NONE!!! Every Wild Heart Adventures expedition is designed to be enjoyed by people of any level of experience. Many of our trips are made up entirely of people who are in a kayak for the first time with some trips having folks with a wee bit of paddling experience. Having a positive attitude and and the desire to enjoy yourself will go a long way.
In our 30th year of operations, no one has ever sustained a serious injury on any expedition. Our primary concern is for your safety and we will never compromise that position. We provide you with the best equipment available and what we believe to be the best guides in the industry. Our guides are all certified in Wilderness First Aid techniques and re-certify their CPR tickets yearly. Ultimately your guides make decisions with your comfort and safety in mind. We must stress that listening carefully to instructions and directions given by your guides is your responsibility and in the best interests of yourself and the group. While we are out on the water, it is of the utmost importance that the group sticks together. We always travel as a group and most activities are partaken by the entire group, but there is still ample time for private exploration once we reach camp. All guides are equipped with a VHF marine radio for logistic and emergency transmissions.
The summer weather on the northwest coast is very pleasant with warm, sunny days and cool nights. We plan our expeditions to coincide with the best possible weather conditions in the area. We believe in staying warm and dry and will always strive to keep you smiling (Please note that although uncommon, it does rain on the west coast during the summer months and expecting some precipitation should be considered in your planning). Most people can spend hours in a kayak without becoming uncomfortable, and we take frequent breaks to rest and explore the ever-changing coastline. We have very few mosquitoes in our area (no promises though!) but do recommend “bug juice” (I’m the world’s biggest wimp when it comes to mosquitoes).
“I never eat this well at home!” is a typical comment on our expeditions. Delicious, healthy food, and plenty of it, is an integral part of any Wild Heart Adventure. All our guides take great pride in preparing gourmet meals from a variety of international cuisines and whenever possible, we attempt to supplement our meals with fresh fish and other shellfish/seafood and wild berries.
A primary goal of every Wild Heart Adventure is to allow us to make contact with some of the most remarkable animals on the earth, in a way that does not impose on their lives. We strongly recommend that you bring more film than you think you’ll need (don’t forget your camera!). If you have an expensive camera with lenses, etc., a “Pelican Box” or other type of sealed carrier/dry bag is highly recommended. We take no responsibility for damaged personal equipment.
Of course not! Our expeditions are not meant to be strenuous but if a wind should be blowing the wrong way, or we can’t catch a “co-operative” tide, good general physical condition will go a long way in ensuring you have a more enjoyable experience. You need not be a strong, athletic person, but you must be physically capable of moderate exercise for a few hours each day. What is more important is that you bring along a positive, adventurous spirit.
Wild Heart Adventures is committed to the spirit of adventure. To quote Lancelot Law Whyte, a Scottish Physicist (1896-1972):
“Much of our failure to understand human nature arises from neglect of this need to have our faculties excited and our lives thereby enhanced. The human animal cannot be itself without this exciting enhancement. Excitement is not merely good; it is indispensable to a proper human life.”