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Sydney Harbour Kayaks - Ideal paddler dress code / getting prepared

In preparation for your activity, please refer to the following info about what to wear and what to bring.

You do not need specifically designed 'paddling' gear, however wearing the right gear, can make sure 

you have a much nicer paddling experience.

>> Please arrive at Sydney Harbour Kayaks 10 to 15min prior to check in for kayak rental

>> Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to any guided onwater activity

(to be ready on time - especially for Lessons, Tours and Team Building Activities).

What to wear: Remember that you are coming kayaking, you will get a little wet.

sometimes waves and chop can come over, into the cockpit and you will get fairly wet.

Be prepared. - Dress for the conditions.

  • Swimwear;

  • Rashie / sun shirt or t-shirt (we strongly recommend long sleeve);

  • Boardies / sport short or leggings;

  • Hat;

  • Sunscreen;

  • Sunglasses (it’s best to use straps for these, so they don’t fall into the water!);

  • You do not necessarily need shoes to go paddling, however there are many sharp rocks and oyster shells around the beaches of Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour. 

  • We therefore, highly recommend that you wear closed-in shoes that are able to get wet. Please DO NOT wear thongs / flip-flops as they offer limited protection if you stop on the beaches.  Rubber-soled reef shoes (reef-booties) are ideal; or an old pair of trainers.

  • Shoes that have a thick sole, will not work in the sea kayaks; it will make it very difficult to use the steering pedals.

  • Please ONLY take your your phone with you, if you have a secure dry-bag. It is good in-case you need to phone for assistance.

  • If you do take your phone then you must have this secured in a waterproof phone case or 'dry-bag'

    a 'zip-lock' bag can work however it can only give your phone limited protection from the water.




What to bring (for afterwards):

  • Dry change of clothes;

  • Dry shoes; and

  • Towel.


We have a storage room in store for bags and towels, as well as small locker-trays for valuables. Just ask the staff.

We have bathrooms and a 'hot' shower on site. 

DARLING HARBOUR LOCATION (at the Australian National Maritime Museum)

We have a storage room for bags.

We have bathrooms and a change-room (sorry there are no showers at the Museum)


If there is an issue with the weather conditions on the day of the activity and it is too dangerous to go out on the water, we will try to phone you prior to your activity, however sometimes the conditions can change rapidly (and many times, very different to the forecast)

Please note that conditions do change fairly quickly and the 'wind' or poor weather can come through expectantly. If you are concerned about the weather, then please feel free to call us.

Generally, if the wind is over 15/18 knots, then we probably will not be able to rent paddling equipment.

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The conditions can change from 'perfection' (image on the left) to a real tempest (image on the right)

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The safety of all or paddlers is our highest concern.

Remember that we offer a series of FREE kayak lessons every weekend.

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