FAQ

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  • Is my child old enough to go kayaking with Glass Bottom Kayak Tours?

We enjoy having kids of all ages on our tours, and we look forward to helping families enjoy some quality time together. We do ask that all children under the age of 12 ride in the front of a tandem kayak with a parent or another family member.

  • Is there a weight limit?

Yes! All of our boats have a weight limit that is posted in the item description when purchasing. We have had guests try to push the limit, and it never works out well. As a general rule, if you or a guest weighs more than 275 pounds, we simply can’t guarantee their safety. As safety is our number one priority on every trip, please don’t put us in the position of risking your life, or ours.

  • How many tours do you offer?

Currently we offer five tours, with our most popular tour being our Cherry Grove Sea Marsh Kayak Tour.  However, Kayaking in Myrtle Beach offers a variety of options including a private island day trip tour, and a Waccamaw River tour.

 

  • How long are the tours?

Our Kayaking Tour lengths vary from 2 ½ hours to 4 hours, depending on the trip, the tides, and the weather.

 

  • I have never kayaked before, can I still participate?

Believe it or not, most of our guests have never paddled before. One of our favorite things is introducing people to the activity we love, and we will be happy to give you instructions before we leave the dock.

 

  • Do I have to be in great shape to participate?

While good general health may go a long way if we encounter strong afternoon winds, most of our guests come with a moderate level of health and a willingness to explore the beauty of our area, and one of the best ways to get close to nature is in a Kayak.

 

  • Four hours seems like a really long time to be kayaking for someone who is out of shape, why are the tours so long?

The times quoted in your reservation include time for our guides to go over all instructional and safety materials, as well as preparing your kayak for the tour. We utilize the flow of the tide or river to make things easier on our guests.

 

  • What if I can’t swim?

We recommend all guests wear USCG approved life jackets, which we will provide. Knowing how to swim is not required, but all guests should feel comfortable in the water.

 

  • What if I am pregnant?

Moderate exercise is considered beneficial to both mother and baby, however, if you have any concerns regarding your pregnancy, please consult your physician before you decide to book a kayak tour.

 

  • What if I get seasickness easily?

Most of our kayak tours take place in areas that are mostly sheltered from large waves and winds. For some people, motion sickness may still be an issue. Stop by a local pharmacy before your tour to check out options for over the counter remedies if you are concerned.

 

  • Should I participate if I have a medical condition?

Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this activity is appropriate. Guests with cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions and/ or previous back or neck injury or any other medical condition should take particular caution when selecting this activity. Guests who have concerns should consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.

  • Am I too old?

If you have a sense of adventure, and a willingness to try something new, you will be fine. No one over 150 years old is allowed to kayak with us, though.

 

  • Where do the kayak tours meet?

While each kayak tour is unique and can depend on the tides, it is safe to say that all tours will meet on the northern end of the Grand Strand. Once tours are booked, specific meeting instructions will be emailed to you.

 

  • Can I bring my camera?

The best rule of kayaking is don’t take something you aren’t afraid to lose. While we won’t tell you that you absolutely can’t, we don’t think it is the best of ideas, and we won’t be liable if your camera gets broken or lost. We’ll take some pictures for you before and often during your trip, and we’ll upload them to Facebook for you to use for free.

  • What if the weather is bad?

We won’t cancel a kayak tour for light rain, but if lightning or extended storms force us to cancel a trip, we promise to call you at least two hours before your scheduled tour, and help you reschedule your tour for another, sunnier, day.

  • What if I book a tour, but don’t show up? Can I reschedule?

Unfortunately, once a tour is booked we are unable to refund your payment if you do not show up. Please be considerate of our guides and mates when booking your tour.

 

  • Why does my child have to ride in the front a tandem kayak?

Riding up front allows children to get the most out of their trip while making sure that a stronger paddler is providing enough power to move the boat in the right direction.

 

  • What if we tip over?

