Sunday, June 21, 2015

What Tour Guides Want You To Know About Choosing Kayaking Tours

By April Briggs


As people become more interested in the environment, so too does their interest in getting out and experiencing nature. One excellent way of doing this is by taking one of the many kayaking tours that are available. There are many variables to consider when looking at these tours. Here is what every tour guide wants you to know so that you can pick the right one for you.

The first thing to do is learn exactly what these boats are and what their advantages are. They are extremely buoyant and are designed so that they can navigate rapids as well as the calm waters of lakes and slow moving rivers. Paddlers use a special paddle that has a blade on each end of a central shaft. It can be used to propel the boat through the water and alter its course so it can be steered in the precise direction the paddler wants it to go.

If you are planning to take a tour, you may first want to consider the amount of paddling experience you have had. Beginner tours may start off with instruction in the basic strokes and techniques such as performing rolls, and entering and exiting the boat from the water and from the land. They are also likely to limit your paddling to water that is calmer and not as fast moving.

Your fitness level is also going to be a factor in which tour is right for you. For example, someone who is not used to regular exercise may not want to have to battle rough water or carry a kayak over a long portage. It is important to work with your fitness level and not end up overestimating how in shape you are. You may end up getting injured which can be a problem if you are in the middle of the wilderness when your injury occurs.

Many hotels will have contacts that will help you locate kayaking excursions and tours. These can be fun, guided ways to see whales and other marine mammals. In tropical areas where there may be caves to explore, you may be able to find tours that allow you to check out caves or geographical features from a completely unexpected point of view.

It may not always be possible to use your own boat. For example if you have flown somewhere for a vacation, you may not have been able to bring your kayak with you. Beginning paddlers may not actually own a boat or any of the accessories. You need to ask the tour organizer if needed items are supplied or if they will need to be purchased.

You may also be surprised to learn that the needed kit list may extend beyond the boat itself. For example, some will involve camping rather than staying in a hotel or cabin. A touring company may not have the equipment that you would need while you are participating in your tour. You may be able to rent some but you need to make arrangements for this before you show up for the tour itself. You may also want to make sure that this includes any food that you will eat while on the tour itself.

Tour guides love taking paddlers on these excursions. What can make the entire experience much more fun and enjoyable is to do your research, be honest with yourself about what you are capable of handling, and to make sure you are properly equipped for the conditions you will encounter.




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