WALPOLE - SHARK BAY - PENGUIN & SEAL ISLAND - NINGALOO REEF MEELUP BEACH/DUNSBOROUGH/YALLINGUP - HAMELIN BAY/AUGUSTA - JURIEN BAY & MORE
Capricorn SeaKayaking is a West Australian based company that specialises in Eco Adventure tours running across the state since 1999. It is operated by a team of highly trained staff committed to providing enjoyable, challenging and most importantly safe outdoor experiences for a range of different clients.
We offer a variety of different Kayak based expeditions, ranging from 5-6 day multi trips, 3 day multi trips, 1 day wildlife adventures to hire experiences. We currently operate on places such as the Swan River, Penguin and Seal Island/Shoalwater Marine Park, Walpole/Nornalup Inlet and Exmouth on the Ningaloo Reef. We are happy to work with you to create the program your school/class needs. We pride ourselves on customer service, sound environmental policies and programs tapered to suit any clients needs.
Program duration can last from 1 hour "tasters" to multi-day expeditions that vary in length and degree of technical difficulty to suit the clients needs and desires. We are strong supporters of experiential education, and "challenge by choice" for individuals, this can include modification of programs onsite to ensure overall satisfaction with the experience.
Capricorn Seakayaking can design a program with you, that can encompass not only sea kayaking but many other adventure activities and Western Australian highlights. Currently existing programmes incorporate guided bushwalking through the stunning Tingle Forests of Walpole, Karri Forests of Yallingup and Gorges of Exmouth, snorkelling in the clear water’s of Ningaloo marine park is a must and learn to surf programmes or Stand up paddle boarding are other add on options.
We start with your program objectives, dates, calendar/seasons and budget. Your program can be recreationally based, education focused, incorporate the philosophies of Kurt Hahn, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, and the IB TOK and/or CAS or simply be about rest and relaxation. We also offer the opportunity for clients to engage in community service with activities ranging from tree planting to monitoring coral damage.
Once we have understood your organisation objectives we can design a program together. Use our experience and local knowledge to design a program to suit your students needs. All our guides are skilled at providing; basic kayak skills, camping, navigation, bushwalking, leadership, environmental education through to meeting Outdoor Education curriculum requirements.
We can help with transport to and from programs, with National and Marine Park authorities and accommodation options
Western Australia has some of the most unique wildlife in the world and Capricorn Sea Kayaking is proud to show clients this in a safe and respectful manner. We regularly see dolphins, seal's, sea lions, sea eagles, hawks, osprey, sea turtles and numerous different coral reef species and an impressive array of fish species. Sea kayaking presents a unique opportunity to interact with a number of different species on their level and often in the water with them. Without the noise of boat engines and limitations of deep hulls sea kayaks can enter most marine sanctuaries with relative ease and often see sights that most people would miss. In recent year’s Ningaloo Marine Park has developed a number of offshore moorings designed to allow kayaks to explore places that where previously unobtainable by boats.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA SEASONS AND DESTINATIONS CALENDER
October to April we offer programs ‘down south’ in Perth on the Swan river, Rottnest Island, Penguin and Seal Island, Lancelin, Jurien Bay, Walpole, Margaret River area; Blackwood River, Augusta, Hamelin Bay and Geographe Bay.
April – October we offer programs ‘up north’ at Ningaloo Reef/Cape Range National Park, Shark Bay.
Note: This seasonal change of operation is primarily caused due to weather conditions. We also reserve the right to cancel prearranged trips if weather condition’s are unfavourable, full refund is made in this event
ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORT OPTIONS
Remote bush camping, campground, expedition camping (mobile), hostel/bunkhouse accommodation are all some of the options you may choose during your stay.
Our remote area campgrounds are typically placed in the surrounding bushland’s with little or no interaction with other people, many of these areas do not have power or even phone reception. These campgrounds provide people with a peaceful opportunity to disappear from the hustle and bustle of life and appreciate the beautiful surrounds. Many simply spend nights gazing into the stars or conversing over dinner. It also allows peace of mind for teachers as no other distractions are nearby.For those that require a more civilised approach we can provide campgrounds with power, basic amenities and on occasion phone reception or even rooms.
