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Kayaking Adventures FAQ’s

WHAT’S INCLUDED? Gylly Adventures will provide all the equipment needed for your activity. (e.g. kayaks, paddles, SUPs). This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets when appropriate. A friendly instructor plus all other safety equipment is also included.

CAN I WEAR MY OWN WETSUIT? Yes. However, we recommend a full-length wetsuit. Shorty wetsuits are okay only on very warm days.

DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE? We will do are best to cater last minute bookings however to guarantee availability and avoid disappointment booking in advance is strongly recommended. Where possible booking online is best. The Activity FAQ’s on the website provide all the information you need.

HOW LONG IS THE TOUR? All Kayak tours are approximately 2 hours on the water. The Invoice/ booking times indicates your arrival and approximate departure time.

WHAT TIME DO THE TOURS START? This can vary. Click on the book now button to see available time slots. The booking times indicates your arrival and approximate departure time.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE? Many families and groups with no prior experience successfully take part on our Adventures. However, a basic level of fitness is required, for each adventure you can expect to be active for approximately 2 hrs.  Consideration should be made if you are supporting a young child on a Double kayak. Participants should be comfortable to swim 50 meters unaided.

CAN I WATCH IF I AM NOT TAKING PART? Most of our Adventures follow the coast, therefore you can follow the groups progress walking along the coastal path.

WHAT TO BRING? Please bring any medication you require e.g., inhalers. Swimming Costume, Sun cream, Water Bottle, wetsuit boots and laced closed toe shoes you do not mind getting wet. Towel, Warm clothes to put on at the end. We recommend arriving with swimming costumes already on. This saves time getting ready, additionally we have no private changing facilities.

WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT? The weight limit for a double kayak is approximately 25st/160kg. Single kayaks 15st/95kg. If you think you are close to the weight limit, please let us know. We can rig a double kayak to be paddled as a single, so you can still enjoy the adventure.

WHAT IS THE MIN AGE? For ‘OPEN’ and night activities the minimum age is 12 yrs. For a ‘NEW GROUP’ kayak tour the minimum age is 7 yrs. Young children must be on a double kayak with an adult who can, if needed, paddle for them if they get tired.

CAN I WEAR GLASSES OR TAKE MY PHONE / CAMERA OUT WITH ME? We advise against it, but Yes. It is at your own risk. We have seen plenty of sunglasses and phones drown over the years.

ARE THERE CHANGING FACILITIES?

Gylly Beach Activities: There is an open Courtyard next to our base on the beach which provides a space for changing. There is also a large public toilet if more discretion is required. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There is also a freshwater shower by the Public Toilets however it is not warm! Your belongings will be kept safe in our containers while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we do not have any lockers therefore we recommend leaving valuables behind.

Charlestown Activities: There is plenty of open space to get change at our venue at Charlestown Harbour. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. Please note that the nearest public toilets (20 pence charge) are located at Charlestown Car Park.  Your belongings will be kept safe in our container while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we do not have any lockers therefore we recommend leaving valuables behind.

Greenbank Activities: There is plenty of open space to get changed at our venue at the Greenbank Gardens. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. Please note that the nearest public toilet is a 10-minute walk from the Gardens into Falmouth. There are toilets at the Working boat pub and Greenbank Hotel if open. Your belongings will be kept safe in our containers while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we do not have any lockers therefore we recommend leaving valuables behind.

Helford Activities: There are no changing facilities at this location. You will get changed in the open at the Bosveal National Trust Carpark. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There are toilets in Durgan village, we recommend that you visit the loo before arrival as we only go past these toilets once you are already changed. Belongings during the activity will be locked in the Gylly Adventures Van or your own Vehicles.

WHERE DO WE PARK AND MEET?

Gylly Beach Activities: Please meet us at our base on the left-hand side of Gylly Café as you look out to sea. There are lots of parking options near Gylly beach. There is a pay and display carpark in easy walking distance, as well as free residential parking if you are happy to walk a little further. Please note that parking directly opposite Gylly beach café is not permitted in summer months and is regularly patrolled by traffic wardens. Sat Nav postcode is TR114PA

Charlestown Activities: Please meet us at our base on the Eastern Wall of the outer harbor at Charlestown. If you approach from the Western side of the harbour you will need to cross the Harbour Gate bridge. Our base is in the small lean to building on the outer harbour below the round house. Kayaks and Paddleboard positioned on the harbour side should also be clear.  Sat Nav Postcode is PL25 3NH.

Greenbank Activities: Please meet us at our base on the Greenbank Gardens between the Greenbank Hotel and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Please note there is strictly no parking permitted on the pontoon carpark or on Greenbank Hotel property. If you are a guess staying at the hotel or have a meal reservation pre-booked, then parking onsite is permitted. Free residential parking is easily found around the Greenbank hotel on Stratton terrace and Dunstanville Terrace. Sat Nav Postcode is TR11 2SR.

Helford River Activities (Durgan): Please meet in the Bosveal National Trust carpark at the top of Durgen Village. The Car park has an All-day charge of £2 per vehicle and is free to National Trust members. Sat Nav postcode is TR115JR.

Do you cancel if it is raining? No

Booking Cancellation by you: If you cancel your booking more than 14 days before the activity session you are entitled to a full refund. If you cancel between 14 – 5 days before the activity session you are entitled to a full refund minus a 30% deposit. If you cancel within 5 days before the activity session you will receive no refund.

Booking Cancellation by Gylly Adventures (GA): If GA cancels a session due to the fault of GA, you will be offered a full refund. If we cancel due to bad weather (that would make it unsafe to run the session), we will first look to relocate the activity session to an alternative venue. If this is not possible, we will look to reschedule your activity for an alternative date. If this is also not possible then a full refund will be issued.

Booking Tip: If you are travelling to Cornwall and are only in Cornwall for a limited period. Please consider making your activity booking with Gylly Adventures near the beginning of your stay. This means in the event of poor weather disrupting your activity we have the greatest possible time to reschedule. Early booking also avoids disappointment.

What is Included?
Gylly Adventures will provide all the equipment needed for Kayaking, coasteering, Fishing, foraging and fire making. This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets (when appropriate) and an instructor plus all other safety equipment. For overnight activities Gylly will also provide cooking equipment and utensils but not food or the responsible of preparing food.

What happens in bad weather?
If we must cancel due to bad weather that would make it unsafe to run the session. We will first look to relocate to an alternative venue or offer an alternative activity. If this is not possible, we will offer you credit to the full value of the session or a refund minus the 30% deposit. We will still go ahead on grey overcast days, we will provide toasty wetsuits to keep you warm during the activities. GA will notify you of any venue or activity changes the day before.

What you will need to bring?
COASTAL EXPLORER: Any medication you require (e.g inhalers), Pack Lunch, Swimming Costume, Sun cream, Water Bottle, Towel, Shoes that can get wet, Warm clothes to put on at the end. Some adventures can include if requested, a stop at a café, Pub or Ice cream shop. So, bring a few pound coins if you want any refreshments.

COASTAL EXPLORER (WILD CAMP):
Individual: Any medication you require (e.g inhalers), Swimming Costume, Sun cream, Water Bottle, Towel, Shoes that can get wet, Full set of spare clothes appropriate for the weather, 2x Large waterproof liners, Sleeping bag, Travel Towel, very basic wash kit and a head touch.Some adventures can include if requested, a stop at a café, Pub or Ice cream shop. So, bring a few pound coins if you want any refreshments.
Group: Tents, Food cook able on a camping stove for 1 Lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast.

Are there Changing Facilities?
GYLLY BEACH: There is an open Courtyard next to our base on the beach which provides a space for changing. There is also a large public toilet if more discretion is required. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There is also a freshwater shower by the Public Toilets however it is not warm! Your belongings will be kept safe in our containers while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we don’t have any lockers at Gylly.
WILD CAMP: At the Camping Location there are no facilities. It real is wild Camping.

Coastal Explorer Timings?

COASTAL EXPLORER

Arrive Adventure Starts Adventure Finishes Depart
10.30am 10.45am 4.15pm 4.30pm

COASTAL EXPLORER (WILD CAMP)

Arrive Adventure Starts Adventure Finishes Depart
10.30am 10.45am 10.15 (The Following Day) 10.30am (The Following Day)

REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS