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INFO: HERE'S WHERE YOU CAN FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR SEA KAYAK TOUR…

It is impossible to exaggerate how important it is to choose the right kind of kayak tour or course. One important factor here is making an accurate assessment of whether the level of the kayak tour you are looking at suits your current level of experience. Another thing to think about is whether a sea kayak tour or a course would be best for you. What's your priority? Messing around or long-distance paddling? Camping, bivouacking or staying in holiday accommodation?

Before booking and paddling with us, you will need to get an idea about how we do things and what a MORYAK programme usually looks like. For instance, what is included in a sea kayaking tour and what isn't? What can you expect from us and what can we expect from you?

This is where you can find out...

It is impossible to exaggerate how important it is to choose the right kind of kayak tour or course. One important factor here is making an accurate assessment of whether the level of the kayak tour you are looking at suits your current level of experience. Another thing to think about is whether a sea kayak tour or a course would be best for you. What's your priority? Messing around or long-distance paddling? Camping, bivouacking or staying in holiday accommodation?

Before booking and paddling with us, you will need to get an idea about how we do things and what a MORYAK programme usually looks like. For instance, what is included in a sea kayaking tour and what isn't? What can you expect from us and what can we expect from you?

This is where you can find out...

  • What is the difference between "Trips & Expeditions" und "Courses"?
    At Moryak you will find:

    ++ Tours of the most beautiful areas of Europe as well as of far-flung destinations, with no explicit teaching or coaching elements ++
    ++ Courses in Switzerland where you will learn about everything that has to do with sea kayaking ++
    ++ Holiday courses and course camps, or whatever you want to call them: one-week courses in Europe surrounded by the most beautiful holiday scenery! ++

    We have divided all of this into two categories:

    ++ In the “Trips & Expeditions” category, you'll find everything to do with travelling, whether it's “just paddling” or a course. ++
    ++ Under "Courses", you'll find offers with specific educational content, whether in Switzerland or abroad ++


  • What is included in our prices?

    With Moryak the following things are usually included:

    ++ Professional tour or course guides ++

    Our guides are all experienced, trained and certified to the highest international standards. In order to be able to keep our licences, we are all required to regularly update our wilderness first aid skills.

    ++ High-quality boats and kit ++

    In contrast to others who offer similar programmes, MORYAK puts a strong emphasis on equipment of the highest quality. Our own love of paddling means that we would be incapable of wedging you into some ancient, poorly equipped plastic boat with a heavy aluminium paddle that we just found lying around. At MORYAK, we only use the best quality kit; equipment that we like to use ourselves, and which you will also enjoy using.

    ++ Well-cared-for, thoroughly cleaned and hygienic gear ++

    Besides the obligatory life vest and spray deck, we'll also provide you with neoprene long johns, neoprene shoes and a light paddling jacket. It goes without saying that this clothing will be undamaged, clean and hygienic. 

    ++ Professional and reliable safety equipment ++

    For all tours and courses which take place out on the sea, we always have a large professional first aid kit with us and extensive safety equipment of the standard recommended by ISKGA.
  • What is not included

    This is not included in our prices:

    ++ The journey to and from the destination ++

    We are not a package tour company and we do not have a licence to provide people with transport on a commercial basis. Nor are we too keen on this kind of thing either! (see the box on package tours). 

    ++ Food, cooking and service from dawn till dusk etc. ++

    In order to be able to do the best job possible out on the water and ensure your safety, our guides really need their breaks. Just as we all like to eat and have a good time, we at MORYAK are all pretty good at cooking, and we enjoy doing it too, but it's something we do in our free time, after the tour – and it's something we do together with you.

    ++ Accommodation ++

    See Infobox "No package tours – real adventures"
  • No package tours – real adventures

    No package tours – what does this mean? 


