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Enter the world of crystal clear rivers and lakes that do not only form an integral part of the landscape, they’re host to a wealth of outdoor activities. Discover our secret world at the heart of Dalmatia and indulge in some activities like rafting, canoeing, canyoning, rowing or kayaking. Whether relaxing or exhilarating, the crystal clear water connects you to the breathtaking scenery around you - there’s no better way to experience the magic of Dalmatian rivers and lakes!

 

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:37

Expedition Kayaking in the autumn

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Pre-Trip Planning

The key to proper preparation is research. Do your homework. Find out as much as you can about where you're going. Particularly, don't leave home without knowing: 

  • Weather conditions for the time of year you will be paddling
  • Water conditions
  • Tides and currents
  • Potential hazards (rocks, oyster bars, shipping channels, etc)
  • Availability of fresh water

While these may be some of the most important points to know from the perspective of safety, you will also need to learn about camping regulations, put-in and take-out points, the availability of shuttle transportation, campfire regulations and equipment rentals.

Pre-Trip Training

A multi-day kayak trip can tax you much more than most day trips. Technically, you're faced with handling a loaded kayak, which tends to respond more sluggishly than a kayak lightly loaded for a day trip. Load your kayak as you would for an extended trip and spend some time paddling--get the feel for turning, bracing and paddling in wind and waves.

Expedition paddlers may also face a greater variety of water and weather conditions over the course of a trip. Proper research can alert you to special conditions you may need to prepare for. Prior to any expedition, I recommend reviewing and practicing your paddling skills in a variety of water conditions with a competent instructor or an experienced expedition kayaker from a local club. Do your best to simulate the conditions you may be facing.

Expedition kayakers also need to be physically prepared to meet the challenge. Sometimes that challenge may be as simple as sitting in a boat for three to six hours a day. A regular stretching routine that emphasizes the hamstrings, gluteus and lower back will make sitting for long periods of time more comfortable. Similarly, long paddling sessions will put an increasing strain on the endurance of muscles in the torso, shoulders and arms.

While the best way train is to paddle a loaded kayak long distances, strength endurance training (15 to 20 repetitions for two to three sets of each exercise) that includes exercises for the affected muscles will help.

Go it Alone or Go with a Guide?

Once you are well into your research and training, you should have a good idea of what you are getting yourself into and the level of preparation you need. It is time to make an important decision. Ask yourself, "Do I have the skills, knowledge and equipment to make my trip safe and enjoyable?" If you can honestly answer "yes," then it is probably okay to pursue the trip on your own. If you have doubts, ask an expert--an experienced expedition kayaker or a competent instructor--to evaluate your skills and your planning. If you still have doubts, look for a qualified guide or outfitter to add a margin of safety to your trip.

Guides bring added bonuses with them. They simplify logistics, usually arranging transportation and supplying needed equipment. Guides tell great stories--about other paddlers, other trips, the local flora and fauna and the area's history. Best of all, most guides are great cooks!

Always look for reputable guides and outfitters. Kayaking is a fast-growing business and has attracted many inexperienced start-ups. Ask how long an outfitter has been in business. Ask for contact information for previous clients and solicit their opinions. If possible, look for guides who are also kayak instructors, preferably certified by either the American Canoe Association (ACA) or the British Canoe Union (BCU). Find out how long the individual guides have worked in the area and for the particular outfitter.

Good outfitters may even recommend a book or two about the area to put you "in the mood" for your trip. In the end, pick an outfitter you feel comfortable with.

The Trip

So you've researched the trip, trained your body, practiced your paddling and decided whether or not to paddle with a guide. The anticipation can be excruciating. One final caution--day one of most trips can sometimes be disappointing after all the build-up. You are usually still in range of the day-trippers and civilization. But have faith. Anybody can paddle one day from the put-in. The real magic of expedition kayaking comes on day two or three. That is when the fish dance and the raindrops glow.

Expedition Gear

Packing your expedition kayak

  • Do not depend on watertight hatches to keep your gear dry. Pack everything you want to remain dry in waterproof dry bags.
  • If possible, pack everything inside the kayak. Items on the deck raise the boat's center of gravity (making the kayak less stable), may be washed overboard, and may catch the wind (making it more difficult to steer).
  • Place heavy items (like water bottles/bags) as near to the seat as possible. Keeping the weight near the boat's pivot point keeps the balance more natural and makes the kayak easier to maneuver.
  • Pack snacks in the easy-to-reach pockets of your lifejacket or sprayskirt.
Monday, 17 February 2014 10:16

Žrnovnica surfing

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Extremely rainy winter caused rising of water levels of all Dalmatian’s rivers, including the rivers of the Adriatic basin whose water levels are quite higher than usually at this time of the year.
Friday, 31 January 2014 10:40

The Valley of the Green River Neretva

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The valley of river Neretva, the biggest river of the Adriatic, has a fascinating landscape as well as extensively rich flora and fauna both in the river and in the surrounding area. For this reason it's often called The Green River. The last 30 km of the Neretva River make the most indented delta in Croatia and spreads into a large wetland valley which meanders before meeting the Adriatic Sea.
 
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