SEA KAYAK HONG KONG

OCEAN LITERACY INTERNATIONAL

Ocean Litereacy International (Hong Kong)

What is a tour grading system?

Sea kayak tours can be easy on calm days but difficult on windy days.
Some tours are longer than others and require a degree of fitness so for a fit person a short tour may be easy, but more difficult for an unfit person or child.

Our  Grading System is an attempt to make it easy for you to assess whether the tour is suitable for you. 

easy level 1 tour grading

GRADING SCALE EXPLAINED

sea kayak tour grading system

Our Sea Kayaking Grades

We want to help you choose the right experience so we’ve graded our sea-kayaking tours on a difficulty scale. These grades are divided into GREEN (Easy), AMBER (Moderate) and RED (Hard).
PLEASE NOTE: An Easy tour can change to a Moderate tour if the weather orocean conditions change on the day. These gradings are set for normal conditions as indicated by the wind speed arrows. 

easy 1 tour grading

GREEN LEVEL 1 TOURS
(EASY, suitable for beginners & young children)

If you have have never kayaked never before or maybe once or twice, or have a young child who you want to take with you, then choose one of our LEVEL 1 trips – beginner-friendly paddling in beautiful locations. 
Tour Routes – these tours are always in protected waters and never far from shore.
Minimum Age – 8 years of age (unless on a private group tour) 
Skills Required – none. Having paddled before is always a bonus, but not necessary.
Distance Paddled – these tours are between 5 & 8 kms long. This is an easy paddle for people who are normally active. You can expect up to 3 hours of sea kayaking during the day, with breaks onshore to stretch your legs.
Maximum Wind Speed – 15 kms / hr. If winds get above this speed, the level of difficulty increases.
Equipment – we use double sit-on-top kayaks for these tours.
Please note – You will be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.

easy 2 tour grading

GREEN LEVEL 2 TOURS
(EASY, suitable for beginners & children)

If you have only sea kayaked a couple of times (or never before) then this trip is for you – beginner-friendly paddling in beautiful locations. 
Tour Routes – these tours are always in protected waters and never far from shore.
Minimum Age – 12 years of age (unless on a private group tour) 
Skills Required – none. Having paddled before is always a bonus, but not necessary.
Distance Paddled – these tours are less than 10 km long. This is an easy paddle for people who are normally active. You can expect up to 3 hours of sea kayaking during the day, with breaks onshore to stretch your legs.
Maximum Wind Speed – 15 km/hr. If winds get above this speed, the level of difficulty increases.
Equipment – we use very stable double sea kayaks on these tours.
Please note – You will be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.

easy mod grade

GREEN / AMBER LEVEL 3 TOURS
(some experence & fitness required)

The kayaking will be in sheltered waters with some exposed crossings. You can expect to be paddling in some choppier conditions during the trip with waves up to 1m high.
Skills Required – Suitable for beginners with some previous paddling experience. If you have only paddled once before, the distance of these trips will prove testing.
Minimum Age – 14 years of age (unless on a private group tour) 
Distance Paddled – these tours are between 10 & 15 kms long. This can prove tiring for people who are normally active. You can expect 4/5 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks to swim and cool down if the weather is hot.
Maximum Wind Speed – 20 km/hr. If winds get above this speed, the level of difficulty increases.
Equipment – we use very stable double sea kayaks with rudders on these tours. 
Please note – You will be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.

mod 4 tour grading

AMBER LEVEL 4 TOURS
(experence & fitness required)

The kayaking will be in sheltered waters with some exposed crossings. You can expect to be paddling in some choppier conditions during the trip with waves up to 1m high.
Skills Required – some previous paddling experience required (2 or more times). If you have only paddled once before, these trips will prove testing.
Distance Paddled – these tours are between 15 & 20 km long. This is NOT an easy paddle for people who are normally active. You can expect 5/6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks to swim and cool down if the weather is hot.
Maximum Wind Speed – 20 km/hr. If winds get above this speed, the level of difficulty increases to hard.
Equipment – we use very stable double sea kayaks with rudders on these tours. 
Please note – You will be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.

hard 5 tour grading

RED LEVEL 5 TOURS
(good kayaking skills, experience & fitness required)

The kayaking will be partly in coastal waters and partly in exposed remote coastline with some exposed crossings. There is a potential that you will get some larger waves (up to 2.5m) and rough conditions.
Skills Required – Minimum 10 days paddling experience required.
Minimum Age – 16 years of age 
Distance Paddled – these tours are between 10 & 20 km long. This is only for fit and active people who are confident in open seas and are good swimmers.  You can expect 4/6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks to swim and cool down if the weather is hot.
Maximum Wind Speed – 20 km/hr. If winds get above this speed, the level of difficulty increases.
Equipment – we use very stable double sea kayaks with rudders on these tours. 
Please note – You will be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.

hard 6 tour grading

RED LEVEL 6 TOURS
(very good kayaking skills, experience & fitness required)

The kayaking will be partly in coastal waters and partly in exposed remote coastline with some exposed crossings. There is a potential that you will get some larger waves (up to 2.5m) and rough conditions.
Skills Required – Minimum 10 days paddling experience required.
Minimum Age – 18 years of age 
Distance Paddled – these tours are between 20 & 25 km long. This is for fit and active people only who are confident in open seas and are good swimmers.  You can expect 6/7 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks to swim and cool down if the weather is hot.
Maximum Wind Speed – 25 km/hr. If winds get above this speed, the level of difficulty increases to hard.
Equipment – we use very stable double sea kayaks with rudders on these tours. 
Please note – You will be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.