1 Your Safety
From a safety point of view it’s important to make sure your hire providers are qualified and experienced enough to give you the right equipment, instruction and safety guidelines. They should also provide you with full safety back-up should you need it.
2 Your Comfort
Some kayaks are hired out without proper seats or back rests. These can become uncomfortable and give you a poor experience. Expert providers will have well equipped boats with all the required accessories for your comfort and safety.
Kayaks are heavy so it’s best to choose a location where no carrying of equipment is necessary. There are three areas of Windermere which tend to be a lot quieter and calmer than the more open / exposed areas. Good access to these areas can be gained from Fell Foot, Ferry Nab and Waterhead.
4 No time specifications
Choose a hire company that can offer you the flexibility of a short or longer outing depending on how you feel. This way you will have as long as you need and you won’t feel under pressure to be on the water for longer than you are comfortable with.
5 As a group or SOLO?
Going out on your own is fine and being on the water as a group can be great fun. Some companies also offer the opportunity to join a guided tour with other like minded people and a fully trained guide. This way you can share the experience with the company of others.
6 Quick and easy to organise
Booking on-line is easy and good companies will offer you alternative dates or a full refund if the weather turns out to be really poor on the day - make sure you read all the terms and conditions at time of booking. On the day you just turn up wearing appropriate clothing and follow any instructions given until you are on the water and on your way.
Total Adventure hire single and double sit on top kayaks from 3 different lakeshore locations on Windermere. Standard hire rates for Kayaks are £22 for a single and £25 for a double for up to 3 hours. You can also hire Stand Up Paddleboards from the same locations. 45 minute Taster Sessions are also available at some locations at a reduced cost. Go to www.total-adventure.co.uk for booking information.