Do I need to
know how to kayak beforehand?
No. Coastal Bend
Kayak has a wealth of knowledge and experience on this topic - they
will teach you how. Our guided tours are for everyone and they are
designed to accommodate all levels of experience and abilities.
There may be circumstances when physical impairments require special
services and we are 100% prepared for those folks who need
additional attention and help. Many of our customers are 1st Time
kayakers but at other times, they are highly skilled - we do our
very best to accommodate everyone!
I be in great shape to join one of the trips?
adventures are not considered to be strenuous or physically
demanding, although we do offer advanced tours for the advanced and
serious paddlers. Generally though, we do not require a high
level of fitness. You must be capable of a few hours of moderate
exercise each day and please keep in mind that good general health
will go a long way should we happen to encounter some strong winds,
rain or other unforeseen events. Things can change
quickly on the water and we keep all of our customers informed and
prepared for such changes.
Kayak invites the whole family to join our adventures. It's a family
sport like none-other you've every tried. We do not have any strict
requirements on age but do suggest for our multiple-day tours that
children be a minimum of 12yrs old. If you think you might be too
old (no such thing) or want to discuss any particulars about your
physical abilities or limitation, please call us. We have
trippers in their 60ís & 70's!!
paddling is generally done in a day?
between 2-4 hours a day. Paddling time will vary depending on the
tour type, half-day or full-day, fishing or leisure, birding or
specialty tours. The groupís general abilities and desires
will be incorporated into the customized tour plan always so that
the tour is enjoyable and safe.
are the kayaks? What if I flip-over?
used on tours are stable, but may varies according to type of kayak.
The chance of a capsize is minimal. If for some reason a kayak
flips, your Coastal Bend Kayak Guide Hector Rios or one of his
associate guides are highly skilled and they will acquaint all
paddlers with rescue procedures and recovery training. Knowing
about procedures is an important part of your initial group
orientation and training.
Short Video from Texas Parks & Wildlife
Familiar with Kayaking Across Texas!
Video Published with Permission for Texas
Parks & Wildlife
What if the
weather turns bad?
Our weather in
the Coastal Bend and South Texas in generally is usually pleasant
from May to the end of September, but temperatures will rise during
the day and can become down-right "hot". It is not uncommon in
mid-summer for sudden thunderstorms to pop-up, so the general rule
is to be prepared for any type of weather and you will stay warm and
comfortable. Quick-dry clothing materials are best suited for the
SHOES ARE RECOMMENDED
BUT NOT REQUIRED.
material is not recommended.)
Where do we
wash? Are there toilets?
For washing, you
have the option of bringing hand sanitizers or wipes.. Please only
bring biodegradable, environmentally-friendly products for cleansing
agents. Your guide will generally designate an area or system that
works for ensuring your privacy.
appropriate to tip the guides?
guide is not expected but very much appreciated. If you feel your
guide has done an exceptional job, tipping is an appropriate way to
show your appreciation. Thank you!
If you have
other questions about your upcoming trip, please feel free to
contact us via e-mail or
give us a