FAQs for our Adventures and Experiences in Dorset
What do I need to bring?
For water activities you will need swimwear and shoes that you’re happy to wear in the water (aqua shoes or old trainers are perfect) For activities on dry land you’ll just need appropriate clothes for being outdoors, decent covered footwear like walking shoes and depending on the great British weather you may need sun cream, waterproofs, hats, etc!
Do I need experience for kayaking and stand up paddleboarding?
Our 2 hour and half day adventures are designed to be suitable for all abilities and absolutely no experience is needed. If you want to join our half day stand up paddleboarding sessions then previous experience is required so book a 2 hour intro first and the same for our intermediate sea kayaking sessions, book on our introductory course first.
Do I need prior experience for the kayak fishing?
You will need to have had prior experience in a kayak before you join one of our half day intro to kayak fishing sessions. (This does not apply to the kayak, fish forage and feast experiences which are suitable for beginners). If you havent been in a kayak before book on one of our half day or 2 hour kayak trips or our intro to sea kayaking half day trips. All booking and info is on the booking page.
What equipment do you provide?
We provide all equipment you’ll need for water activities - wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet and cagoule - all you need is swimwear and a pair of shoes to wear in the water.
What if the weather is bad?
We’ll always do our best to get you out and having fun come rain or shine, however if we feel the weather means the activity would be unsafe we will have to cancel or rearrange.
Where do we meet?
Our standard daily activities run from our Hutquarters in Middle Beach Car Park, Studland, BH19 3AP. If you are joining us for an event or bushcraft this may run off site nearby, you will be notified in advance.
Can I cancel / rearrange?
If you need to cancel your booking we require 2 weeks notice to refund or reschedule. If you give more than 1 weeks notice you can receive 50% of your fee but lose the right to reschedule if it is within the week or on the day you forfeit your fee and right to reschedule. If we have to cancel we provide a full refund or you can rebook with us.
What is the minimum/maximum ages for your activities?
Our age restrictions vary depending on the activity you want to take part in - as a general rule our shorter kayak and SUP sessions can be enjoyed by anyone over 8 years old. Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult unless they are joining one of our Childrens Outdoor Adventure Days. If your children are within 6 months of the min age we can make exceptions.
Where can I stay?
There are numerous B&Bs in the village, and The Pig Hotel and Knoll House Hotel, the nearest campsites to us are Burnbake and Ullwell.
What happens if I’m late?
We cannot hold the sessions for late comers, please arrive 10 minutes prior, if you miss your slot we do not offer the option to reschedule and you lose your fee.
Do you have changing rooms or showers?
We don’t have showers, but we do have changing rooms for you to get changed into your swimwear/wetsuit.
Do you have parking?
Parking is available in the National Trust Car Park at Middle Beach. Parking is pay and display and prices vary during the season, parking is free for National Trust members.
When do I need to arrive?
To help us get your session started promptly please arrive at Hutquarters 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of your activity- this will allow time for changing and for you to make use of the toilets and cafe, which are just a few minutes away from us.
Can I bring my dog?
We can allow well behaved dogs on leads on the foraging walks only, I am afraid we can’t on the other sessions.
Do you have Insurance?
We have full employers and Public liability insurance and are AALA licenced R2003
Do you offer private trips for groups?
We can offer private sessions please contact us to discuss as these require minimum numbers.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes we do offer discounted rates to schools, youth groups and charities. We also offer a 10% blue light and military discount on presentation of documentation.
Are there any height or weight restrictions?
Our sit on top kayaks are able to take max 200kg (or 100 kg per person), the wetsuits go up to xxl and we have xxxxl bouyancy aids.