Sea Kayaking Shows Another Side Of Expedition Cruising
Bumping through the ice, gliding across a glassy bay, with the mountains and glaciers reflected in the water, are unique experiences shared by just a small group of guests on each voyage who are joining the sea kayaking program.
One Ocean Expeditions highly experienced kayak guides have a combined role of safety and interpretation – they will guide and introduce you to a slower paced experience in the Polar Regions. Kayak excursions will be offered in conjunction with the Zodiac excursions whenever weather conditions permit, with about six or seven kayak adventures planned over the duration of the voyage.
We begin our busy program of excursions to various bays and islands, focusing on wildlife sites such as seal or walrus haul-outs, penguin rookeries, bird colonies, historic sites and places of scenic interest.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Your personal comfort and safety are our priorities. The paddling gear that we have chosen is designed to support this statement. During your excursion, you will be wearing a Gore-Tex dry-suit, with rubber gaskets at the wrists and neck, and integrated Gore-Tex socks to keep you dry. A kayaking-specific lifejacket (PFD) will be provided and neoprene ‘ponies’ (paddling mitts) will help keep your hands warm.
Paddling accessories include an adjustable touring paddle, spray skirt and a waterproof kayak deck bag that can be clipped to the kayak forward of the cockpit, allowing waterproof storage for personal items (camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, bottle of water) and easy access while paddling.
Our fleet of kayaks consist of single and double polyethylene sea kayaks, all with rudders to make steering simple. The kayaks have been chosen for their combination of seaworthiness and stability with the aim of keeping you dry, comfortable and allowing a comfortable platform for photography, while still permitting you to cover a few miles each excursion.
This may be the only time in your life that you paddle a kayak in a polar environment. In order to ensure that you are able to participate and get the most out of this program, we strongly recommend that you have prior experience in a sea kayak.
Find out more about the program and watch the video below:
Have a look and Alesha and Jarryds from NOMADasaurus 360 degree video about sea kayaking in Antarctica. Try to watch this video on your mobile device and tab on the screen, to watch the whole experience.
Meet your sea kayak guides:
Liz is an incredibly inspiring outdoor enthusiast, guiding sea kayaking courses for One Ocean Expeditions guests since 2011. Her outstanding sea kayaking abilities secured her a position as a kayak ranger for the Forest Service in Alaska. Liz holds a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching which she combines with her outdoor teaching expertise. In her career as a sea kayak guide, she even taught a college-level sea kayaking course. She is a skilled and experienced kayak guide making paddlers of all abilities feel confident in icy waters!
Mark has spent two decades instructing and guiding canoe, kayak and hiking trips in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica. Mark successfully led the Canadian whitewater freestyle team for several years in the 1990’s and won the world Championships in open canoe in 1997. He has been leading kayaking trips for One Ocean Expeditions for the last five years and played an essential part in designing OOE’s overnight sea kayaking program. Since 2011, Mark has travelled more than 20 times to Antarctica and skillfully explores the remote bays and inlets surrounding the peninsula.