Here at Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions, our goal is to make your kayaking adventure a fun and wonderful occasion. If you can’t find the answer to your questions here, please email us from our Contact page or call us at 360-378-5767.
Your checklist was great and my husband was given complete and polite answers both times he phoned with additional questions. We were surprised at how stable our kayaks were as it was our first experience with this sport. We stayed perfectly dry too. Not only in the kayaks but also in our tent when it rained. The guide was outstanding…full of information about everything we saw, great sense of humor, articulate, and conscientious about everyone’s safety. This was the most fun and exciting experience our family remembers from any vacation. We’ve been raving to everyone about it. We plan to return on a longer sea kayaking trip next year! Our heartfelt thanks to you. Judy Fessenden, Camarillo, CA
San Juan Islands Tour FAQ
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The majority of our guests have never used a kayak before. If you are in average physical condition you can join a kayak tour. Its as easy as hiking and bicycling. You don’t even need to know how to swim!
Regardless of age or experience, you will find that our San Juan Island kayak tours are safe and enjoyable. We will teach you sea kayaking skills and safety procedures before leaving shore. Our professional and encouraging guides will be with you the whole time to keep you progressing in the right direction.
We are very proud of our sea kayak guides in the San Juan Islands. Nearly all are biologists and environmental scientists, and all have received extensive safety training. Sea Quest guides are excellent educators, naturalists, camp cooks, and trip leaders. We put them through the most difficult and extensive training curriculum of any company on San Juan Island. This is a rigorous two-week course where they learn sea kayaking safety techniques, navigation, weather interpretation, and much more. Most other outfitters in this region spend only one to three days in preparing their guides for this demanding occupation. Some don’t provide any training at all! Here at Sea Quest, we make sure your guides are properly trained, educated, and fun to be with! This link takes you to our Sea Kayaking Guides page for more information.
- Speed – When it comes to kayaks, length equals speed. The long waterline of a tandem makes it much speedier than a solo kayak. Triple kayaks are even faster! Speed is vital when we are faced with crossing an open body of water in deteriorating weather.
- Stability – Tandems are wide enough to create superior stability. You’ll like this if we encounter any rough water. Its also helpful to stay steady when watching or photographing whales. The inherent stability of tandems affords us the freedom to kayak in a wide range of sea conditions.
- Flexibility – Tandems offer the flexibility of pairing paddlers of different strengths so the group can travel at the same speed and prevent straggling behind. Tandems are also great for giving someone a break if they get tired while their partner paddles on. This can be really helpful if an illness or injury occurs during the kayak tour. Rest assured, when you come with a partner you can anticipate sharing a tandem with them for the whole trip! The requirement to switch partners happens very rarely, and usually only for a short episode of the tour!