Things to know
A kayak trip can only paddle as fast as the slowest person, and that is why we use some of the best and most up to date equipment, as well as keep our group sizes small for personal instruction and mentoring.
Cape Kayaking uses a number of different types of kayaks that are all classified as DAY TOURING style vessels. These boats are between 14’ and 17’ in length and accommodate one person weighing between 100 lbs. – 240 lbs.
We prefer to put everyone in single kayaks for obvious and not so obvious reasons.
- Speed and efficiency
- Independence, maneuverability and freedom to go left, right, straight, and backwards
- Reduce the aggravation of trying to coordinate paddle strokes
- When one person falls in, they are the only person responsible (and wet!)
- Learning skills and developing good paddling etiquette is easier
For our younger clients that do not weigh quite 100 lbs., or children that have had little experience in a kayak but do not want to be left on shore, Cape Kayaking has TANDEM TOURING kayaks. In this scenario, we pair the younger individual with a capable parent/guardian to paddle the kayak together. Most, if not all, of the work paddling in this situation is put on the adult.
We also can accommodate the littlest of kids (at your discretion). Our TANDEM TOURING kayaks have a removable 3rd (jump seat) that fits between the 2 regular paddlers. (And yes, we also have the PFD’s that fit).
Where and When to Meet
All tour description are accompanied with a map of all the public boat launches and parking areas that you will meet us at.
For all tours, except the Pochet Island tour, you can drive and park your vehicle at the town landings (Please take note of the appropriate places to park at each lot). We require you to be ready to paddle 30 minutes prior to the tour start time.
The Pochet Island tour requires carpooling to and from the landing due to limited parking at the boat launch area. Cape Kayaking will meet everyone in the parking lot of the Orleans Stop&Shop (Look for the blue truck with the boats). We will provide the transportation from this location and require everyone to be ready to go by the tour start time.
For maps and directions, please see the individual tour pages.
Expect the Unexpected
To make this experience more enjoyable we ask you take into consideration a few things in respect to participating in an outdoor recreation activity
- Kayaking is a water sport – the possibility of getting wet on any of our guided tours is 100%!
- Weather can be unpredictable – a change of clothing could be useful
- Wildlife can be ferocious – insect repellent is a good idea
- Ground surfaces vary – Mud, soft sand and broken seashells are common
What to Bring
- Footwear that will stay secured on the foot and can wet; i.e. water shoes, old sneakers, Tevas or other trap sandals (no flip flops or slip on shoes)
- Bug repellent
- Drinking water
- Change of clothing
- Any specific medication that you may need.
What NOT to Bring
While Cape Kayaking can provide dry bags for taking along your cameras, phones, keys and anything else that might be water sensitive, we are not responsible for any damaged items even when using a dry bag. Please inform us that you have such items and request a bag before going out on the water.
All participants must wear a personal floatation device at all times while on the water and operating equipment provided by Cape Kayaking.
No drugs or alcohol are permitted on the tours. Cape Kayaking has the authority to deny any persons participation in a tour if they appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs of any kind.