Do I need any previous kayaking experience or will you teach me?

beginning kayakers on a san juan island sea kayaking tripNo experience is necessary! Beginners are welcome on all of our Eagles & Orcas tours.

We employ mature, seasoned guides who will give you a very thorough on-land orientation before you start your trip. You will learn the basics of kayak paddling, including how to steer and fit the boat, in our very stable double kayaks. Double kayaks tend to be wider and less “tippy” than single kayaks.

We won’t get on the water until everybody feels comfortable with ocean kayaking techniques. Then throughout your kayak trip, your guide is always there to give you pointers and assist you with your paddling skills.

We also don’t have surf zones to contend with in the San Juan Islands. Vancouver Island directly to the west of San Juan Island serves as a buffer for the Pacific Ocean waves and surf – which is one reason why the San Juan Islands are one of the premier kayak destinations in North America.

Another important consideration is that our tours don’t venture very far from the coastline. It really isn’t necessary, as the wildlife tends to concentrate along the rich habitat found where we operate our tours.

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