Kayaking question

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Kayaking question

Postby jen_the_rockhopper » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:22 pm

I was wondering if anyone knows the type of kayaks that are used for the kayak expedidtions. I have a GoPro camera that I am looking forward to using on my trip in January and am wondering if I will be able to attach it onto the front of the kayak using the FCS mount or not. I am not super up on all my kayak and surf terms but apparently some models have this socket that you are able to then connect the attachment from the GoPro quite easily in. So I was hoping someone might know if the kayaks we use have an FCS mount or what sort of kayak they are so I can research them a bit more.

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Re: Kayaking question

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:37 pm

Here're some pictures of the kayaks used:

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Re: Kayaking question

Postby tletter » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:32 am

jen_the_rockhopper wrote:know if the kayaks we use have an FCS mount

Per the photo, they did not have an FCS mount but you could use a GoPro head mount.
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Re: Kayaking question

Postby jen_the_rockhopper » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:47 pm

thanks! I got the outdoor pack that has the head mounts etc so I am not going to go spend the extra for the FCS mount stuff then.

Current heat wave here is killing me so I cannot wait for January...
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Re: Kayaking question

Postby cap33 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:44 pm

Anyone do the kayaking in Antarctica? Can you tell me how much experience you need to be able to do it and how many hours are you out on the kayaks at a time? Thanks!
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Re: Kayaking question

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:10 pm

I didn't kayak myself but they appeared to take anyone with any level of experience (or lack thereof). The instructor has basic instructional classes so he can assess your actual skills as well as make sure you are sympatico with your partner. I think they tended to be out on kayak for about 2 hours at a time but some excursions were longer.
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Re: Kayaking question

Postby alexcowan » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:06 am

Thanks for chipping in ExplorerWannaBe. However, I'm afraid that there have been no instructional classes available in the 2.5 years I've worked on board. The guides will advise you on your technique while you're out and about, and in exceptional cases they have got in a double kayak to carry inexperienced paddlers. But if more than one inexperienced person turns up then people end up dropping out of the program. This happens frequently -- don't let it happen to you, turn up with some experience.
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Re: Kayaking question

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:55 pm

Sorry for the bad info then. It appeared to me that they were going over very basic kayaking but that could be because we were the very first voyage to offer it and neither the crew nor the kayakers knew what to expect.
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Re: Kayaking question

Postby alexcowan » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:48 am

No worries, things do change over time, and at some point my info will become wrong too! Thanks for contributing, I know people appreciate it.
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