FAQ

Alki Kayak Tours works to provide a safe, comfortable paddling experience for everyone.  We will outfit you with a kayak suitable for your size and experience level and provide you with all the necessary equipment.  Please read through our frequently asked questions and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other burning questions!

Q: What adventure gear or kayak travel equipment should I bring?

A: Alki Kayak Tours provides all sea kayaking equipment, you provide a sense for adventure. Besides that, the clothing you’ll need to wear includes shoes/sandals you don’t mind getting wet. Be prepared for any weather with synthetic clothing and water resistant jacket. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, as well as a snack or two to keep your energy level up over a few hours of paddling. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are always a good idea for UV protection, even on overcast days.

Q: What if I have never been in a sea kayak?

A: No experience is necessary! And you don’t need to know how to swim.  While our trips are not designed to be strenuous, generally good physical condition is needed. If you are comfortable with a couple of hours of outdoor physical activity, you should be fine.

Q: What about capsizing?

A: Sea kayaking is a completely different sport than white water kayaking. Our sea kayaks provide a stable paddling platform, and capsizes are rare. There are no “wet exits” required and if you follow the guide’s instructions you will be able to safely paddle through any conditions.

Q: Are there any age limits?

A: There are no age limits, but you need to weigh at least 80 lbs to safely operate the kayak. However, we have a triple kayak and can take younger/lighter paddlers on calm days on some of the shorter paddles. Call or email for any specific concerns or questions. Generally any kids under 5 should stay home with a sitter so you can come out and enjoy yourself.

Q: I was blessed with ample hips, will I fit in the kayak?

A: You will be sitting in a confined cockpit for about 1.5 hours at a time. Seats are generally 17″ wide and total boat capacity is about 600 lbs for both paddlers. Come out early if you think you might want to see if you can comfortably sit in the kayak.

Q: What if it is nasty weather?

A: Contrary to popular belief, we have pretty darn awesome weather here in the NW if you are geared up correctly.  We go rain or shine, so bring your breathable rain jacket with a hood.  We use spray skirts, and paddling in the NW is a year round activity. We  have a micro-climate rain shadow effect here in West Seattle and are positioned so that southerly low pressure systems break over the peninsula and we have a “donut hole” of blue over our shop while it may be raining in North/South and East of us.  But yes it does get stormy occasionally, and we will call off trips due to high winds or unsafe conditions.

Get ready for your trip!  Visit our retail store Mountain to Sound Outfitters for all your kayak, SUP and clothing needs.