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Sea Kayaking

GRADING - Sea Kayaking

Grade - green

The following provides an overview of how we grade our Sea Kayaking trips. For more specific information please check out the relevant Trip Dossier. If you are in any doubt about your suitability for a trip please get in touch. We'll be very happy to advise you.

Our Green grade sea kayaking trips are suitable for people new to sea kayaking or with limited experience. The itineraries are designed to be active yet laid back with plenty of opportunity for instruction, as well as sitting back and enjoying the fantastic scenery.  

Although no sea kayaking experience is required, you should still have a reasonable level of fitness as sea kayaking can be quite tiring!  You can expect up to 6 hours of paddling each day through mostly sheltered coastal areas but with plenty of shore breaks to stretch the legs. All of these trips are accommodation based, so a warm bed and hot shower are available at the end of each day. 

Before joining trips in this grade, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

  1. Are you generally active and enjoy the outdoors?
  2. Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?

Green Graded Kayaking Trips

 

Our Trip grading system - Choosing the right trip for you

We have put together a range of grading videos which will give you an even greater understanding of what to expect on your Wilderness Scotland holiday.

Grade - blue

Our Blue grade sea kayaking trips are suitable for people with at least 5 days previous experience of sea kayaking in the past couple of years, although don’t worry if you can't do an Eskimo roll - it's not required. You should, however, be confident on the water when paddling a single kayak and it is preferable if at least some of this experience was under instruction, such as on our Introduction to Sea Kayaking trip.

You should have a good level of fitness as you can expect up to 6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks onshore to stretch your legs. The kayaking will be in coastal waters with few open crossings and you can expect to kayak up to 12km in a day, although this will be subject to weather and wind conditions.

Many of our blue trips are accommodation based (the West Coast Explorer trip involves some camping), so you can enjoy hot showers and a warm bed throughout the week on some of them  (namely the Sea Kayak Trail trips).  If you prefer to wild camp then you have that option on the Sound of Arisaig or the Summer Isles.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

  1. Have you spent at least 5 days sea kayaking in the past couple of years, in a single kayak?
  2. Do you have a good level of fitness?
  3. Do you love getting out and about in some beautiful wild places?

 

Blue graded trips for beginners and novices:

Blue graded kayaking trips for improvers and intermediates (no camping):

Blue graded trips for intermediates and above (camping expeditions):

 

Grade - red

Our Red grade sea kayaking trips are designed for experienced paddlers with a good level of fitness. You can expect around 6 hours of paddling each day, traveling over 15km.

Some days may include longer crossings with limited shelter and therefore fewer breaks ashore. This means you should be comfortable paddling in Force 4 conditions, even in open crossings. Some of these trips are multi-day expeditions away from civilisation with no facilities for several nights. So you should also have some wild camping experience (away from facilities such as toilets and showers).

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

  1. Are you happy paddling 6 hours and 15km each day?
  2. Are you comfortable in Force 4 conditions?
  3. Do you enjoy wild camping?

Red graded trips for intermediates and above (camping expeditions):

 

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