ABOUT Meridian Kayak
Since beginning operations in Melbourne, Australia, in March 1998, as an adventure tourism based business, Meridian Kayak has been providing a wide range of SEA KAYAKING services, equipment and experiences.
* Sea kayaks designed for the "recreational" style paddler as well as wood kayak kits for the do-it-yourself enthusiast.
* Meridian Kayak has a comprehensive instructional program to extend any persons sea kayak skills.
Meridian Kayak is committed to sustained environmental / ecotourism opportunities. Sea kayaking allows participants to take their memories, their photos and not leave any footprints...
With a wealth of expertise in paddlers requirements and sea kayak performance, we have put it all together in the design of our own sea kayaks. The Meridian "Cygnet" single seakayak is gaining popularity as a sea kayak capable of both estuary / protected waters and extended or advanced paddling conditions. Its stability, tracking and acceleration have made it a popular choice in term of performance and style.
We believe that in addition to appropriate sea kayaking equipment and accessories, good sea kayak skills and technique are essential to get the most out of sea kayaking. Fitness and strength are no substitute for technique and attitude.
Our progressive instructional techniques concentrate on empowering students to develop confidence and good sea judgement above all. Energy efficient sea kayak techniques allow the paddler to relax and enjoy their surroundings without undue stress.
Meridian Kayak expeditions are designed and planned to cater to every person's idea of a perfect sea adventure.. From a leisurely couple of hours on tranquil waters enjoying the scents of the sea through moderate overnight camping expeditions to extended sea epics in remote and exotic locations Meridian Kayak will always look after every detail of the expedition. For the novice, all our expeditions offer a perfect introduction to the intimate relationship that develops between the sea kayaker and the sea. For the experienced sea dogs looking for that something extra, a Meridian Kayak expedition will have it.
For Comfort, ease of instruction and the safety of our clients we use a variety of sea kayak designs. Naturally we are very proud of our own designed and produced sea kayaks which we mostly use. Our double kayaks are sleek, fast and extremely stable in all conditions. Our singles are stable, easy to paddle and track extremely well. Fitted with a full range of safety gear including hands-free electric powered pumps they make the ideal touring and instructional kayak for all sea adventures. The paddle jackets (cags) we provide are made from breathable material to keep you warm and dry. We use modern design sea kayak paddles made of fibreglass to keep the weight down and retain strength. PFDs (life jackets) are in safety approved colours with pockets. The range of sizes are fully adjustable for maximum comfort and proper fit.
Our instructors are simply the best there are. We do not employ "Gung ho adventurers". Adventurers they are indeed being highly qualified with a sensitivity for the people under their care and a deep regard for the marine environment in which they work.
Safety is our business
Our greatest concern is the safety of our clients. The greater attention to safety the greater the adventure possible. We at Meridian Kayak see adventure NOT as a disregard for safety precautions but as a sense of accomplishment and excitement in a realistic world. Yes, there are potential hazards in sea kayaking and our ongoing risk assessment and management programs are designed to anticipate and minimise the effects of those hazards.
What is Sea Kayaking?
Very simply, sea kayaking is paddling on coastal and exposed open waters.