1. Do I need to know how to swim to kayak?
No, you don’t need to know how to swim. But being comfortable around water certainly can enhance your experience while kayaking on the lake.
2. Do I have to wear a life jacket?
Yes, True North requires that trip participants wear a life jacked at all times while on the water.
3. Do I need any kayaking experience to participate?
No. We provide all instruction needed to get anyone on the water.
4. Do I need to be in great shape to go on a day kayak trip?
No. On our trips most people are physically able to paddle for a day. Trips are paced to suit the whole group.
5. Are kayaks very tippy?
Sea kayaks are about 16 feet long and 24 inches wide and are more stable than people think. The initial sensation of tippiness quickly subsides and you are left with the realization that kayaks are more stable than canoes and travel swiftly over the water.
6. Will I get trapped in a sea kayak if I tip over?
Our kayaks all have large cockpits for safety and ease of exits. This in combination with life jackets, safety training, and skilled guides near by make the probability of this happening very low.
7. What do I wear while sea kayaking?
The only required clothing on trips is a pair of shoes to protect your feet while getting in and out of the boats. Any type of clothing is fine, but a polypro shirt and a pair of nylon quick drying shorts is suggested. Most people seem to be comfortable in a bathing suit worn under shorts.
8. What do I need to bring on a kayak trip?
We suggest that you bring a spare set of light clothing as well as a wind breaker. Packing your clothes and towel in a plastic bag insures that they will stay dry. Of course polypropylene, like fleece, is best. Other items you may be interested in bringing include a towel, binoculars, snacks, sun tan lotion, lip balm, and a sun hat.
9. How old do I have to be to kayak?
Kayaking is a sport that almost all ages can enjoy. We may however request that very young individuals (ages 7 to 12) partner up with a parent and go in a two person kayak
10. Can my kids come kayaking?
Young adults, ages 15 or older, are welcome on kayak tours. Younger children may be permitted to attend if they can kayak with a parent in a 2 person kayak.
11. Can my dog come kayaking?
No, while we love all animals they do not make good kayak buddies.
12. Can I bring alcohol on your trip?
No, for safety and insurance reasons we suggest you enjoy the beverage of your choice on shore to cap off a perfect end to a great day.
13. Can I bring my cell phone?
We can not insure that your electronic equipment will stay dry and safe, so we recommend that you leave it on shore. If you must bring your phone we ask that you use discretion and leave the group when making calls.
14. Can I smoke on a kayak trip?
We ask that you do not smoke while kayaking. If you need to smoke we ask that you walk a short distance from the group so as not to disturb any one else’s nature experience.
15. What happens in the event of bad weather?
We cancel trips only if the weather forecast is very bad, but we try not to cancel any trips. In the event of lighting or very strong winds we will cancel the trip. Gusty winds and rain may affect the trip but rarely cause us to cancel.
16. How are the staff qualified to lead tours?
Besides of years of experience in kayaking on the lake and around the world, all our guides are certified in CPR, First Aid, and also trained in kayaking skills and rescues by the American Canoe Association or the British Canoe Union.
17. Are there bathrooms on your tours?
Sea kayaking offers many amenities but bathrooms are not one of them. To use the facilities one merely needs to ask a guide which direction is best. Some trips may have “civilized” bathrooms available but most do not.
18. What type of kayaks do you use?
We, use expedition equipped sea kayaks, made for either one or two people. our equipment consists of top of the line quality boats from manufacturers including Valley, Wilderness systems, Necky, Dagger, and Perception.
19. What is a typical days itinerary with True North
9:30 – 10:00 Meet, boat fitting and on land safety talk.
10:00 – 12:00 Paddling with breaks for swims, instruction, and skills.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on the beach.
1:00 – 3:00 Paddling, chances for breaks, games, and boat switching.
3:00 – 3:30 Paddle home at a leisurely pace.
20. What should I pack for a day of kayaking?
All paddlers need to bring:
Sunscreen and Hat
Food, snacks, lots of water
Towel and dry clothes in small bags
Booties (must be worn at all times for safety)
21. How does rain affect a trip?
We paddle rain or shine but may change the trip a little to suit every persons ability; we can how ever provide paddle jackets that will keep you warm and almost dry. In the event of very strong winds, dangerous conditions, or lightning we will cancel. If we cancel due to the above conditions you will not be charged for the trip.
22. Can I get my money back if I cancel?
Yes, if you call us 2 days in advance so we know you are not coming. Because True North is a small company run by humans…. yes you can have your money back. Obviously we would much rather you kayak with us….just think of the fun your missing.
In the event of a real emergency last minute cancellations may be accepted
23. Do I need experience at kayaking to go on a trip?
No, all trips are appropriate for everyone, beginners are especially welcome on our trips.