Kayaking Excursion FAQs

By participating in an Independence Seaport Museum program, participants voluntarily assume all risks related to potential exposure to COVID-19 in or about Independence Seaport Museum.  The Museum has modified its experience to adhere to safety guidelines and protocol. 

 Registered for a kayaking excursion and have a few questions? Check out some FAQs below.

How old do I have to be to participate in a kayak excursion?
You must be 18 or older to kayak.

Do I need any experience? 
Our kayak excursions are appropriate for different varieties of experience.  We highly recommend reading about each excursion and selecting the trip that meets your experience level. 

What is included on a kayak excursion?
The price of each excursion includes a kayak, paddle, personal flotation device, and guide. 

Do I have to wear a life jacket?
Yes, you must wear a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for the duration or your excursion. 

Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes.  You must wear a mask while on the gangway, docks and while boarding your boat.  Once you are six feet away from all other paddlers (on all sides), you may remove your mask.  Please be prepared to put your mask back on when returning to the dock and when "circling-up" with other paddlers (as instructed by our guides).

What other safety precautions are you taking with regarding to COVID-19?

  • Kayak excursions will be limited to 15 participants per session.
  • Boats, paddles, life jackets and other equipment will be sanitized after each use.  High touch areas on the docks will also be sanitized regularly.
  • We have updated our rescue equipment to allow for more socially distant rescues, as appropriate.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the docks.  We highly encourage visitors to use hand sanitizer before and after each excursion.
  • Additionally, ISM staff members will certify to health checks daily and be wearing face masks on the docks.

Additionally, if you (or anyone in your party) may have been exposed to an individual that has had COVID-19 we ask that you do not visit the Museum or participate in programs for fourteen (14) days.

Independence Seaport Museum reserves the right to refuse service to any participant who is not in compliance with the policies/conditions listed above.

What should I bring?
Here are a few recommended items to bring on kayak excursions:

  • Shoes that can get wet (ideally ones that are secured to your feet, not flip flops).
  • A face mask.
  • Clothing that can get wet.
  • Full water bottle(s) and a snack, such as granola bars.
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, other sun protection.
  • Medications you may need.
  • Dry bag or waterproof phone case if you plan on bringing any items on the river.
  • Additional layers as appropriate.

Can I bring my own equipment? 
Yes, you can bring your own equipment; however, ISM is not responsible for your equipment. You assume liability to ensure it’s in workable condition.

Is there an inclement weather policy?
Yes, excursions and paddles may be canceled due to severe weather conditions, including thunderstorms, excessive winds and excessive heat. Registered participants will be notified of a cancellation ideally 12 hours before the excursion and will be offered a refund.