    MORYAK runs kayak tours and courses for adventurers and individualists with team spirit – NOT package tours.  This means that our guides will always do everything they can to make sure you have an unforgettable experience – in the most positive sense of that phrase – both out on the water and on dry land. Nevertheless, we also assume that, one way of the other, you will play an active role within the group, because you know that everyone, including you, will benefit from this. Long years of experience have shown us that most paddlers are very socially minded and so there are usually no problems at all. No package tours also means that transport to and from our tour and course locations is something which participants will need to sort out for themselves. Equally, accommodation and food are also not included in the service we provide. Campsites and holiday accommodation are billed separately with local providers, whilst those of us participating in group cooking fund their habit by paying into a kitty. We are legally required to do things in this way, as well as to declare that this is the case. And we stick to all of it too.

  • What is the difference between "Trips & Expeditions" und "Courses"?
    At Moryak you will find:

    ++ Tours of the most beautiful areas of Europe as well as of far-flung destinations, with no explicit teaching or coaching elements ++
    ++ Courses in Switzerland where you will learn about everything that has to do with sea kayaking ++
    ++ Holiday courses and course camps, or whatever you want to call them: one-week courses in Europe surrounded by the most beautiful holiday scenery! ++

    We have divided all of this into two categories:

    ++ In the “Trips & Expeditions” category, you'll find everything to do with travelling, whether it's “just paddling” or a course. ++
    ++ Under "Courses", you'll find offers with specific educational content, whether in Switzerland or abroad ++


  • What is included in our prices?

    With Moryak the following things are usually included:

    ++ Professional tour or course guides ++

    Our guides are all experienced, trained and certified to the highest international standards. In order to be able to keep our licences, we are all required to regularly update our wilderness first aid skills.

    ++ High-quality boats and kit ++

    In contrast to others who offer similar programmes, MORYAK puts a strong emphasis on equipment of the highest quality. Our own love of paddling means that we would be incapable of wedging you into some ancient, poorly equipped plastic boat with a heavy aluminium paddle that we just found lying around. At MORYAK, we only use the best quality kit; equipment that we like to use ourselves, and which you will also enjoy using.

    ++ Well-cared-for, thoroughly cleaned and hygienic gear ++

    Besides the obligatory life vest and spray deck, we'll also provide you with neoprene long johns, neoprene shoes and a light paddling jacket. It goes without saying that this clothing will be undamaged, clean and hygienic. 

    ++ Professional and reliable safety equipment ++

    For all tours and courses which take place out on the sea, we always have a large professional first aid kit with us and extensive safety equipment of the standard recommended by ISKGA.
  • What is not included

    This is not included in our prices:

    ++ The journey to and from the destination ++

    We are not a package tour company and we do not have a licence to provide people with transport on a commercial basis. Nor are we too keen on this kind of thing either! (see the box on package tours). 

    ++ Food, cooking and service from dawn till dusk etc. ++

    In order to be able to do the best job possible out on the water and ensure your safety, our guides really need their breaks. Just as we all like to eat and have a good time, we at MORYAK are all pretty good at cooking, and we enjoy doing it too, but it's something we do in our free time, after the tour – and it's something we do together with you.

    ++ Accommodation ++

    See Infobox "No package tours – real adventures"
  • No package tours – real adventures

    No package tours – what does this mean? 


    MORYAK runs kayak tours and courses for adventurers and individualists with team spirit – NOT package tours.  This means that our guides will always do everything they can to make sure you have an unforgettable experience – in the most positive sense of that phrase – both out on the water and on dry land. Nevertheless, we also assume that, one way of the other, you will play an active role within the group, because you know that everyone, including you, will benefit from this. Long years of experience have shown us that most paddlers are very socially minded and so there are usually no problems at all. No package tours also means that transport to and from our tour and course locations is something which participants will need to sort out for themselves. Equally, accommodation and food are also not included in the service we provide. Campsites and holiday accommodation are billed separately with local providers, whilst those of us participating in group cooking fund their habit by paying into a kitty. We are legally required to do things in this way, as well as to declare that this is the case. And we stick to all of it too.

