San Juan Island's Original Sea Kayak Outfitters & Guides Since 1980

Kids and Sea Kayaking

Guided Kayak Trip Friday HarborIf you are considering bringing your young children on a sea kayaking tour in the San Juan Islands, think again.  These inland waters can be very unfriendly when winds and/or tides are strong even on just a three-hour tour.  Youngsters in a tandem kayak can present potential problems in inclement conditions, because they are usually not able to assist in propelling the kayak forward.  The pressure of paddling falls upon the adult/parent in the aft cockpit to do all of the work.  This can lead to an unsafe situation.  We limit the age of our participants to 10-13 years when using a triple kayak on our Griffin Bay and Whales Ho! half-day tours, 14-16 years on our Whales Ho! full-day trips and shorter multi-day expeditions and 16 years on our longer, more demanding multi-day trips or self-guided rentals. Other companies irresponsibly accept very small tykes without consideration of the dangers these waters can pose.  Please shop responsibly.


All photos in our website have been contributed by past guests. Thanks to all who have shared their experience! And special thanks to guest Philip Robinson for his fun pics.

Contact Info

San Juan Kayak Expeditions
Tim and Sally Thomsen, Owners/Operators since 1980
PO Box 2041
275 A St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA
Open 7 days a week for questions & reservations.

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