ALASKA KAYAK COMPANY’S MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do we need to know how to sea kayak?
Nope, we'll teach everything you need to know about having a fun, safe kayaking experience in a few minutes at the start of our trip.
Can't I just book a tour with my cruise ship?
Sure you can, but you'll enjoy sea kayaking with Alaska Kayak Company more. We offer smaller, higher quality tours than those sold enmass aboard the ships. Mary & Tim not only own the business, they captain & guide every tour. If you are looking for a quality experience with knowledgeable, fun, and local guides invested in your good time, you should tour with us.
Will I get back to my ship on time?
Yes. Always. Our dock is a short walk from the ships and we guarantee we'll get you back to land in plenty of time to board your boat.
What if it rains?
Don't let the possibility of rain stop you from booking a tour. We are located in the southernmost corner of a dense temperate rainforest and it may rain on your tour. The rain is usually light and intermittent, in fact we think misty days are the most beautiful days on the water. Alaska Kayak Company has the gear you need to be prepared for the weather. We provide water/wind proof jackets, rain pants, spray skirts, and have been known to let folks borrow our baseball hats for intense sunshine! If we determine that the conditions to boat or kayak are unsafe, we will cancel and you will receive a full refund.
Will I be cold?
Alaska isn't all glaciers and permafrost. Southeast Alaska is known for its moderate, albeit misty climate. Summers here are beautiful, with average highs in the 60s, and more sunshine than you might think. Everyday is different but we usually suggest two layers under our water/ wind proof paddle jackets. When in doubt, bring the extra sweater, if you don't need it we can always store it in our floating office while you adventure.
Do kayaks ever tip over?
Not on our tour! Sea kayaks can tip, but we work hard to make sure the don’t. Tim & Mary have been sea kayakers and tour guides for years and our tandem kayaks were chosen specifically for their stability and comfort. We love introducing people to the sport and enjoy teaching people the skills they need to have a great first-time kayaking experience. In the very unlikely event you deviate wildly from our easy to follow instructions and fall into the water, the temperature is chilly but safe. We are both trained in rescue techniques.
Am I too big to sea kayak?
We doubt it. Once you have confirmed your tour, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire. If you are unsure about you ability to paddle for any reason, please let us know there. We have a range of tandem kayaks that can accommodate almost anyone. If you can sit in an airplane seat, you should be able to paddle with us. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.
Is your tour accessible to guests with special needs or physical limitations?
We are proud of our ability to accommodate guests with limited mobility or special needs on the Paddles & Propellers Kayak Tour. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us! We are happy to work with you to create the safest, most fun, and most inclusive tour experience possible. Guests must be able to take 3 to 4 uneven steps from the dock onto the transportation vessel with balance assistance. There is storage for collapsible wheelchairs, collapsible walkers, crutches ect. There is no storage for motorized scooters. Guests with limited lower body mobility must have sufficient upper body strength to lower and lift themselves ~12 inches from kayak seat to swim step of boat, on a handle bar at chest height. Alaska Kayak Company welcomes family or friend groups with mixed abilities to our tour. In fact, if you are booking for a group of 4 to 6 you are getting a private tour! If elderly folks or persons with disability want to join their family but chose not to kayak - they can boat tour with the larger group and enjoy coffee and Alaska chats with Capt. Mary while Tim kayaks with the rest of the crew. If you need storage space for collapsible mobility equipment or you are scheduling a tour for a mixed ability group please let us know upon booking. We are proud to be able to offer our service to a wide range of physical capabilities, however, we reserve the right to decline a tour and provide a full refund if we are unable to safely accommodate the needs of a guest.
Can I use a single kayak?
We operate all our tours in tandem kayaks. Tandems are much more stable, and with two folks paddling you’ll be able to cover a lot more water. If you are an experienced paddler interested in using a single, call us. Subject to boat availability we are happy to accommodate your request as long as it is made well in advance of your tour. We ask that anyone who wants to paddle a single be proficient in self-rescue techniques.