 

HERE'S WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE RIGHT LEVEL FOR YOU:

BLUE… GREEN… RED… BLACK – WHAT IS MY LEVEL?

 

LEVEL BLUE: THE RIGHT WAY TO GET STARTED

  • Your profile:
    You can swim, you don't feel panicky when you are in the water, but you've never sat in a kayak. More than anything else, you're interested in trying something new and learning!
  • We recommend:
    It's time to book a basic course! Whether this takes place in the context of a one day compact course, a weekend course, or one of our beginners' camps. You will be diving (sometimes literally) into the watery world of kayaking, and will start laying the foundations for a fantastic new hobby.
  • Your development:
    At this level, you will be learning the basic strokes and manoeuvres. You'll be practising self and partner rescues and you'll learn everything you need to know in order to go on your first kayak tours on flat water.

LEVEL GREEN: BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS

  • Your profile:
    You have already done a basic course and you feel quite comfortable out on the lake in calm conditions. You don't need to have the most important paddle strokes explained to you any more, and the same goes for dealing with the spray deck – but of course there is plenty to do in terms of refining your technique, practising rescues and how to use safety equipment, and lots more experience to accumulate, as well as additional knowledge. And, of course, you definitely want to be out on the sea now!
  • We recommend:
    Expand your horizons – Greenland paddling, river tours, expedition skills, winter paddling, safety training… and come with us on the Elba training camp and other “green” camps and holiday tours!
  • Your development:
    At this level, you will gradually be becoming more confident and gathering a whole lot of experience which will serve as your “entry ticket” to the next level. The most important step at this level is, of course, the transition from freshwater to saltwater. You'll start to get to know the waves, and you'll feel comfortable in winds of up to 10 knots (Beaufort force 3).

LEVEL RED: IN YOUR ELEMENT

  • Your profile:
    You are well on the way to becoming a real sea dog. Maybe you already know how to roll (or you're working on it), but whatever the case, you feel confident being out in the boat in moderate conditions and enjoy the experience. You are fit enough to tow a tired or injured fellow paddler and can implement instructions given by your guide.
  • We recommend:
    Holiday tours where there may be the occasional wave or two and sections where it is not easy to land, maybe with a loaded boat and camping equipment, or great day trips with plenty of opportunities to mess around.
  • Your development:
    At this level, you will be advancing from Beaufort force 3 to force 4 and refining your paddling technique whilst rockhopping or surfing in waves of up to a metre in height. You'll also be practising rescues under realistic conditions. Also, it's high time you started to experience your first tide races and some more ambitious crossings! You're starting to become a competent paddler and you enrich every trip, not only with your personality, but also with your experience.

LEVEL BLACK: SALTWATER RUNS IN YOUR VEINS

  • Your profile:
    Tide races, swell and surf are no longer something that you just have to “survive” – they make life interesting! And now you're looking for more! You are confident in your boat, even when the water is choppy. If, despite this, you end up capsizing, you know what to do, and it usually works. You not only pay attention to yourself, but also to your fellow paddlers, and you are able to help them if they run into problems.
  • We recommend:
    Join in with everything which will further refine your technique, your reactions, and your feel for the boat. This could mean surfing in the waves of the Atlantic, kayaking in the tide race, or trying out a bit of whitewater kayaking! You definitely need to further train your rescue skills; a paddler with your level of experience is an important member of any group, and automatically ends up having a greater degree of responsibility.
  • Your development:
    At this level, you solidify your abilities in difficult conditions. You take on responsibility, not just for yourself, but for your fellow paddlers too, and you gather experience which will be incredibly useful in situations of uncertainty.

