailor a tour to fit your needs.
Will there be cell service?
The Russian River Valley is notorious for spotty cell service.. Regardless, we suggest that you put your phone on airplane mode during your tour so you can truly "log out and tap in" to the experience.
Do you offer rentals?
No, we do not offer kayak rentals at this time.
Can I use my own kayak on one of your tours?
What is your cancelation policy?