Our kayaks are wide and stable, but tipping over can happen.  Our tours usually remain very close to shore, so it’s sometimes just a matter of standing up, and walking over to the shore line. Our guides and mates will be able to assist you.

 

  • What should I bring with me?

Plan for your tour like you would plan for a day at the beach. Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses (with strap), bottle of water, snacks, and medication you may need.

 

  • What about lunch or snacks?

Most of our trips are not long enough to warrant providing a large lunch for everyone. We recommend stashing a few power bars or packs of crackers in your belongings. After the trip is done, we would be happy to help you choose a destination for your next meal.

 

  • What should I NOT bring with me?

Alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, knives, firearms, bad attitudes, and grumpiness

 

  • What kind of wildlife can I expect to see?

While every trip is different, we see herons, egrets, gulls, and dolphins on a regular basis

 

  • Isn’t it dangerous to be around wildlife like this?

Generally the wildlife in our area just wants to be left alone. As long as our guests give them a wide berth, everyone should be just fine. Our guides are expert at spotting wildlife and will suggest that you slow you kayak down so that we do not disturb the animals.

 

  • What should I wear?

Man-made materials work best when kayaking on the water (no cotton shirts). We recommend that you dress like you are going to the beach, but please bring close toed shoes. You can wear old tennis shoes, or a pair of water shoes that many people pick up at our local beachwear stores. These will help protect your feet against many of the cuts and scrapes that are common when someone steps on shells.

 

  • How many people will be in my group?

Groups can range from two guests, to a maximum of 12 guests. Larger groups will have guide assistants, or “mates”, as well as guides.

 

  • Is there a local discount?

We LOVE our locals, and know that without them we would have to get real jobs. If you’re a local, with a local ID, call us and we’ll get you setup with the right discount. Or, send us an email.

 

 

  • How are the kayaks checked for safety?

We work directly with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, who come out and inspect all of our boats, life jackets, and paddles monthly. Our staff is also required to keep a visual check log before and after each tour to make sure each boat is in top operating condition.

 

  • Can I book a custom trip?

Yes! Please email us to schedule or discuss your custom trip. You’ll find that we love to plan special events.

 

 

  • Can I bring cigarettes or alcohol on our tour?

For the enjoyment of all of our guests, as well as the safety of the wildlife of our area, cigarette smoking is prohibited while on our Myrtle Beach Kayak tours, and consuming alcohol while operating any boat (even a kayak) is illegal.

 

  • Are electronics permitted?

One of the greatest parts of our kayak trips is the opportunity to turn off all of our electronics and become completely engulfed in the world around us. While we understand that some of our guests may need to leave their phone on to check with a babysitter, we ask that you consider turning all phones off, and stowing them in your boats dry compartment.

 

  • Will there be restrooms available on the tour?

Restroom facilities are available where we begin and end our tours. In between, there are no restroom facilities. Please plan accordingly J

 

  • What kind of safety gear do we have with us?

It is recommended that each guest wear a Coast Guard approved PFD (life jacket) and emergency whistle, which we provide. Our guides all carry emergency first aid kits as well.

 

  • Can I bring my dog?

As much as we love our four-legged friends, out insurance company will not allow dogs on our tours.

 

  • Can I bring our fishing gear?

While we can’t allow you to fish on our regular tours, we would be happy to set up a custom fishing trip for you!

 

  • I don’t want to use a clear kayak. Do you have any other kayaks available?

Yes! We currently have ocean style, open cockpit boats, and 10 ft. closed cockpit boats available as well.

 

  • Will I get wet?

Yes.  Sometimes it is just a small drip from the paddle, and other times it bigger splashes or going in, but you can count on getting wet.

 

  • Do you offer group rates?

Yes! Please call us so we can discuss your group in greater detail.

 

  • Should I tip my guide?

We have a saying here at Glass Bottom Kayak Tours- “Don’t tip your kayak, tip your guide.” While tips are not mandatory by any means, they are gladly accepted and split evenly between your guide and your mate.