May 31, 2022

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Las Vegas Kayak Tour

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When we think about kayaking, we picture awe-inspiring sceneries, good exercise, and quality time with others. This is especially true if you’re paddling through the greener side of Las Vegas, a top destination for outdoor activities. But before getting all excited and enthralled in your new adventure, there are some things you need to do to ensure a more memorable Las Vegas kayak tour. While it's relaxing and easy to learn, kayaking is still a water sport. And like other outdoor activities, preparation is key! Let's talk about how to make the most of your Las Vegas kayak tour so that you can stay safe and enjoy every moment.

A kayaking tour guide handing safety vests to paddlers

Making the Most Out of Your Las Vegas Kayaking Tour

1. Plan a Trip with an Experienced Guide 

First and foremost, you'll want to reach out to an experienced guide to book a tour. Some prefer to go solo kayaking, but it’s not the best option for beginner paddlers and those who crave the utmost convenience and enjoyment. Consider tandem kayaking with a more experienced paddler, or booking a tour group so you can paddle with ease and enjoy other people’s company.

Whatever your ability level is, Evolution Expeditions can help you prepare for a grand nature excursion in Las Vegas. Our guides undergo a series of intense training programs and skill tests to guarantee the safest, most comfortable trip possible. What happens if the weather suddenly turns? What do you do if your kayak flips? A qualified instructor can answer these questions and more.

Plus, we know all the best sights. We’ll show you and educate you about the areas you want to explore. Our tours offer something for everyone, from novices to seasoned pros alike. Looking to bask in the green glow of Emerald Cave? Want to soak in geothermal hot springs? The right guide will give you the tour of a lifetime and make sure you don’t miss a single detail.

It's about (a) safety and (b) enjoying everything the experience has to offer. A tour guide can promise both.

2. Secure the Necessary Permits 

Launching kayaks in Las Vegas require permits. If you want to go on a self-guided tour, you must obtain the launching permit yourself, arrange transportation, and research the best destination that suits your interests and experience level. This can be an overwhelming process, particularly for first-time paddlers. You risk not having everything you need to access the waters.

When you book a tour with us, we’ll get all the permits and help you choose the best tour package for you. In certain launching spots, like the Hoover Dam, permits are only given to a limited number of people per day. So, you may want to schedule your Las Vegas tour ahead of time, as holidays and weekends book up quickly. 

While we know you're itching to hit the water, there are still some logistics to take care of! A tour guide can do all the heavy lifting for you.

People on a guided kayak tour in Las Vegas

3. Dress Appropriately

Comfort and safety should be your foremost considerations when choosing a kayaking outfit. Check the weather conditions before you start packing. Whether it's summer or winter, dress based on the water temperature. Don't choose your clothes based on the weather alone. 

Layer on multiple thin clothes and pack extra ones in case of unexpected climate conditions. Several thin layers can keep you warm and won't restrict your movements. If you need to remove or add a few layers to feel comfortable, you can easily do so.  

Rashguards, life vests, drysuits, thermal bases, and mid-layers are just some of the optimal clothing you can wear while kayaking. It's best to go for pieces made from quick-drying fabric like synthetic polyester and nylon. Stay away from cotton, as it takes much longer to dry. 

As for shoes, go for water shoes or sandals and neoprene socks to keep your feet warm. Avoid anything that won't stay securely on your feet, like flip-flops.

Even if it's overcast, the sun can still cause damage to your skin, hair, and eyes. Don't forget to bring a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses, and sunscreen for protection from the rays. 

A paddler wearing a cap while kayaking in Las Vegas

4. Check Your Photography Equipment Before Leaving Home

Do you plan to capture the moment? Don't wait until the last minute to figure out your camera situation.

Some paddlers opt to mount their cameras to their bodies or hat. This is because wearing a camera strap around your neck can be uncomfortable and not lead to the best images. So, it's sometimes best to bring a small action camera that you can effortlessly attach to your body. Others opt for their handheld smartphone. If you go with this option, remember to bring it in a waterproof case.

Before leaving home on the day of the trip, check your camera, battery, memory cards, and any other equipment to ensure that your photography gear can accommodate plenty of photos and videos. Even if you're just going for a three-hour Las Vegas kayak trip, you're sure to create tons of memories. 

5. Arrive a Little Early

Going on a guided tour is like having someone help you plan a safe, exhilarating itinerary that matches your budget and interests. The only thing you need to do is show up at the right moment and enjoy the ride.

Especially if you’re visiting from another state or country during travel peak times, try your best to arrive a little early. Make sure you have all the necessary permits, permissions, and attire you'll need. Introduce yourself to your tour guide and the other people in your group. Prepare your belongings and get ready for an incredible experience.

Emerald Cave kayak tour Las Vegas

Go on a Guided Kayak Tour in Las Vegas With Comfort and Ease

Planning an epic adventure is exciting but overwhelming. Instead of figuring it all out yourself, let the pros handle the grunt work. At Evolution Expeditions, we’re here to make things more convenient. Let’s help you make your Las Vegas kayaking experience even safer and more exciting. Just focus on packing the essentials, connecting with nature, and making great memories!

Ready to experience the wonders of kayaking in Las Vegas? Check out our list of tours or contact us today.

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