Green Graded: Difficulty 1-3
Green graded sea kayaking trips are suitable for those with little or no previous sea kayaking experience. There is an emphasis on instruction and developing your skills while enjoying the surroundings of some superb locations. You will be able to progress your skills and experience throughout the trip.
You should have a reasonable level of fitness and you can expect up to 6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with breaks onshore to stretch your legs. You will also be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.
In the event of bad weather preventing us from kayaking your guide will offer an alternative activity such as an easy hike.
Blue Graded: Difficulty 4-6
Our blue graded sea kayaking trips are suitable for fit paddlers with a minimum of 5 full days of sea kayaking experience and a basic level of technical competence. You can expect 6/7 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks onshore to stretch your legs. You will also be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.
The kayaking will be in coastal waters with few open crossings, but you can expect to be paddling in some choppier conditions during the trip. This may be in winds of Force 3 (up to 18km/h). On the higher Blue grade trips, you may be paddling in more exposed areas and encounter stronger winds up to Force 4 (up to 30km/h) and breaking waves.
If you are unsure about your experience or about Sea States, please give us a call or email to discuss. If you do not yet have enough experience we suggest our Green graded sea kayaking trips.
If bad weather prevents us from kayaking, your guide will offer an alternative activity, such as a hike.
Red Graded: Difficulty 7-9
Our Red grade sea kayaking trips are designed for experienced paddlers with a good level of fitness. You can expect around 6 hours and up to 8 hours of paddling each day, traveling over 20km.
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:
- Are you happy paddling 6 hours and 15km each day?
- Are you comfortable in Force 4 conditions?
- Do you enjoy wild camping?