|Join us for an overnight kayak camping trip on one of Virginia's barrier islands as the perfect introduction to expedition kayaking and kayak camping. This is more than a guided camping trip -- it's two days of skill development and instruction as well. We'll spend time discussing packing and loading your kayak for the best trim, pre-launch navigation (we provide laminated chart sections for each paddler), the effect of wind and tides, weather reading and prediction, and escape routes. |
Once we have the kayaks loaded we'll launch and paddle in protected bays, open water and open ocean surrounding the barrier islands, with some rough water practice in loaded boats. Toward the end of the first day we'll navigate to an island and find a suitable camp site. It's a great opportunity to feel how a loaded kayak behaves in open water and moderate surf conditions.
Prerequisites: Solid foundation in basic strokes, braces and rescues. Experience with self and assisted rescues. Eskimo roll is helpful, but not required.
Equipment required: Sea kayak, spray skirt, paddle, PFD, standard safety and rescue equipment, signal devices (mirror or flares) plus a helmet designed for water sports. We recommend bringing a sack lunch for the first day. You'll also need camping gear, including a tent (shared tent space may be available), sleeping bag, on and off-water clothing, food, cooking gear and drinking water.
NOTE, Tax will not be charged on your credit card, even though it will show when you checkout. Please also call us at 757-439-3179 to discuss your experience level.