Frequently Asked Questions
20 QUESTIONS & answers
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Is it safe? I have never gone sea kayaking before.
You need no prior kayaking experience to do this trip, just a little bit of guts and common sense. Double kayaks are incredibly stable and well suited for beginners and intermediates, while singles require more skill since they can roll over. There are no tides, currents or big swells to worry about in Saint Anna. Windy conditions will be your biggest hurdle and you do need to be sensible and realise your limitations. Choose routes in the inner and middle archipelago if it’s very windy. You also always have the option to stay put and wait out windy weather rather than battling the seas.
What about emergencies?
We give you a cell phone and the whole area has reception. If something happens civilisation is only a phone call away and you can be reached by boat taxi or the coast guard in up to 20 minutes. Luckily accidents are very rare in the archipelago and if any problems occur (for example broken equipment, minor medical problems) we will assist you.
What about tides?
There are no tides whatsoever in Saint Anna. The sea level stays the same, which means no time tables to consider and no transporting kayak and gear from the waterline. Also, there are no big swells since all the islands break up waves into choppy water.
Do I need to be fit?
You don’t have to be fit to go sea kayaking. It’s easy and you completely decide your own pace and how much distance to cover. Kayaks are surprisingly quick with just a little effort. If you are paddling against strong winds, it can be pretty tough however. It can often be avoided, but not always. We’ll teach some tricks to avoid the wind as well as basic paddling technique.
I don’t know anything about navigation. Will I get lost?
We’ll teach you everything you need to know, it’s not that difficult. You just have to be attentive and continuously compare what you see around you to the map. It’s an advantage to have a little knowledge of maps, orienteering or navigation, but we’ve had many novices over the years and they do just fine too. One person in your group will be assigned navigator and have the rolling compass, sea chart and hand compass strapped in front on the kayak.
What are weather conditions usually like?
The weather in the archipelago changes often and quickly. We give you a cell phone and text you the weather report every morning. When you are out for a few days you are very likely to experience a couple of calm and sunny days and a couple of windy and overcast ones. Sometimes it rains of course, but it usually passes pretty quickly. We provide good water and wind proof clothing. Temperatures vary a lot, a typical summer day can bring you 33°C and sunshine, or 17°C and rain, but mostly it stays around 20–28°C.
How warm will the water be?
It’s always hard to predict water temperatures. How early you can comfortably swim depends completely on the weeks leading up to the summer. All it takes is a couple of weeks of warm weather to heat the water nicely (Nordic style, we’re not in the Mediterranean). In general it may look something like this: