Required skills

Kayaking in Venice requires some basic skills to be done safely.

We recommend that you chose the shorter half day tours if you have little kayaking experience.

Kayaking experience

Man in the waves in Bacino San Marco, almost taking off (press photo)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.

Swimming skills

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.