Frequently asked questions

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    IS THERE ACTUALLY NAKED KAYAKING?
    NO! :) But our goal is to ‘Strip’ the Baggage of your Day to Day life by experiencing the natural beauty and freedom that we bring to you through our tours. We also hope that our name turns heads and helps you to remember and share with others so that we can bring this wonderful experience to as many people as possible.
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    DO THE KAYAKS FLIP?
    We provide you with top of the line 14 -17 foot touring kayaks that glide on the water, but with that you are sacrificing stability that you would normally get with smaller recreational kayaks. Flipping, although rare, does happen from time to time. Your guide is trained to get you back into your boat safely and without harm. If you are concerned about flipping, please consider using a tandem kayak, which is much harder to flip. Always ensure that the waterproof covers on the dry holes are snug and securely fastened to avoid losing your valuables if you do flip!
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    DO YOU HAVE A WEIGHT LIMIT? I’M CONCERNED I WON’T FIT IN THE KAYAK.
    We don’t have a set weight limit because fitting in a kayak has more to do with your body shape than your weight. Similarly, being able to handle the full-day tour has more to do with your athletic ability and upper body strength than your weight. In fact, smaller guests with little arm strength might have more of a challenge than large guests with good upper body strength. If you have a pear-shaped body (upward triangle), we generally find that the upper weight limit for a guest to safely paddle a kayak is around 250 lbs. If you have a rectangular body shape or an apple body shape (downward triangle), we generally find that the upper weight limit for a guest to safely paddle a kayak is around 280 lbs. If you are concerned, please let us know and we will discretely help you make your go or no-go decision - we also have a variety of Kayaks, so if available we have a few that will accommodate a larger person. all.
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    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    During the summer months it is going to be HOT, but don’t worry you have a river that is 54 degrees to cool you down! You are going to want to wear clothes that dry easily and please stay away from cotton. It is always advisable to dress in layers so that you can take off or keep on depending on the weather. Hat, sunglasses and water shoes are always a good choice! DO NOT wear flip-flops!
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    SHOULD I DO THE FULL-DAY TOUR OR THE HALF-DAY TOUR?
    The full day tour is simply amazing. It may well be a once in a lifetime paddle. However, although the river is not technically difficult, there is often an upstream breeze that makes paddling a good workout. Remember, the Colorado River at this point is also known as Upper Mojave Lake because there is a dam at both ends. This means that, unless there is a water release from the dam, there is no downstream flow to help you paddle. So, the full-day tour is going to be a 6-7 hour, 13-mile paddle, often against a prevailing wind. It is an aerobic workout. Beginner paddlers ought to consider the half-day tour first, as should anyone who is in doubt about their athletic ability. The half-day tour is a round trip, so if you encounter any difficulty, one of our guides can always turn around early with you and help you out. However, the full-day tour is a one-way trip and there is no going back. The put-in for the full-day tour is access controlled by Homeland Security. We are required to move away from the launch site and continue downstream. There are no easy exits. Once you start, you must continue, so please be confident of your athletic ability before you book the full-day tour. The half-day tour is a fun 3 hour paddle that gives you a great taste of the Black Canyon and includes many of the highlights of the full-day tour including the Emerald Cave and many historic sites. The half-day tour is also suitable for younger guests. Once again, if you are in any way concerned about your athletic ability, please choose the half-day tour.
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    I CANNOT SWIM, SHOULD I GO?
    If you are willing to face your fears of the water, we are willing to take you. It is law enforced by the National Park Rangers to be wearing your life jacket when on the water at all times. In fact you would be fined $200 if you are not wearing it. So those who cannot swim will have no problem on this kayak trip!
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    WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF FOOTWEAR?
    You will definitely be getting your feet wet on this tour! Closed-toe water shoes are highly recommended. The rocks can be sharp and slippery on some of the short hikes that we will take you on - so make sure your footwear has good padding. Try not to wear flip-flops or sandals - old sneakers work well. If water shoes just won’t fit in your suitcase, email or call us and we will bring your size for purchase.
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    ARE WE GOING TO SEE WILDLIFE?
    Highly likely, however we are in the “wild,” and therefore that depends on what the animals are up to that day. There are many species that we will be keeping our eyes out for such as Bighorn sheep grazing on Tamarisk and drinking from the river, or a bald eagle soaring above the River looking for fish. Some days we even see Red Eared Sliders (turtles) basking in the sun on small branches close to the water. Although rare to see, we have rattlesnakes - so when hiking keep your eyes and ears open.