The Boss Name: Sam Williams Role: Grande Fromage From: Port Quin/Port Isaac Established Cornish Coast Adventures in: 2005 VHF radio nickname: […]
“Classic”3 hour kayak session. Cost £40/person or special rate of £35/person if in a group of 4 or more (outside of peak season).
Please note for this trip we normally use double kayaks, both for their stability and because we find two paddlers are generally better than one. With much less effort required, you can then concentrate on enjoying the stunning local scenery!
Please call or email us to discuss your group size and requirements as Sam or another instructor will normally be on the phone to take bookings and advise what’s best.
We teach you the basics in the sheltered harbour and then go on a coastal journey if the sea conditions allow. We hope to take in some large sea caves, plenty of stunning coastline, secluded coves, along with an array of sea and bird life.
We regularly see fulmars, cormorants, shags, oyster Catchers, razor Bills, guillimots, turnstones, black backed gulls, gannets and lots of other sea birds.
Our groups quite often see grey seals and sunfish when out on the kayaks; sometimes we have even been lucky enough to see dolphins and basking sharks on our trips. Not to mention the amazing world of the rock pools and tide lines that hide some of the most interesting creatures!
Our guides also have an intricate knowledge of the Geology and History of the amazing coastline, which has been shaped by natural forces and mined through the ages for precious metals and minerals. We love sharing our local history and knowledge with you.
This session can’t be run if there are medium strength winds and swells over a certain size, so we will always contact you if the forecast does not look good. A basic level of fitness is required, especially as an adult if paddling with under 18’s on a double kayak. It is also advantageous to have kayaking experience but it is not essential – if you are happy on and in the water, generally this is enough to have a great time.
Timings and duration:
We run these trips most days ( weather/sea condition dependent) in the Summer season April-October. We normally run at 9am and 1pm but also sometimes in the evenings and at different times of the day due to the tides. The early or late sessions are normally calmer due to lighter winds in either the early mornings or late afternoons. So the early bird really does catch the worm in the kayaking world!
Allow three hours for this trip, from our introduction at Scarrabine Farm followed by two hours paddling on the water. Please aim to arrive at our HQ 10-15 minutes before your booking time.
We provide all necessary equipment, from wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, footwear, kayaks and qualified instructor. Please bring swimwear for under your wetsuit, a towel and warm clothes to change into afterwards. Water and suncream are handy if it’s sunny!
We initially change/wetsuit up at our HQ where we have changing rooms if required, when we return from our trip we change beside the harbour where surfer style changing is necessary ( a towel and some balance!)
We recommend a minimum age of 14 (younger by arrangement if sea conditions are suitable) for our kayak tours – provided the child is on a double kayak with an adult who can, if needed, paddle for them if they get tired. We do not have an upper age limit but just use common sense please. Call or email if you have a specific concern.
Kayaks become unstable if you are too heavy for their buoyancy, also people can find the seating position uncomfortable if carrying much excess weight. We recommend persons no heavier than 17 stones on kayaks, although we have taken a few Rugby players out on sheltered sessions who were nearer 20 stone so it can be more about proportion of weight to height etc. Please let us know if you are a bit over weight before booking as we are more than happy to alter the session to suit your needs and it also saves any awkward situations for either party on the activity day. Normally it is best to do a more sheltered introduction session so that you are not committed to a longer journey if you feel uncomfortable or unstable . If you get on well you can then look at coming out again another time to use the skills and confidence gained in the sheltered harbour to further explore the coastline.
Sam and Team,
Had to write you a quick email to say thanks so much for taking us out kayaking. Everyone agrees it was the highlight of our holiday and we cant wait to come out with you again. Please pass on a special thank’s to Rich who showed us the huge sea caves, even though i was a bit nervous about going in at first they were breathtaking. Hope to see you again next year.
Best wishes the Jarvis family
Wanted to send email to you all on return from our holiday.
Please could you pass on our thanks to the guys we went out with on Tues 17th August. We had a brilliant time, absolutely loved it (certainly earned some brownie points with our youngest Ashley who was convinced we were going sight-seeing). I would be disappointed if we didn’t do it again as we visit the area most years and have been recommending it to all our friends since and we also left a note /advert from the paper in our friends caravan. I probably was the most nervous initially but i was impressed with the level of attention given to the group etc.
Thank you again and hope that you have had a good summer of business and continue to make people happy and create memories like ours.
Nikki, Adrian, Christopher and Ashley