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About Sea Kayak Torbay

SKT is managed by Kieran Laureston. He is a highly accredited outdoor practitioner who has over 20 years of experience in leading groups. He holds a first class Hons degree in Adventure Tourism Management (ATM) and an FdSc in Outdoor Education. He graduated from the School of Adventure Studies in the Highlands in 2014. Kieran is a BCU 5 star trained Sea Kayak guide and moderate water endorsed Sea Kayak Coach and can deliver certified BCU 1-3 star training and assessment. He is also a BCU Paddle- Ability coach trained to deliver sessions to persons with accessible needs. He is a trainer and assessor of the D of E awards and is AALA accredited to deliver kayaking to youth groups. Through his work and study as an adventure guide, Kieran has over 7 years of experience working with families, groups and for corporate team building days out. Through his work as a Personalisation Coordinator for ROC Active, he has 2 years of experience working with people with accessible needs and coordinating a weekly activity programme of domestic sports and events. Kieran is a Leave No Trace (LNT) trainer, a trained mountain leader, inland kayak and open boat guide. Kieran has training in sea survival, surf kayaking, remote incident management, outdoor first-aid, bushcraft, wild foraging and Eco-psychology. Kieran is a day skipper and has his advanced powerboat licence. Kieran has paddled in several locations around the world. As the founder and president of the University of the Highlands and Islands Paddlesport Club, he organised training sessions, courses, trips and multi-day expeditions and a free kayak club for the community children and adults. Kieran‘s goal is to increase the accessibility of sea kayaking, the benefits from low impact exercise that works your whole body, the soul and the mind. Kieran wants to empower his participants with a skill set to take their kayaking forwards. With the use of tandem kayaks and providing stabilisers and outriggers, he hopes anyone can gain their water confidence. They can then progress onto entry-level touring kayaks and eventually conquering an expedition sea kayak and heading off into the wilderness on their own adventures. Over the next 18 months, he hopes to increase the fleet to have boats for all levels of enthusiasts.

Booking Policy

You are required to read this agreement before you start your hire activity. 19/03/2021 
•You must be 18 or over to hire a craft. 
All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult, on one adult to a maximum of two children ratio. No children under the age of 4 years old. 
• The hirer confirms that all participants can competently swim a minimum of 25 metres unaided and that they will wear the supplied PFD at all times. 
• The hirer confirms that all participants do not suffer from any medical condition, and are not taking any medication/drugs, that could affect their ability to partake in the paddling activity. 
• The hirer agrees to only use the subject of hire and equipment in the manner described by Sea Kayak Torbay and to use them within the beach hire boundaries of Oddicombe Beach and as far out as the 5 knot Marker Buoy 
• If any of the equipment is taken away from the designated area of use a minimum charge of £50 will apply to cover any damage to our equipment. 
• The hirer acknowledges and agrees that the equipment is in good condition in all aspects, and undertakes not to misuse it and to return it with all accessories in a similar condition as when received. 
• The hirer will immediately notify Sea Kayak Torbay in the event of any loss of the equipment. 
• The hirer shall cover Sea Kayak Torbay in respect of all cost, claims, expenses, and demands which it may suffer or incur, and which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. 
• The hirer acknowledges that by taking advantage of Sea Kayak Torbay’s offer on the use of their boats and equipment and you cause damage to said boats and equipment, whether by your negligence, deliberate or accidental actions that by signing this agreement you agree to pay for any damages to the boats or equipment or the full price for the replacement of the boats or equipment if lost or damaged beyond repair. 
• The hirer understands that Sea Kayak Torbay or its employees do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage, or injury suffered by persons and/or their property arising out of, or during the course of activities whilst hiring. Sea Kayak Torbay also will not accept any liability for, damage or injury suffered to any person or persons and/or property by your actions, be these said actions accidental or of a deliberate nature. 
• INSURANCE Sea Kayak Torbay confirms that it is covered by public and employers liability insurance; however we offer no insurance cover regarding personal accidents to individuals that may occur during the term of this hire agreement. In your own interest water sports activities involve an element of risk; you are strongly advised to take out insurance cover against accident, emergency rescue, and personal injury, loss of luggage, equipment damage, and cancellation. 
• Sea Kayak Torbay reserves the right to refuse or immediately terminate a hire. The disclosure of the reason for this action will be entirely at Sea Kayak Torbay’s discretion. 
• Equipment must be returned on time or an additional charge of £50 per craft will be incurred. Please contact us if you do not think you will make it back in time. 
• We may take photos for advertising purposes by signing this you give us full permission to use said photos. 
• Shortly after your activity, we will contact you via e-mail prompting a review of your experience. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to leave us your comments.

Cancellation Policy

Custom Policy

If you need to cancel you need to provide us with the time needed to resell your experience. therefore if you:
  • cancel before 7 days of your booking you will receive a full refund (minus payment processing fees).
  • cancel within 72 hours of the booking and receive only a 50% refund.
  • cancel within 24 hours no refund will be offered as this is not enough time to re-list and sell the booking.-alternate dates (if possible) will be offered at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed. Therefore a voucher would be offered in place of a refund.