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Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the frequently asked questions regarding activities below

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Do I need experience to join the trip?

No experience is necessary! Beginners are welcome. Most of our guests have never been in a sea kayak before. If you can hike or bike, you can paddle our sea kayaks. You do not need any particular swimming skills either, as long as you can swim. The only prerequisite is a healthy spirit of curiosity and adventure.

Is sea kayaking a safe activity?

Your safety is our number one concern. Our guides are the best trained professionals and are certified by the Portuguese canoe federation. They will be constantly watching out for your safety. In our 30+ years of kayaking experience, no one has ever sustained a serious injury on any BORK kayak trip. In general, sea kayaking is safer than most other outdoor pursuits!

How stable are the kayaks?

The tandem kayaks we use comfortably hold two paddlers and are extremely stable, much more than solo kayaks. Its actually quite difficult to tip a tandem kayak over.

Who are the kayak guides?

Our guides are experienced kayakers certified by the Portuguese Canoe and Kayak Federation. Most of them have been paddling for more than 30 years and are kayak addicts. For sure they will share their passion with you.

What kind of people go on your sea kayaking trips?

People a lot like you! Although there is a great variety of people who participate in our kayaking trips, one common thing everyone shares is a love of the outdoors. Our guests like to be active and involved. Our average group is made up of an even number of singles and couples and friends. There is no need to worry about coming alone. Our group size gives everyone a great chance to get to know each other. Our maximum group size goes up to 30 persons. However, the average group size is about 8 persons per kayak tour.

Are there age limits for the kayak trips?

The ages of most guests range from the early teens through mid-60’s.

Do I need to get in shape for the trip?

If you enjoy hiking, bicycling, or swimming, then you are already in shape for sea kayaking. If you don’t exercise regularly, we recommend you do some activities that use your upper body, arms and shoulders for about two weeks before your trip.

How much paddling will we do on the kayak trip?

We usually paddle during one hour and a half to two hours, with some breaks in between.

When is the best time of year to go on a trip?

Anytime of the year is good as Portugal has got a Mediterranean climate. Average air temperature are 17ºC from October to March, 22ºC from April to June and 26ºC from July to September.

Are there showers and restrooms available?

Oeiras harbour provides restrooms and warm showers. You will also be able to store your belongings in a safe place before the trip.

What should I bring for the kayak trip?

Bring comfortable clothes and spare clothes to dress after the trip. Don´t forget sun protection and a hat as sun can be pretty strong.

Do you provide one- or two-person kayaks? Triple kayaks?

We provide one and two-persons kayaks, sit-on-top and surf-skis.  We also have triple kayaks for families with small children.

I already have experience. Will my skills improve?

Definitely. Our guides are very experienced kayakers and can instruct you in many of the finer skills of sea kayaking. They love teaching, so just let them know what you would like to work on during your kayak trip: paddling technique, navigation, route selection, reading tide and current tables, braces, or any topic you desire.

FAQ

Do I need experience to join the trip?

No experience is necessary! Beginners are welcome. Most of our guests have never done Paddle-board before. You do not need any particular swimming skills either, as long as you can swimm. The prerequisite is a healthy spirit of curiosity and adventure.

Is Paddleboard a safe activity?

Your safety is our number one concern. Our guides are the best trained professionals. They will be constantly watching out for your safety. In general, paddleboard is safer than most other outdoor pursuits!

How stable are the boards?

We have different types of boards. If it is your first experience, you might fall a couple of times and there is nothing wrong with it.

Who are the coaches?

Our coaches are experienced Paddleboarders and are just addicted to paddle surf. For sure they will share their passion with you.

What kind of people go on your paddle-board courses?

People a lot like you! Although there is a great variety of people who participate in our paddleboard courses, one common thing everyone shares is a love of the outdoors. Our guests like to be active and involved.

Are there age limits for the experience?

Not at all! The ages of most guests range from the early teens through mid-60’s. Children are most welcome above 7 years old.

Do I need to get in shape for the course?

If you enjoy hiking, bicycling, or swimming, then you are already in shape for paddleboarding. If you don’t exercise regularly, we recommend you do some activities that use your upper body, arms and shoulders for about two weeks before the course.

How much paddling will we do on the session?

It is up to you! We usually paddle during one hour and a half to two hours, with some breaks in between.

When is the best time of year to go?

Anytime of the year is good as Portugal has got a Mediterranean climate. Average air temperature are 17ºC from October to March, 22ºC from April to June and 26ºC from July to September. We can lend you a wetsuit in case it is necessary.

Are there showers and restrooms available?

Oeiras harbour provides restrooms and warm showers. You will also be able to store your belongings in a safe place before the trip.

What should I bring for the paddle board course?

Same as if you were going to surf or to the beach. Bring spare clothes to dress after the session. Don´t forget sun protection and a hat as sun can be pretty strong.

I already have experience. Will my skills improve?

Definitely. Our guides are very experienced and can instruct you in many of the finer skills of Stand Up Paddling. They love teaching, so just let them know what you would like to work: paddling technique, racing, reading waves or any topic you desire.

What gear will I need?

We supply all gear. Of course if you plan to dive regularly, you might want to buy your own equipment, fitted to your needs.
To do scuba dive for instance, you will supply mask, snorkel, fins, buoyancy control device, weight system, scuba tank, regulator, SPG and wetsuit of course.

I have never dived before.

Welcome to our diving centre and don´t worry, our instructors will go very smoothly, you will get to know the gear first and once you get comfortable with it, they will teach you everything you need to dive safely while enjoying this unique experience.

My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool. Will that be a problem?

No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – we will teach you how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Who are the diving instructors?

Our instructors are experienced divers certified by PADI. Most of them have been diving for more than 30 years and are addicted to diving. For sure they will share their passion with you.

What kind of people do diving activities with you?

People a lot like you! Although there is a great variety of people who dive, one common thing everyone shares is a love of the outdoors and marine life. We prefer to work with small groups, up to 8 persons.

Are there age limits for the diving activities?

The ages of most guests range from the early teens through mid-60’s. Bubblemakers programs start from 8 years old. There are other programs appropriate for teens. For sure we will feel perfectly integrated.

Do I need to get in shape for the activity?

No, just relax and start enjoying.

How long do most activities take?

In average, we spend around 3 hours for regular activity.

When is the best time of year to go diving?

Anytime of the year is good as we adapt the equipment and location for the circumstances.

Are there showers and restrooms available?

Oeiras harbour provides restrooms and warm showers. You will also be able to store your belongings in a safe place before the trip.

What should I bring for the diving activity?

Bring sun protection for your face, swimming suit and a towel.

I already have experience. Will my skills improve?

Definitely. Our guides are very experienced diving instructors and can instruct you in many of the finer skills of diving. They love teaching, so just let them know what you would like to work on or tell them any topic you desire to know more about.

Nothing particular, just check the weather forecast before you go, bring comfortable clothes and shoes, don´t forget to bring sun and rain protection. You may want to bring your hiking poles as well, please check beforehand if that´s suitable. Water and small snacks are supplied, bring your own extras.