LEVEL BLUE: THE RIGHT WAY TO GET STARTED

  • Your profile:
    You can swim, you don't feel panicky when you are in the water, but you've never sat in a kayak. More than anything else, you're interested in trying something new and learning!
  • We recommend:
    It's time to book a basic course! Whether this takes place in the context of a one day compact course, a weekend course, or one of our beginners' camps. You will be diving (sometimes literally) into the watery world of kayaking, and will start laying the foundations for a fantastic new hobby.
  • Your development:
    At this level, you will be learning the basic strokes and manoeuvres. You'll be practising self and partner rescues and you'll learn everything you need to know in order to go on your first kayak tours on flat water.

LEVEL GREEN: BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS

  • Your profile:
    You have already done a basic course and you feel quite comfortable out on the lake in calm conditions. You don't need to have the most important paddle strokes explained to you any more, and the same goes for dealing with the spray deck – but of course there is plenty to do in terms of refining your technique, practising rescues and how to use safety equipment, and lots more experience to accumulate, as well as additional knowledge. And, of course, you definitely want to be out on the sea now!
  • We recommend:
    Expand your horizons – Greenland paddling, river tours, expedition skills, winter paddling, safety training… and come with us on the Elba training camp and other “green” camps and holiday tours!
  • Your development:
    At this level, you will gradually be becoming more confident and gathering a whole lot of experience which will serve as your “entry ticket” to the next level. The most important step at this level is, of course, the transition from freshwater to saltwater. You'll start to get to know the waves, and you'll feel comfortable in winds of up to 10 knots (Beaufort force 3).

LEVEL RED: IN YOUR ELEMENT

  • Your profile:
    You are well on the way to becoming a real sea dog. Maybe you already know how to roll (or you're working on it), but whatever the case, you feel confident being out in the boat in moderate conditions and enjoy the experience. You are fit enough to tow a tired or injured fellow paddler and can implement instructions given by your guide.
  • We recommend:
    Holiday tours where there may be the occasional wave or two and sections where it is not easy to land, maybe with a loaded boat and camping equipment, or great day trips with plenty of opportunities to mess around.
  • Your development:
    At this level, you will be advancing from Beaufort force 3 to force 4 and refining your paddling technique whilst rockhopping or surfing in waves of up to a metre in height. You'll also be practising rescues under realistic conditions. Also, it's high time you started to experience your first tide races and some more ambitious crossings! You're starting to become a competent paddler and you enrich every trip, not only with your personality, but also with your experience.

LEVEL BLACK: SALTWATER RUNS IN YOUR VEINS

  • Your profile:
    Tide races, swell and surf are no longer something that you just have to “survive” – they make life interesting! And now you're looking for more! You are confident in your boat, even when the water is choppy. If, despite this, you end up capsizing, you know what to do, and it usually works. You not only pay attention to yourself, but also to your fellow paddlers, and you are able to help them if they run into problems.
  • We recommend:
    Join in with everything which will further refine your technique, your reactions, and your feel for the boat. This could mean surfing in the waves of the Atlantic, kayaking in the tide race, or trying out a bit of whitewater kayaking! You definitely need to further train your rescue skills; a paddler with your level of experience is an important member of any group, and automatically ends up having a greater degree of responsibility.
  • Your development:
    At this level, you solidify your abilities in difficult conditions. You take on responsibility, not just for yourself, but for your fellow paddlers too, and you gather experience which will be incredibly useful in situations of uncertainty.

AT LEAST AS IMPORTANT: THE RIGHT TOUR CHARACTER

 
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FIND THE TOUR THAT'S JUST THE THING FOR YOU

OUR SYMBOLS WILL HELP YOU

Holiday accommodation with a swimming pool or a bivouac bag? It's not just the level of experience that is important – the “other stuff” also matters! This means that you definitely need to make sure that you know what the character and focus of a programme is before you make your choice! Of course, a camping or bivouacking tour where you have everything in your boat has a totally different feel to a programme with a fixed base camp and day-trips to the nicest local playing-spots. Our system of symbols, based on four icons, should help you to easily get a quick overview of the most important factors when it comes to the character of a tour.
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  • The Bear Factor

    The bear stands for adventure, wilderness and that expedition feeling. Comfort, restaurants and a hot shower in the evening are not so important to you. Because you know that the greatest luxury is freedom and a campfire under a starry sky.

