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In a kayak, face the great ocean from sea level. No machines or fossil fuels, only salt spray, rolling water, sea birds and companions. Smooth strokes propel the sleek craft as they slice through the swell. Dolphins and seals sometimes swim around unperturbed by your presence.
Woolamai Waters (Phillip Island) offers sheltered conditions for most of the year. On this kayak adventure, you will kayak past huge granite cliffs (reminiscent of Wilson's Promontory's landscape) and paddle into sea caves. Both beginners and experienced paddlers will find this area a real adventure. The sea is abundant with marine life including seals, penguins and the occasional pod of dolphins and the lunch spot is a real 'corker'. This trip is for people who want to get away from it all.
Your experience begins with a short discussion on the format for the day including lunch breaks, distance expected to kayak, and expected weather conditions. You are then kitted up with a PFD, spray deck, paddle jacket, thermals and a paddle before the all important safety briefing including a dry capsize drill. Once you have done a few warm up stretches, you will be paired up into paddling partners. Most sea kayaks are double sea kayaks with a couple of single kayaks available for the more experienced paddlers in the group. After going though some basic strokes for 15 minutes. You'll set out on the kayak adventure, paddling as one group.
Commentary on environmental features and local history is provided by your guide. Sights that may be seen along the way include dolphins, seals, sea eagles, commorants, fish, boat wrecks, historical buildings, marinas and yachts. Lunch and drinks are provided for everyone about half way through the trip. The group then returns to the start in their kayaks, the gear is packed away and you can change into some warm clothes.
Participants must be reasonably active and over 14 years of age (for insurance purposes) shoulders should not attend. People with current: bad backs, broken arms and legs, wrist injuries or dislocated.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
We operate with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 people.
The trip depends on good weather conditions, particularly the strength of the wind and the effect on wave and swell size. Trips will be cancelled if the forecast is for 20 knots or above. Staff will contact participants 2 days before hand to confirm go ahead. Cancelled trips will be rescheduled.
Bring bathers, thermal top or 'rashy', water bottle, wet suit boots, old runners or sandals or thongs. Spray jacket, thermal top, PFD and spray deck are supplied.
Customers need to sign an indemnity form and medical form before they commence the trip. Dry bags are supplied for camera equipment and mobile phones. All staff have a sea kayaking guide or instructors qualification, level 2 first aid or wilderness first aid and at least 5 years experience.
Phillip Island, access is by car and is about 90 minutes from Melbourne.