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Sea Kayaking Trip Ratings

A kayaker paddles along Thacher Island's Twin Lights.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak's sea kayaking trips explore a variety of saltwater environments along the Massachusetts coast.
The actual difficulty of a kayak trip is greatly dependent on sea conditions on that day and may not be known until the day of a trip. We rate our trips so each outing has paddlers of a similar skill level which allows our guides to choose a course that is appropriate for the group.
Higher level trips cover greater distances and travel in more exposed waters, so there is a greater chance of encountering larger waves and stronger winds.
If you have questions about these levels please e-mail or call (617) 965-5110 and ask to speak with a kayak instructor or guide.
Level 1 ()
No previous kayaking experience required. These trips provide instruction and a guided trip in protected ocean waters. See our Introductory Trips page for more information.
Level 1.5 ()
Requires our Introduction to Kayaking, an Introductory Trip, or equivalent experience. You should feel comfortable:
  • Paddling 5 miles in a day.
  • Performing a wet exit.
  • Performing an assisted deep-water rescue.
  • Maintaining a heading for short distances without the use of a rudder.
  • Turning a kayak using forward and reverse sweep strokes.
 
Level 2 ()
Requires an introductory class/trip and our Basic Ocean Skills, or equivalent experience. You should feel comfortable:
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  • Paddling 6 miles in a day.
  • Performing a wet exit.
  • Performing an assisted deep-water rescue.
  • Maintaining a heading for short distances without the use of a rudder.
  • Turning a kayak using forward and reverse sweep strokes.
Level 3 ()
You should be able to:
  • Perform the skills listed above.
  • Paddle 10 miles in a day.
  • Paddle in 10- to 15-knot winds and 2- to 3-foot waves.
Level 4 ()
You should be prepared to:
  • Perform the skills listed above.
  • Paddle 15-20 miles or more in a day.
  • Paddle in 15- to 20-knot winds and 3- to 6-foot waves.
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(617) 965-5110
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