Paddle into Spring!

With the weather warming up we are looking forward to some awesome times on the water together. Take a look at our tours on offer below, as well as our awesome Kayaking101 course!

We look forward to seeing you on the water. Contact Tracy to Book: 0711743099

Sat 2 – 9am FULL
Fri 15 – 9am
Sat 16 – 9am FULL

Sat 10 – 9am
Sun 17 – 9am
Sat 23 – 9am
Sun 24 – 9am

Sun 3 – 9am
Fri 29 – 6pm

Then do remember our awesome KAYAKING 101 course! A must if you are spending time on the ocean!

August Activities with Paddle Experience

We are looking forward to a great time on the water this month! Here are our upcoming tours:
SAT 12 – Penguin Tour in Simon’s Town R375pp
SUN 13 – Penguin Tour in Simon’s Town R375pp
SAT 19 – Zandvlei Estuary, Birding trip R375pp (FULL)
SUN 20 – Roman Rock Lighthouse R375pp (only 5 spaces left)
SAT 26 – Penguin Tour in Simon’s Town R375pp (FULL)
SUN 27 – Long Beach to Muizenberg (and back) R550pp (6 spaces left)

0711743099 to book!


With the weather cooling down, and Cape Town heading to its secret season we look to how to dress so that you can still enjoy the gorgeous paddling days ahead.


An added extra in winter itself is of course neoprene booties too!! Keep those extremities warm!

When we head out in the colder months we always layer up – then you can add and subtract as you need to. Remember the good old quote from Alfred Wainwright — ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.’ Make sure that you are prepared for the worst, and you will have the best possible time on the water.

See you out there!


When you run trips out on the ocean there are a number of conditions that occur that can be cause for caution. One of these, especially when you are paddling on the Atlantic side is FOG.

We arrived for a 9.15 paddle yesterday morning to beautiful sunshine and only a very light breeze. Within the 15 minutes of signing in and setting up the weather had flipped entirely as the fog descended rapidly. We obviously chose to stay on shore and opted to have coffee while we waited for the fog to lift.

IMAGES: Amy Carrington (These images are taken 15 minutes apart!)

But it got me thinking about the times I have got lost in the fog and what I would do if I got lost again.

Naturally if one notices the fog approaching then the best thing to do is get off the water as fast as possible, not being able to see your landing site, or other boats on the water, nor navigate clearly to shore is not a position you want to be in if you can help it – it is easier to go in the wrong direction than you might think – and personally I wouldn’t like to land in the shipping lane, or on Robben Island!! In those times don’t be fussy about getting back to your particular launch site, just find a safe area to get off the water and make for it as fast as possible.

The question remains; what if you do not manage to get off the water in time? The first thing I would do is make sure that everyone in the party is as warmly dressed as possible. Fog is chilly by nature and having paddlers cold and lost can lead to a rapid sense of humor failure. Before setting off again, tie all the boats together – nose to tail with a leader in the front and the appointed leader at the back of the train of kayaks. Nothing is worse than loosing a mate in the fog. The next thing I would do is get one of the paddlers to blow the whistle every 2 minutes or so. Kayakers in the fog have a very real possibility of getting run over by other craft that are lost and without AIS there is no telling where they are and likewise they cannot see you. A whistle also alerts other kayaks in the area that you are near and may help them locate your group and band together.

A lot of paddlers now paddle with their cell phones, and just switching on Google Maps will give you a really good indication of where your group is relative to the shoreline and a safe point of exit. Trust Google Maps over your sense of direction. One of your paddlers may have a Garmin watch and a number of them have a ‘return to home’ function which works exceptionally well.

The NSRI app, Safetrx, also has an Explorer icon on the first screen that will pin point your position within seconds and is great for navigating in the fog. Just remember to switch the map over to SAT view for a realistic view of the coastline. The big advantage of using the Safetrx app is that if anything else goes wrong one can quickly call for help. The golden rule for assistance is Call for help EARLY (if you think things may go wrong call for help) The NSRI needs time to launch their craft before they can come and find you.

Once you have an idea of which direction you need to head start paddling slowly and carefully listening out for other whistles, calls for help and oncoming motor boats!

IMAGE: Derek Goldman

Spring into September with Paddle Experience

I always get so excited when I sit and work on the calendar for the upcoming month, we hope that you like what you see! There is just so much to choose from that it is hard to pick…

This month we have added in POP-UP PADDLES on Wednesdays! Chat to us about where you want to go, and we will do our best to make it happen.

Get fit before we head into summer with PADDLE FIT: Join monthly and enjoy this awesome community of paddlers.

We look forward to paddling into Spring with you.
BOOKINGS: Tracy 0711743099 or

Kayak Fun this May

Pick your kayak adventure this May!

  • A Tour – Hout Bay and its seals / the penguins in Simon’s Town / Birding Tour on the Zandvlei Estuary – You can even make a special request, and we will make it happen for you.
  • A Paddle Fit session
  • Junior Canoe Polo

Contact Tracy to book or find out more: 0711743099

Mocke Paddling Products now IN STOCK

We are super excited to be stocking Mocke Paddling products!
PFD’s (Personal Floatation Devices) starting from R1750
Calf Leashes R595
Paddle Leashes R135
Cellphone Drybags R450
Tail Flag R165
Gust Paddle Jacket R1800

All in stock!
Contact Tracy 0711743099 to get yours!