We can assist with all aspects of travel within Western Australia be it plane, bus, car travel or train.
ENVIRONMENTAL, SUSTAINBILITY EDUCATION & YOUTH LEADERSHIP
In all our programmes participants are encouraged to respect the environment they are travelling through and will be shown proper etiquette whilst on programme. This is done to preserve the land we journey through for future generations. Participants are strongly discouraged to engage in any practices that will have negative implications on the land. All our school programs have an environmental and sustainable focus embracing the 7 Leave No Trace Principles.
Capricorn Seakayaking has co-developed an Environmental Leadership and Citizenship program with Millennium Kids a Perth based NGO. It is designed for students aged 15-25 and offers them the opportunity to learn and grow from leadership legs with the ultimate aim to allow participants to lead the day’s trips. This can be focused around navigation, group management, leadership styles and environmental practices and those that achieve this can be awarded a Certificate 2 in leadership.
ABORIGINAL CULTURAL AWARNESS PROGRAMS
Capricorn Sea Kayaking has made good connections within the Aboriginal communities and is happy to invite cultural awareness educators to programs. These educators provide a good insight into the life of the traditional owners of the land with stories, traditions, edible plants/animals and customs being brought to life from those who have lived it.
SAFETY & INSURANCES'S
We take safety of all our customers seriously. All our guides are trained to Australian Canoeing Sea Kayak Instructor Award level, have first aid and water rescue qualifications and have Working with Children Clearances. Several of our Instructors are qualified teachers, including Hal Paine, owner/manager of Capricorn Seakayaking.
We have Risk Management and Emergency evacuation/communications plans for all our kayaking destinations and $10 million Public Liability Insurance with DEC Licences to operate in most Marine and National Parks in WA.
Custom 6 Day Seakayaking Bushwalking Combo
For the last four years Capricorn Seakayaking in conjunction with Perth Waldorf School has run a 6 day Seakayaking/Bushwalking combo in the deep south of W.A. in Walpole. This program includes 1.5 days kayaking along the stunning Nornalup Inlet and 1.5 Days hiking along the world famous Bibbulmun track, 1 day spent exploring the surrounds of Walpole and two days drive time. It is an expedition style program that features 1 night camping along the shores of Nornalup Inlet and 1 night amongst 400 year old Kari forest along the Bibbulmun track. We also spent 2 nights camped at a secluded caravan park that provides us with power and showers for a refresh. The last day of our program is spent exploring the local areas and relaxing in the pleasant Walpole surrounds. We have explored multiple options for this program and there is potential to expand to run a 2 day sea kayak/3 day bibblumun track hike in this region. The area is stunning and features a diverse 400 year old ecosystem with trails and rivers winding through the forests.
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PENGUIN & SEAL ISLAND
1 Day Wildlife Adventure/ Training Day
Penguin & Seal Island Day tours are a popular choice for many schools within the Perth Metro area. We can provide half day or full day options that can feature eco education elements that coincide with the current curriculum. Most schools use this option as a training day for the class to see and learn how to use the kayaks as well as other equipment taken with us on our multi day trips. The day itself can feature optional snorkelling and a guided tour around Penguin Island however most choose to stick to the sea kayak and practice technique as we explore shoalwater bay.
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5/3 Day Seakayaking/Bushwalking/Camping Combo
Exmouth town located 40min away from Cape Range National Park and the Ningaloo Reef provides a hub for those craving adventure. For over a decade Capricorn Seakayaking has run 3 day and 5 day Seakayaking combos within this region. Our three day trips run as an expedition style, with our groups typically carrying everything we need for the next three days. Our five day trips can either run as an expedition style or base camp where we return back to an established private camp. All our expedition style campsites are located on secluded beaches away from the general public but always close to access ways. We can provide all camping and paddling gear needed for the trip (tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, pillows, swags, cooking stoves, plates/cups/knives/forks etc..) as well as a healthy menu and food for the next few days. Other programs have included short bushwalking trips into Cape Range National Park, Whale Shark boating tours or even Scuba diving. We are happy to recommend local provides or organise it for you.
All our trips include a theme of environmental awareness and sustainability that reflects the way we immerse ourselves in the environment.