Updated: Aug 3, 2020
Fitness for sea kayaking is much different than for other activities. Some of our day trips are only 3 miles of paddling, some are up to 8 or 9 miles. During our overnight trips we may paddle much more.
Though just about anyone can paddle 9 miles if needed, we want our guests (and the rest of the group) to have the best experience, so I developed the following self-survey to help you plan the best trip for you and your group.
Rate yourself from level 1 - 5, then see trip recommendations below.
Level 1 - Doesn't do a lot of exercise for the sake of exercise. May do kayaking or canoeing on a small lake once in a while, but not regularly.
Level 2 - Exercises purposefully, low impact like walking a few miles a day, riding a bike recreationally around town, kayaking or canoeing once a week.
Level 3 - Exercises more intensively. xc ski, paddle, row.
Level 4 - Plays on a team sport, xc ski or bike at high intensity, kayak and sup regularly, or swim/gymnastics.
Level 5 - Calls themselves a sea kayaker or otherwise paddles longer distances on a regular basis. (2-3X week)
As you can see from our rating system we rate paddling at a distance even higher than high-intensity sports activities. This is because sea kayaking has a specific set of skills (using the arms and upper torso muscles in a unique way)
Now we'll offer some trip recommendations...
Motivated level 1 and level 2 paddlers
Level 2 paddlers
Level 3 paddlers
All of our trips are possible. If you've never sea kayaked you might want to try a shorter overnight trip first to get your "feet wet", or take a kayaking or stand up paddling class to gain a higher level of skill.
Level 4 paddlers
You should have fun on any of our trips and/or paddling courses.
Level 5 paddlers
You are probably out there on your own, or taking an instructor course with us.