• An experienced kayaker waiting for guests in Desolation Sound

Are You Experienced?

Important questions to ask yourself before you choose to paddle alone

Chill & Immerse kayaking guests need to show that they have adequate knowledge & experience of sea kayaking techniques before paddling without a guide at Cabana Desolation

Questions to Ask

For our Chill and Immerse Cabana package, kayaking experience is essential. This includes having formal sea kayaking lessons in the past 10 years as well as touring experience and knowledge of kayaking in tidal waters.

Those guests that are electing the Chill & Immerse kayaking package are effectively renting kayaks from us and staying at the resort. As such our policy for self-guided guests is the same as our rental guests for overnight trips:

  • PRSK will not rent kayaks to groups unless 1/5 people in the group have had a formal lesson, including a focus on capsize/re-entry.
  • PRSK will not rent kayaks to families unless at least one parent has had a formal lesson:
    • For multi-day rentals with kids less than 13, at least one parent has a lesson including wet-exits and self- and assisted-rescues, and has experience of at least 2 multi-day trips without kids.
    • All kids less than 16 must be in a double kayak.
    • Kids 16 or older can be in a single kayak as long as they have had a formal lesson with a focus on capsize/re-entry.

Kayaks stored for the night on a camping tour in Desolation Sound
A group of less experienced kayakers on a guided kayak tour in Desolation Sound

We’re Here to Help

Our goal is not to turn you off sea kayaking. Our goal is to ensure a safe trip that allows you to thoroughly enjoy the delights of sea kayaking.

If you feel that you do not have enough experience, or have not taken a lesson, we recommend booking a guided package.

We are glad to work with all our guests (experienced or inexperienced) to ensure a safe, enjoyable resort experience.

Please note that while unguided guests may well share Cabana Desolation with guests that are on a guided tour, they will not have a guide around during times of actual paddling.

As such, you need to be aware of all the potential dangers of sea kayaking and the effect of wind, tides and currents, sudden capsize, and other dangers that are inherently associated with the sport while you are alone on the water.

If you are not comfortable or unsure, continue reading here or please consider our Guided Kayak Package.