Frequently Asked Questions
Can I really do this, I've never paddled before?
Sure you can. 99% of our customers have not been in a kayak before.
How fit do I have to be?
Not very. If you can do a one hour walk then you can do this. It's only when it's very windy that the trip becomes quite strenuous. And if it's very windy we don't go out - unless you want to do some wind wave surfing which IS is for the fit and adventurous.
How many people do you take?
We have 10 double kayaks so that's 20 people max. If you are more than that we normally split the group so half paddle the outward leg, meet the rest on the beach and swap so the other half paddle back.
I'm over sixty? Can I do it?
Like I said, if you can do a one hour walk then you can do it. We've had many older customers and as long as you feel good you'll be fine.
Is there a weight limit?
Over 120kg is probably pushing it. Max 200kg in total for both paddlers.
What about kids?
Generally from 8 years up kids are fine, especially if they are with an adult in the boat. If younger they need a strong adult with them because the adult does pretty much all the work. And the weather needs to be very calm.
Will I fall off?
Almost certainly not because our kayaks are hugely stable. About three people a year on average fall in and that's usually because they are messing about. Anyway, it's also very easy to get back on. Besides it's False Bay and the water is not very cold.
What kind of boats are they?
We use very stable two person sit-on-top type of kayaks. We find people who have never paddled before become immediately comfortable because they don't feel constricted as they would in a sit-inside type of kayak and also feel that should they fall off it would be easy to get back on. They also like the fact that they are sharing the paddling with another person - usually their partner of course.
Double kayaks? What if we are 3 people, or 5 or even just one?
We used to have a gladiator style battle to the death to get rid of the one odd person out, but while it proved very popular, it simply took too long so these days you will either be with a guide or with another person from an odd numbered group.
What must I wear?
Wear shorts and a T shirt. A hat and sunscreen too. You can go barefoot but sandals are a good idea (not flip flops as they tend to come off when you walk in water). You will get wet so bring a towel and a change of clothes for afterwards. In winter longs like tracksuit bottoms and a sweater or windbreaker is advised. Quick-dry clothing is recommended rather than cotton.
When is the best time of year?
You probably think summer only, right? You are dead wrong - all year round is best. Summer of course has warm sun and warm water but it also brings many windy days. Winter on the other hand is cooler and has many completely calm, warm, beautiful days. In winter there is also a good chance of seeing whales. In answer, the best time of year to paddle is the time you are available to do it.
What if the weather is bad?
You must always text in the morning before you leave for the trip to check the weather. If it's cancelled then we try and get you on the next nice day if you can make it. If you cannot postpone you get a full refund. Note that a rainy day is not "bad weather", only a windy day is.
What will I see?
Penguins of course - cormorants, terns, gulls and the marvellous oystercatcher. Fish swimming under your kayak. Seals will often gambol around the kayaks and no, you won't see any sharks. But most important you will see the ocean (and the mountains!) from a perspective you never have before.
What about booking?
A day before is normally sufficient but the longer in advance the better.
Where do I go?
The trip leaves from Simon's Town Waterfront and there is a car park right there. A local landmark is Berthas Restaurant (Google Maps link). Please plan to arrive around 15 minutes prior to your scheduled trip time. You should also always Whatsapp or text the number supplied on your booking confirmation an hour before trip time to check the weather because if the conditions are adverse the trip may be postponed.
Less than 48 hours notice - no refund.
More than 48 hours notice - full refund.
Cancellation by us due to bad weather - full refund. Or you can postpone to another day if convenient.