If you’ve savored the peaceful feeling of floating through nature that can only be found in a kayak, you’re going to love kayaking in Antarctica. As in all activities on the peninsula, we take advantage of good weather, and put our kayaks into calm protected waters, in what are indisputably some of the most beautiful settings on earth.
You won’t need to bring any special gear. You supply the passion and a bit of basic kayaking competency and we’ll provide everything else, including kayaks, dry suits and pogies. The number of kayaking opportunities will vary based on the length of
your itinerary and the weather. Our Expedition Leader and kayaking guide team will evaluate the opportunities at each landing site, and put-in as often as they determine is safely possible. Complete details are available from your travel agent.
Who Can Participate?
Any passenger age 16 or over, in good health and with basic paddling experience is welcome to participate in the kayaking option.
What Experience Level Is Required?
Basic paddling experience is highly recommended. Participants should be capable of getting in and out of a kayak, doing a wet exit (not that we ever expect to need this), and performing forward and back strokes. Prior to each excursion the kayak guides will clearly explain the upcoming outing and expected conditions so paddlers can make informed decisions as to participation.
Is There A Participant Limit?
We can accommodate 16 participants per voyage. Sign up early — the kayak option fills quickly!
How Often Will We Paddle?
At each landing site that offers appropriate conditions we will offer the activity after a short briefing by the kayak team. We will make every effort to paddle as often as possible, but weather, sea, ice, and other conditions may preclude this. The Expedition Leader and kayak guides are the ultimate authorities on this.
What Is Included?
• Kayaks — we offer a mix of tandems and singles
• Dry suits
• Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
• Pogies (neoprene gloves)
What Do Passengers Need To
• Very little beyond enthusiasm, basic skills, flexibility, and an honest appraisal of experience and health conditions.
• Participants will need to bring proper personal clothing as noted in our supplied preparation notes.
• You might also want to bring a waterproof camera or a dry bag.