Everybody's curious. Nobody
likes to be uninformed. Sometimes though, especially when we're
just beginning a new activity, we don't even know what the
important questions are.
Here at Azimuth Expeditions, we
get a lot of questions, and that's the way we like it. We want
you to know as much as possible about sea kayaking and the
program selection that we offer before you make your decisions
about which class or tour is right for you. Although everybody
has different concerns, there are some questions that seem to
come up more than others. We've assembled a few of them here,
and tried to answer them as best as we can.
if you've got more questions or you still need clarification on
anything we have on our calendar, you can always give us a call
or email us at
Do I need to have had sea
kayaking experience to go on a tour?
No. Our Half-Day, Evening
and Full-Day tours are designed so that anyone, regardless
of kayaking experience, can participate. Although these
shorter tours are not set up to be classes, we do give you
enough instruction about how to paddle properly that you'll
be safe, comfortable and efficient on the water. We do,
however, recommend that you take a Sea Kayak Foundation
Class before going on any of our multi-day tours; because of
the additional paddling time involved, it would be helpful
for you to have had instruction in basic paddling skills.
Do the prices listed for classes
and tours include all the equipment I need, or do I have to rent
There are some outfitters
that charge one price for a class or tour, then charge
additional fees for items like kayak or wetsuit rental, even
though those items are necessary for the program to work.
Our prices include everything you'll need for our classes
and tours. Our multi-day tours include food and group
camping gear in addition to the required kayaking equipment,
and we provide you with a list of items you'll need to bring
when you sign up.
What do I need to bring with me
on a Half-Day or Evening Tour?
A camera (a waterproof
disposable works well.)
An extra set of clothing
packed in a waterproof bag. This will go with you on the
tour, inside the kayak. (A drybag is preferred, but a
plastic garbage bag will work.)
What should I wear for a class
Wear clothing that will keep
you warm, even if it's wet. Polypro, fleece and wool work
best. Heavy cotton items like jeans and sweatshirts are
discouraged. Layering is a good option and always remember
to bring along a lightweight nylon or Gore-tex rain jacket.
Do I get a discount if I have my
No. We have everything you
need for our classes and tours so you don't have to feel
like you need to provide anything. We do recommend, however,
that you use your own kayak if you have one, especially for
classes like the Rescue and Recovery and the Roll Clinic.
It's good to get comfortable with new skills in the boat
you'll normally be paddling.
Does it matter that I'm not a
Not a bit. This is kayaking,
and we try very hard to emphasize the difference between
being on the water and being in it. You will be wearing a
Personal Floatation Device (a life vest), at all times while
you're paddling, so if you should happen to take an
unexpected dip, you will float. It doesn't happen often, but
if it does, our guides are experts at getting you quickly
back in your kayak, where you belong.
When should I sign up for a
class or tour?
There's no real rule on
this, and we often take registrations right up until the
tour or class is about to get underway. It does happen
though, that we fill up early, so the best plan is to
register as soon as you can. If you know there's a class you
want to take or a particular tour you want to go on, sign up
early to make sure you get a spot.
Can I just show up at a class or
tour and register on site?
No. We take enough gear with
us to cover the number of participants that are registered
for each class and tour. If you show up without prior
coordination with us, we won't have a kayak for you to use.
What if I need to cancel?
Full payment is required to
register for all classes and tours that are one day or less
in length. This payment is refundable in full if
cancellation is made at least 5 days in advance. If the
cancellation is made within 5 days of the activity, no
refund will be given. You may, however, transfer to another
class or tour inside of 5 days for a $20 service fee.
Multi-day tour cancellations receive a full refund of the
deposit if the cancellation is made at least 30 days before
the tour. Inside of 30 days, the deposit is forfeited. You
can make arrangements with us though, if you want to
We realize that things come
up and the unexpected always has a way of disrupting the
best laid plans. We will work with you as much as possible
to ensure that you get the sea kayaking experience you are
What kind of kayaks are
We use Northwest Kayaks
fiberglass singles. A lot of outfitters use slow plastic
boats because they're less expensive and easier to maintain.
We recognize that composite boats do require more upkeep,
but we believe that the additional performance and enhanced
aesthetic that you experience when using a fiberglass boat
is worth the extra cost. Doubles are available upon request,
and we usually take a double along on our multi-day tours.
How old do you have to be to
participate in a class or tour?
Our course and tour
offerings are based on participants being adults. We will
take children 12 and over along on our shorter tours, but
only if accompanied by a parent. If you've got kids and
you'd like to get them involved in kayaking, a custom class
or tour is probably just the ticket. We can work with you to
craft a tour or class that will maximize your child's
enjoyment and fit their needs.