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Find Answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions about Venice Kayak & the Lagoon of Venice

No, Venice Kayak supplies all basic kayaking equipment.
This includes kayaks, paddles, spray decks, life vest (PFD), paddling jackets and dry bags for the things you want to bring along, and insurance.

Yes, children from 8 years are welcome on our tours. All minors must paddle in a double kayak together with a parent or guardian.

More info on children & minors

Venice Kayak offers tours for a minimum of two persons. Single travellers can, however, join already confirmed tours, that is, tours where others have already signed up, so the group size is two or more.

The price per person is the same for single travellers as for everybody else. The only change is the limited choice of tours.

Single travellers are welcome to send in requests for all tours, however, our acceptance of the booking depends on others signing up for the tours too, so the minimum group size of two is reached.

You should bring sports clothes and shoes suitable for paddling, a change of clothes for afterwards, and protective items for outdoor activities, such as sunscreen, a hat and sun glasses.
Clothing should be synthetic or woollen. Do not use cotton garments while paddling, as cotton will feel very cold when wet.

Food and drink is not included in the tours, but can be purchased before or during the tour.

We recommend that you always bring a bottle of water on the tours. Water and snacks can be bought in the bar on the Certosa island.

Full day tours in Venice and the lagoon have a lunch break included. We usually have lunch  somewhere economic, where a meal is €10-15 per person. You can also bring your own lunch.

All Venice Kayak trips start from the Certosa island where we meet in the hotel bar. If you come early, that is a nice place for a cup of coffee.

There is a restaurant on the Certosa island which serves both lunch and dinner. You can reserve a table in the bar before the kayaking tour, and have your lunch or dinner there immediately after the tour.

Prior paddling or rowing experience is a must on our tours.

We expect you to have basic paddling skills. This can be in a kayak, canoe or other small paddled or rowed boat. You should at the very least have tried kayaking or canoeing before a few times.

Those who lack this experience can still go in a double kayak with somebody more experienced.

Our tours start in a sheltered marina where we’ll give you a bit of instructions in how to turn sharp corners, stop the boat, go backwards and the like.

During the tours we’ll usually encounter waves of one foot (30cm) and a good deal of other boating traffic.

In a kayak you’re sitting at waters edge, so it is essential that you all feel safe close to water and to know how to swim. It is almost impossible not to get at least your hands wet.

While capsizes aren’t common on our tours, they can happen, and in that case it is important not to panic, and either hold on to the kayak or swim to the nearest shore.

You should all be reasonably fit for the tour you want to do.

Yes, we have both single and double kayaks.

Children can participate in kayaking tours organised by Venice Kayak.

All children in a group must be at least 8 years old and weight at least 30kg. They should know how to swim and not be afraid of water.

Children and minors (under 18 years of age) can participate in the tours only if they go in a double kayak with a parent or a guardian.

Families with more children than adults can only be accommodated if we have free guides available to carry the remaining children. In this case please book as early as possible so we can allocated the necessary guides to the tour.

Venice Kayak offers a 33% discount for minors in a double kayak with a parent or guardian.

For tours in the lagoon (as opposed to Venice city) children of 14 years and older can go in single kayaks, if they have prior kayaking experience.

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