Do I need to be able to swim?
Not necessariliy, you are always wearing a buoyancy aid, which will keep you afloat should you enter the water. But if you have a strong fear of getting your face wet you will probably find it hard to relax .
What are the chances of capsizing?
I aim to keep everyone dry on the trips, thus i have chosen kayaks that are as stable as i can get them for beginners whilst still giving the feel of a sea-kayak. So if you are very nervous i do suggest that you try a capsize drill at the start of the trip so the worst is over you and you can relax more on the trip. Generally the more uptight you are the greater the chance of falling in.
What happens if the weather is wet, windy?
If the weather is not suitable for the planned location I will suggest a more sheltered one. If the weather is too unsafe for any location I will cancel or postpone the trip at no cost to you, any deposit will carry forward or be returned, which ever is appropriate.
Maximum group size 12, minimum group size 2.
How to Book
Where are we based?
We are a mobile set up, therefore we meet you at the pre-arranged location. We operate in various sites between Oysterhaven, Kinsale and the Old Head of Kinsale. See Google Map.
What do I wear/bring?
You bring swimwear, towel and footwear such as booties or old runners – some sort you don’t mind getting wet. If the day is sunny , you will be more comfortable if you bring, bottle of water, a sun hat or sun glasses(string attached), sun screen. If the day is cool, you will be more comfortable if you bring a light fleece or thermal top and a woolly hat.
I have no car , how do I get there?
You can get a Bus Eireann Public service from Cork City to Kinsale (see link below).
If you are taking part in a harbour tour, you can walk to the Trident Hotel in the town where H2O will meet you. If you are taking part in one of the coastal tours Alayne can arrange to Pick you up and drop you back to Kinsale in the H2O Mini Bus.
There are no upper age limits!! Its never too late, in fact - its probably exactly the right time. Your thinking about it for years, come join us now. Our double Kayaks are ideal for adults to bring younger kids between the ages of 6 and 14. The kids need to be about 12/13 before they can paddle the sea-kayaks solo. Although i have had kids younger able to manage, it depends on their height and strength and determination.