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Frequently Asked Questions

Hobart Half-Day and Full-Day Tours

What do I need to bring?

Hat, sunglasses, water bottle and shoes that can get wet (sandals, running shoes, deck shoes are suitable). No special clothes are required, just dress appropriately for the weather and bring a jacket in case the weather cools down. 

We will have dry bags you can use to store your jacket and personal items in the kayak.

I haven’t paddled before, is this OK?

Yes, our tours are suitable for beginners to experienced paddlers. We provide stable-double kayaks and experienced guides to ensure your safety and enjoyment.  Our guides will also give you a short overview of kayaking techniques at the beginning of your tour. If you are not sure of your 

How fit do I need to be?

Our Hobart City tour is a relaxed and easy paddle suitable for all fitness levels. It is perfect if you have never paddled before or if you are unsure of your fitness for a full-day paddle. This paddle is also perfect for children over 7.

On our full-day tours, to enjoy your tour, we recommend you have a moderate fitness level. If you occasionally play sport, walk or are somewhat active, you will enjoy the day. Our Tasman Peninsula paddle is our most demanding day paddle, with approximately 5 hours in the kayak, with a break for lunch. Our Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches paddle there is approximately 4 hours in the kayak, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours after lunch. We also paddle in a one-way direction on the Hobart's Cliffs paddle, depending on the forecast wind direction, meaning you should have the wind at your back helping you along most of the day.

What if I can’t swim?

We provide life jackets and our double kayaks are very stable and unlikely to capsize. However, if you are a non-swimmer you must inform your guide/s prior to the trip and they will keep a closer eye on you.

Will I get wet?

You will get wet feet getting into and out of the kayak, but generally you should not get too wet. You may get slightly wet midriff if it is very windy or raining. We recommend you bring a change of clothes to change into after the tour.

Can children come on your trips?

Absolutely. Our Hobart City paddle is perfect for children over 7 years old and our Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches full-day paddle is suitable for children over 10. If your child is under 16, they must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult per child so they share a double kayak).

Please note the Tasman Peninsula tour is a longer paddling day and is not suitable for children under 16.

Do you cancel in bad weather?

Your safety is of utmost importance to us and we also want you to enjoy your sea kayaking experience. We will check the weather forecast the night before your tour and if the forecast is not favourable for a safe and/or enjoyable experience we will contact you. If we do need to cancel, you will be given the option of a full refund or to transfer to another day and/or tour.

Can I bring a camera?

If your camera is waterproof, bring it along. Disposable waterproof cameras are also ideal. We do have dry bags and you are also welcome to bring your non-waterproof camera, but please note we do not take responsibility for any water damage to your camera. 

What sort of safety equipment do you carry?

On all our day tours we carry the following safety equipment:

  • Satellite phone
  • Mobile phone
  • VHF radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares
  • Extra water
  • Water pump and sponges

What if I have paid and I need to cancel?

Please give us at least 24 hours notice so we can attempt to fill your spot. No refund will be given for cancellations within 24 hours. If you cancel more than 24 hours prior to your tour we will provide a full refund less a $20 administration fee per booking.