During the summer season, we have guests joining our water tours on a daily, and even hourly basis. Our guests come from all sides of the world, and they’re of all ages, from 3-years old to 70+ years old. It gets quite busy during the high season, and a lot of different people means a lot of different questions. Sometimes, some questions may sound a bit silly at first. For example, someone may ask if there are fish in the sea? However, if the person asking has never been to the sea before, it’s actually a very reasonable question. If you’d like to know something more, feel free to contact us(opens in a new tab). We’re here to help and make you feel more comfortable joining some of the water activities.
So, let’s start with some questions we heard from our past guests:
1. I’ve never been kayaking before, is it difficult?
Many of our satisfied guests were first or second timers, so you can feel confident joining us as well. We use sit-on-top kayaks, which are pretty stabile and easy to learn. Before heading out to the sea, we make a short introduction to kayaking. Your guide will explain and show you the basic paddling manoeuvres, while standing on the beach. After you jump into kayaks, you’ll have a small practice session, so that you and others in your small group have a chance to try out what was explained on the beach. If any questions about the paddling remain unanswered, feel free to ask your guide. By the end of the tour you’ll feel like a confident kayaker.
2. Do I need a swim suit? Will I get wet during kayaking? Will my things get wet too?
You need a swimsuit and you’ll get wet, at least a bit. Sea kayaking is a water sport activity, and in sit-on-top kayaks, you’ll get wet right at the beginning. First, your feet during the process of carrying the kayak into the sea and loading. Second, after you sit in the kayak, you’ll be more or less sitting slightly in the water the whole trip. This is actually a great thing during hot summer months! Sit-on-top kayaks are built so that the water flows freely in and out during the trip and actually that’s what makes them unsinkable. Your belongings will be kept dry inside the provided dry bag. Each double kayak, or its passengers, get one 25-30 litres dry bag.
3. Can the kayak flip over and sink? Will I lose my things?
The sit-on-top double kayaks we use for our tours are very beginner friendly and stabile. They can flip over, but it takes a lot of weight and power to do it. Single kayaks, for one person, are usually more narrow and easier to flip over, but all sit-on-top kayaks which include few holes for the water to come in and go out, are unsinkable. Even if you flip over, they will only take in a small amount of water which will flow out as soon as they are back in the up position. We recommend to all our guests to:
- keep personal belongings safe in a dry bag while on the sea
- attach the bag and other equipment to the kayak
- leave some air inside the dry bag, to stay afloat in case of flipping over.
4. I can’t swim, or I have basic swimming skills, can I join the tour?
In the tour description it says that it’s necessary to have basic swimming skills. Although, it’s better to have swimming skills, we do accept non-swimmers too. We just like to be notified in advance, so that your guides can be prepared to take extra care (and you may consider a tip).
5. I have a medical condition and/or allergies, I’m pregnant, it is ok to participate?
As long as your condition is not endangering your own and other participants’ health, it’s perfectly ok for you to join. Again, it’s just one of those things we’d like to be notified before the start of the tour, so you’re welcome to drop us a message (link to contact form) in case of any doubts. We’ve had guests with diabetes, asthma, bee allergies, etc., but you have to know it’s something you take the full responsibility for. If you decide to join, make sure you bring along a companion who knows exactly what to do if needed and that you have all the medications with you. Pregnant ladies are welcome too, best accompanied with someone who has more power and stamina, to take over the load if needed. In any case, if the guide finds that you are not fit for the activity, the guide has the right to refuse your participation.
6. I’m an excellent swimmer, do I really need to wear a life vest?
When going out to the sea on a small floating vessel, there are many factors we need to take to account and many reasons why wearing a life vest is so important. Here are some of them… For your guide, it’s very easy to know where each participant in the group is at all times if everyone wears the same vest. In case of a heat or sun stroke and flipping into the water, the vest will give you extra buoyancy and rescuing will go faster. If the weather conditions change and you experience very strong wind for certain amount of time, you may be gone to the open sea, find yourself tired and in higher danger. Anyway, even if those situations are not likely to happen, we can’t control other participants on the sea or the beach. Crowds can also potentially produce accidents. Last, but not least to mention, life vest also gives your body a fair amount of sun protection. So, one’s ability to swim is only a small part of the picture why the life vests are necessary for all participants.
7. What should I bring on tour?
The list of things to take shouldn’t be long, we want to make it easier on ourselves to paddle the kayak. What we always suggest to bring is swimming suit/trunks, T-shirt and shorts, towel, water shoes (if you don’t have your own we can provide them from our rental), hat and sunglasses (not expensive ones, there’s always a chance to drop them in the sea), sun screen and other types of sun protection, a drink, preferably in a reusable bottle (we can give you refill if needed) and a snack (fruit is included in the tour package). If you prefer to use your own snorkelling gear, or a life vest, you are more than welcome to take them with you.
8. Do I need to bring my camera or my mobile phone?
During every tour, guides use waterproof cameras to make photographs of guests. After the tour, in a day or two, photographs in digital format are delivered via email, free of charge. As we provide the photos, our suggestion is to keep the phones and valuable non-waterproof cameras somewhere safe from potential drowning. You can leave your phones, as well as all the other valuables, safely stored in your car (out of sight of course). If you have no place to store things, the best option is to keep them stored inside the provided dry bag and, if possible, not use them during the time on the water. However, if you prefer to use your cameras or phones while kayaking, it’s on your own risk. Depending on availability, we can provide you with a free waterproof phone case (which you return at the end of the tour). For the Apple watch users it’s also a good idea to remove the watch before diving into water, as the strap is easily released. We’ve managed to find all the lost Apple watches so far, as cliff diving is performed in relatively shallow water, close to shore. Unfortunately, some phones and sunglasses were no such luck, as the sea was deep.
9. Can my dog join me?
Boni, our team’s husky mix breed loves to go kayaking with us and she’s been doing that since she was a little puppy. If you think it will be ok for your pet to go kayaking with you, we support that 100 percent. They love adventures too, and it might turn out a lot better than staying at the hotel, alone for hours. Don’t forget that the photos from the tour will look more fun, a beautiful memory for the whole family. Anyway, keep in mind that bringing your dog on board of a kayak is a big responsibility. You must be sure you can hold the situation under control. The worst nightmare for some people on the beach could be a dog wrapped in their towels, an unexpected “shower” or even missing food from their bags. We are pet-friendly and love being surrounded by animals, but also want to respect other people’s space on the beach.
10. Are there fish in the sea? Sharks? Are the jelly fish dangerous?
There is plenty of fish in the sea! There is small fish, big fish, funny looking fish, all shapes and sizes. Crabs, squids, octopus, sea shells too. And many, many other sea creatures, including sharks. Many generations have been affected by the very famous films from the 1980s, the Jaws. The fear of sharks exists even though it’s not necessary. In the world, there are over 300 different types of sharks, and only few of them attack humans, mostly by accident. Anyway, none of those species live in the Adriatic sea. The most common type of sharks in our sea is the Blue shark. Chances that you’ll actually encounter one in the open sea are small. You could have a better chance of winning the lottery. If you want to see some of them, we suggest you to visit the Pula Aquarium. Please be aware that sharks are actually a protected species, we should keep them safe. Now, jelly fish, we have plenty of those too. Beautiful to look at as they float around. Most of them do burn, but not very much. The big ones look dangerous, but it’s actually the little ones you need to keep your eyes on. They burn more than the big ones. In general, there’s not much to worry about during the tour, most sea creature incidents include stepping on the sea urchin, and they are just annoying.
After reading all of this, if you still have some other questions, drop us a note(opens in a new tab).