Using Sit-In Or Sit-On Top Kayaks Or Inflatable Paddleboards With Kayak Seats Mounted On Them
What To Expect?
APRIL - NOVEMBER
For Groups of 1 to 10 Participants
For this experience, we will be running a 5 to 8 mile stretch of one of the Shenandoah Valley's great rivers for day trips, or paddling 3 to 5 miles for half-day trips.
Depending on river levels we will be using sit-in or sit-on-top recreational kayaks (which have large open cockpits extending from the paddlers knees to the seat back or no cockpit at all) or paddle boards with kayak seats mounted on them. If the boats or boards overturn, the paddler will simply fall out or off. These boats and boards require no special training to get on, in, exit, or paddle.
Participants should be aware that kayaks are sized to fit people just like clothing. There are different size kayaks to fit different sized people. Most of our kayaks will fit people up to 220 lbs. Some of our kayaks will fit people up to 300 lbs. For participants of any height above 300 lbs, or participants below 5"6" and over 250 lbs. we suggest switching to rafts for their own comfort and safety. We reserve the right to change the type of kayak someone uses if we do not feel they have the ability to exit a kayak and self-rescue if they overturn their kayak. An accurate height and weight measurement will be needed for each participant prior to the trip, so we can bring the right size boats and gear for everyone.
Participants will be provided boats, paddles, life jackets, dry bags (to take personal items down the river in), first aid kit, and bathroom kit. On cooler days wetsuits are available at no extra cost.
Kayak or Raft Bird Watching Experience:
The rivers of the Shenandoah Valley provide some great bird watching. If you love birds and want to try some gentle recreational kayaking or rafting to watch them - call us. We'll provide everything you need including binoculars.
Kayak or Raft Fall Foliage Float Trips:
(September to November)
These trips offer stunning views of the Shenandoah's Fall Foliage from a different perspective. Wetsuits are available on cool weather days.
What To Wear?
Comfortable clothing or bathing suit appropriate for the expected weather and preferably made of synthetic fiber that dries quickly, and comfortable shoes that you do not mind getting wet and muddy in the river.
No open toed shoes, sandals, crocs, or flip-flops because they do not stay on people's feet or protect their toes and tops of their feet from rocks and sharp objects on the river bottom.
What To Pack?
A bag lunch sealed in a zip-lock bag; drinks in screw-top plastic bottles, and sunscreen.