Cruising Speed

Cruising speed is the most efficient speed for a vessel to travel.
To conserve energy, we prefer to maintain optimum cruising speed while kayaking.

Single kayaks enable specific freedoms while providing certain challenges.
Achieving cruising speed in a loaded single kayak requires the paddler to invest some initial effort.  Once cruising speed is achieved, less effort is required in order to maintain an optimal pace.

We provide each guest with a Seaward Tyee single kayak and offer a wide variety of tours and expeditions for paddlers with different levels of kayaking ability.

Many of our tours are suitable for relatively inexperienced paddlers.  During these tours, guides help guests develop efficient paddling techniques.  Efficient techniques require less effort to maintain cruising speed.

Our more advanced Cape Freeman Expedition is designed for kayakers who have accumulated some experience and developed reasonable boat-handling abilities.  For our more advanced expeditions, participants are asked to arrive with the ability to effectively propel a loaded single kayak in a variety of sea conditions.

All our kayak trips are designed for able-bodied people, yet there is no need for our guests to be accomplished athletes.  Every year, a variety of people enjoy kayaking with Butterfly Tours.  Several of our guests are small women in their sixties.  Smaller people and less experienced kayakers can enjoy exploring the North Pacific by single kayak, provided they are able-bodied and maintain a positive attitude during challenging moments.

Before registering on one of our trips, prospective guests are encouraged to consider if they aspire to be responsible for the propulsion of their own vessel.  Arriving uninjured, with reasonable balance, reflexes, fitness and coordination generally enables a person to enjoy touring efficiently in a single kayak.

Alternatively, a Seaward Southwind fibreglass double kayak is available; however, we do not provide a paddling partner for the double.  (We provide each person with the opportunity to paddle a single kayak.)  If you would prefer using our double kayak, please be sure to arrive with a paddling partner.

Additional details are available for those inviting a friend or partner.

You are welcome to contact Gord for more information.

© Butterfly Tours ~ Sea Kayak Haida Gwaii
Updated by Gord on January 28, 2019