Get a taste for what sea kayaking is all about without having to travel out of town. See historical Williamstown, the mouth of The Yarra and even interesting wildlife. This kayak half day trip is suitable for beginners and includes fish and chips on the foreshore during the tour.
This tour offers a unique perspective of the beautiful city from the water. Your tour options include paddling under the West Gate Bridge, paddling over the channel to Sandridge Beach or paddle along the protected waters of Williamstown foreshore. Your kayak experience begins with a short discussion on the format for the half day including distance expected to paddle and 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. After going though some basic strokes for 20 minutes (depending on the skill level of group), you'll set out on the adventure paddling as one group.
Commentary on environmental features and local history is provided. Sights that may be seen along the way include dolphins, cormorants, fish, boat wrecks, historical buildings, marinas and yachts. Fish and Chips is provided for lunch half way through the trip on picturesque Williamstown Foreshore. When the group returns to the start, the gear is packed away and you can change into some warm clothes.
The experience is 3.5 hours in duration. We operate once a day, departing at 10.00 am and finishing at 1.30 pm. Tours operate everyday of the year, subject to demand. Our busiest times are on weekends and the months of September - May.
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.
Participants must be reasonably active and over 14 years of age (for insurance purposes). People with current: bad backs, broken arms and legs, wrist injuries or dislocated shoulders should not attend.