Safety

Alaska Sea Kayakers is committed to helping ensure your safety on the water.

Our mission is to safely guide, comprehensively advise, and to outfit our clientele with the best equipment available.

All Alaska Sea Kayakers guides have completed cetification training in skills and seamanship, safety and rescue, and Wilderness First Aid.

Alaska Sea Kayakers charters only USCG inspected vessels.

Alaska Sea Kayakers practices preventative measures exclusively, for bear management.


Alaska Sea Kayakers Safety Guidelines

Skills
Our guides have appropriate skills to guide extended ocean kayaking trips in Alaska.

 

Experience
Our guides have experience in handling all aspects of sea kayaking trips for up to groups of 15 including trip planning, safety, group camping, cooking, medical needs, and expediting and guiding.

 

Purpose
Our guides have experience on trips of two to fifteen people in Prince William Sound(PWS) and other Alaskan locations. Trip emphasis can vary from purely recreational, to educational with an emphasis on natural history, ecology, environmental issues, Leave-No-Trace camping, social history, and kayaking skills.

 

Guides
Our guide to kayak ratio is 1:4.

All guides are over the age of 21.

All Alaska Sea Kayaker’s guides carry certifications in skills and seamanship, and safety and rescue.

All guides have a minimum medical certification of Wilderness First Aid, with CPR

 

Diverse Training
Our guides are trained to provide necessary instruction, assess safety concerns, establish and enforce safety regulations, identify and manage hazards, and handle emergency situations while participating in the activity of kayak touring with groups in PWS.

 

Alaskan Paddlers
Our guides’ experience with sea kayak trips in Southeast Alaska and PWS give them the water time necessary to make prudent judgment in the field. Training in self-rescue and assisted rescue and boat handling skills qualify them to readily instruct others.

 

Paddle Plans
All itineraries are kept on file at Alaska Sea Kayaker’s office and with our water-taxi operator’s office.

 

Inspection
All equipment is inspected upon each use to ensure safe operating condition. This applies to all kayaks and gear, camping and safety equipment.


Flotation
PFDs are U.S. Coast Guard approved 160.064/1508/0 Type III PFD and manufactured by EXTRASPORT, INC. All PFDs are inspected prior to each use and must be worn with a spray skirt at all times while on the water.

 

Pre Trip Instruction
Basic boat training prior to use includes packing, handling, entries/exits, safety, paddling, and assisted rescues. Pre-trip orientation also includes wind, waves, tidal action and other hazards.

 

Safety Equipment
Rescue equipment includes paddle floats for self-rescues, rescue slings for assisted rescues, tow belts, bilge pumps and sponges, extensive first aid kits, signal flares, VHF radios, whistles, maps, and compasses. All safety equipment is inspected regularly for wear.

Clientele Requirements
Guidelines for participation on a sea kayak trip:
A. Participant has a desire to partake.
B. Participant has a reasonable level of physical fitness and endurance.
C. Participant is capable of following basic instructions.
D. Participant is capable and willing of functioning in a group environment.

 

 

Great for ages 10 and up!   No Experience Necessary!

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