    Nevertheless, you are prepared to weather the elements and Neptune's unpredictability, and you can put up with the cold, mosquitoes, simple food, and the odd night spent on a rock in a bivouac sack.

  • Examples

    ++ One bear: Definitely no wilderness camping. In the evenings you'll be back at base camp or in a holiday home ++

    ++ Three bears: Camping and bivouacking in lonely bays under a starry sky are definitely part of it – but we never quite abandon “civilisation” ++

    ++ Five bears: The real thing – wilderness and the spirit of adventure. Desks and under-floor heating are a world away ++

  • Super "bear tours"
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  • The Dumbbell Factor
    The dumbbell means fitness, of course. Whether the water is still or moving, this one's about the physical requirements of a tour, especially endurance.

    Are you more of a sporty kind of character who loves challenges? Someone who, when others are starting to tire, feels like they've only just got warmed up? Committing to ambitious paddling objectives doesn't scare you off, and you love it when, in the evening, you can feel the effects of the day's paddling on your body... sounds like you would enjoy a “five dumbbell tour”!
  • Examples
    ++ One dumbbell: when it's over, seasoned long-distance paddlers will have the feeling that they haven't even got started ++

    ++ Three dumbbells: Well-suited to most people with a standard level of fitness. Long-distance paddlers will also be able to get into the flow ++

    ++ Five dumbbells: Only suitable for those who are fit and who are keen on making good progress over longer distances. And then the same again the next day… ++
  • Super "dumbbell tours"
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Holiday accommodation with a swimming pool or a bivouac bag? It's not just the level of experience that is important – the “other stuff” also matters! This means that you definitely need to make sure that you know what the character and focus of a programme is before you make your choice! Of course, a camping or bivouacking tour where you have everything in your boat has a totally different feel to a programme with a fixed base camp and day-trips to the nicest local playing-spots. Our system of symbols, based on four icons, should help you to easily get a quick overview of the most important factors when it comes to the character of a tour.
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  • The Bear Factor

    The bear stands for adventure, wilderness and that expedition feeling. Comfort, restaurants and a hot shower in the evening are not so important to you. Because you know that the greatest luxury is freedom and a campfire under a starry sky.

    Nevertheless, you are prepared to weather the elements and Neptune's unpredictability, and you can put up with the cold, mosquitoes, simple food, and the odd night spent on a rock in a bivouac sack.

  • Examples

    ++ One bear: Definitely no wilderness camping. In the evenings you'll be back at base camp or in a holiday home ++

    ++ Three bears: Camping and bivouacking in lonely bays under a starry sky are definitely part of it – but we never quite abandon “civilisation” ++

    ++ Five bears: The real thing – wilderness and the spirit of adventure. Desks and under-floor heating are a world away ++

  • Super "bear tours"
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  • The Dumbbell Factor
    The dumbbell means fitness, of course. Whether the water is still or moving, this one's about the physical requirements of a tour, especially endurance.

    Are you more of a sporty kind of character who loves challenges? Someone who, when others are starting to tire, feels like they've only just got warmed up? Committing to ambitious paddling objectives doesn't scare you off, and you love it when, in the evening, you can feel the effects of the day's paddling on your body... sounds like you would enjoy a “five dumbbell tour”!
  • Examples
    ++ One dumbbell: when it's over, seasoned long-distance paddlers will have the feeling that they haven't even got started ++

    ++ Three dumbbells: Well-suited to most people with a standard level of fitness. Long-distance paddlers will also be able to get into the flow ++

    ++ Five dumbbells: Only suitable for those who are fit and who are keen on making good progress over longer distances. And then the same again the next day… ++
  • Super "dumbbell tours"
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