Scupper 14 Review

The stats quickly:

Length:            429 CM / 14’1”
Width:              65 CM / 25.5”
Deck Height:    34 CM / 13.5”
Weight:             29 Kg / 64 lbs.
Max Capacity:  177 Kg / 390 lbs.

Brief into:

We were really keen to demo this kayak because it would be our first experience of an international kayak so to speak. The Scupper 14 comes from the US-based Swell Watercraft. It takes its heritage from and was designed by the guy who brought the world the very first sit-on-top kayak in 1971, American Tim Niemier.

Our first test of the Scupper 14 started in Simons Town harbour which is on the southern peninsula of Cape Town. The first part of the paddle was very sheltered from the 14 – 22knot SE wind but as soon as we turned past the edge of the harbour wall we were straight in to the wind for the first four kilometres down the coast.

The prevailing SE waves slam in to the harbour wall and rebound making that section one of the trickiest parts to the paddle. May paddlers have come unstuck on that corner because of the sudden change in conditions. So it was an ideal time for us to put the new Scupper 14 through its paces.

What we instantly loved:

Its glide – within two or three strokes the Scupper 14 was moving cleanly through the water. Both of us were very impressed with how easy it was to get going and maintain a comfortable speed.

We think that it is going to be a super kayak to learn how to paddle downwind! I know that a review of plastic kayak should not even mention downwind sea paddling but this kayak seemed to love the small swells on the way home. We cannot wait for our friends and clients to try it to hear what they have to say.

It is remarkably dry in the cockpit. We had our doubts about this aspect when we first unwrapped the kayak for two reasons. The first is that it has a gigantic hatch in the front of the kayak that is big enough to fit our 5 man tent (yes we tested it) so we were worried that as we paddled in to the waves, water would pour in under the hatch cover. The second is that the cockpit space is massive and with your feet below the water line, if that filled up with water it could be an uncomfortable paddle. We were wrong to worry on both accounts; the hatch did not take in a drop of water and the cockpit area remained dry throughout the paddle in to the wind and swells.

What we were impressed about:

The overall finish of the kayak. From the beautiful hull to the numerous attachment points and the rod/ action camera baseplate, the overall impression is that this is a top draw kind of kayak.

The seat area. At 520mm it is the widest kayak of our fleet by at least 50mm. This is important because essentially this is a touring kayak and so it is nice to be able to move around a little in ones seat to look around, take the pressure off a particular point on your bum or so that you do not feel trapped in one’s seat.

The hull/ keel and rudder combination. We paddle along the same course as the world famous Millers Run and although we don’t ever plan to go out in strong winds (25knots +) from time to time they come out of nowhere and so any review from us will take in to consideration how we feel the kayak will cope should the weather turn suddenly. I am happy to say that the Scupper 14 tracked very nicely into the wind and waves so that at no time did Kevin have to correct the steering. It held its path across the waves with very little effort and paddling with the waves and the wind on your back is just wonderful. The problem that plagues plastic kayaks is that most of them are flat bottomed and so they broach very easily. This is when the nose of the kayak keeps turning in to the wind even though you are doing your best to paddle with the wind on your back. I am happy to report that not once on the 4km downwind stretch did the Scupper 14 feel like it was about to broach.


There are some points of contention between the testers though. Some paddlers may prefer a more snug fit in the cockpit if they come from a surfski background and the centre hatch is nice but it can catch on your calf muscles. Overall it was felt that there are two aspects to the Scupper 14 that could take a battering and they are:

The first is the comfy paddled seat.  It looks great and works like a charm but being material runs the risk of catching on clothes, branches, fishing hooks etc..

The second is their revolutionary scupper valves used to drain the cockpit area. It is a sight to behold and a stroke of genius in its design and it works like a charm to boot! But when they are opened, they stick out the bottom of the hull and we all expressed concern that they may be damaged if one forgets to close them before returning to shore.


Our first impressions of this kayak were very favourable and we think that it is stable enough for all our friends and clients to give it a try. So over the next few weeks we will be getting a host of people to paddle it and see what they think. Hopefully we will get a few of them to take it down the world famous Millers run and then we will ask them for their impression of the kayak. Do give Paddle Experience a shout if you would like to be one of those lucky paddlers to demo the new kayak.

The first client review is in:

Scupper 14 review:

It was my first time paddling this kayak and was quite impressed with it. I found it easily manoeuvrable and glides through the water with ease. The conditions were perfect, so did not test it in choppy waters, but found it very stable going over swells. I found the hatch that is placed between your legs uncomfortable, however for someone that may enjoy fishing, I could imagine that it would be nice to have an easily assessable hatch for your bits and bobs. Overall a great kayak and I’d definitely like to paddle it again. There’s even space at the back for your dog. *Inge

Vagabond Kayaks

We chose the Vagabond range for a number of reasons!
1. They are super cool and we loved the bright and bold colours
2. They are incredibly stable
3. Easy to paddle and are maneuverable for beginners
4. The design is well thought out, with awesome features

That’s why we don’t only use these awesome kayaks on our tours and training, but we sell them as well! Do check out Vagabond for yourself too, they have put together some great clips to show you all the features of these super kayaks:

Then give us a shout to try before you buy!
Tracy 0711743099 or