Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there parking for my car, should I carpool with my party?

A: While there is space for parking available for those who drive, please considering carpooling to conserve space and resources.

Q: It’s my first time kayaking, should I use a single seater kayak or a 2 seater with with someone from my group?

A: Both options work well for beginners, however 2 seater kayaks require paddling in-sync with your partner so some find single seaters easier.

Q: I’ve never been kayaking before, is it hard? 

A: Everybody gets a lesson on land before they go out. Our guides are trained and certified to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. We also take breaks and get out and stretch our legs on most tours. We might even go for a swim in the hot summer months! Many of our participants are first timers, you’ll do great!

Kayaking is much easier than canoeing – your center of gravity is lower, and our kayaks and paddles are lightweight and efficient.

Q: What happens if it rains?

A: In the case of inclement weather that leads to unsafe or unpleasant conditions, we will cancel the tour and offer each participant the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. We strive to provide at least two hours notice for weather related cancellations, however if unsafe conditions arise we will cancel at that time.

Q: Does a three hour tour mean three hours of paddling? 

A: The stated duration of a tour corresponds to the whole experience. We start with a kayaking demonstration on land, get everybody geared up with their kayaks and PFDs, then get in the water.
During most tours, we will take a break on land to stretch, drink water and take pictures.

Q: How many guides are on each tour?

A: We maintain a ratio of at least 1 guide for 8 participant boats.

Q: What gear do I need to bring?

A: All equipment is provided: kayak, paddle and PFD (Personal Flotation Device, i.e. life jacket).

Q: What do I wear? Can I bring my cell phone?

A: Wear lightweight comfortable clothing with a bathing suit underneath if you’d like to swim. You should wear shoes that can get wet, preferably closed toe. You must keep your shoes on at all times.

We recommend that you put your cell phone in a waterproof case that you can wear around your neck. Another option is to place it in 2 small ziplock bags and zip it into your life jacket or borrow one of our splash-proof boxes.

Q: Do you have a bathroom and a place to change?

Our office bathroom is available for use before and after tours. There are bathrooms on Bannerman’s Island available on our Walking Tour. There are not bathrooms at our launch site.

Q: What is the cancellation policy?

A: If you cancel at least one day prior to the scheduled trip, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within 24 hours of the scheduled trip, you will be charged 50%. If Storm King Adventure Tours cancels the trip due to inclement weather, you will receive a full refund. No show’s and late arrivals will not be refunded.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age to participate?

A: Our minimum age is 12 for single kayaks and 9 if accompanied by an adult in a 2 seater kayak. All children 16 and under must be with an adult. There is no upper age limit, and many of our guests are seniors, however our Bannerman’s Island Walking Tour does involve light hiking and may not be suitable for everyone.

Q: What kind of kayaks do you have? Do you have ‘doubles’? My partner and I REALLY want to go together!

A: Our single seat kayaks are Wilderness Systems Pungo 120s and 125s with a weight capicity of 425lbs, 2 seaters/tandems are Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135s with a total capacity of 500lbs.  The quality of the kayak greatly influences your experience. Our kayaks have large open cockpits, excellent stability, and track very well. They inspire confidence and allow for extended time on the water.

Q: Can I bring my own kayak?

A: Get in touch with us if you’d like to bring your own kayak on one of the tours. While we do allow participants to bring their own gear, your PFD must be USCG approved and your kayak suitable for our type of paddling.

Q: Where do tours start/end?

A: Currently all of our tours start and end at our launch site at Donahue Memorial Park in Cornwall on Hudson NY, approximately 1 mile form our office, 20 minutes from the Beacon train station. 

Q: Are gift certificates available?

A: Yes! Please contact us and we’ll be happy be to set it up for you.

Q: I’d love to bring a drink with me on a sunset tour, is alcohol allowed?

A: Due to safety concerns and local regulations we do not allow alcohol on any of our tours.