About

Capricorn Kayak Tours was established in 1998.

The People
Capricorn Kayak Tours has a team of experienced and qualified guides that will ensure that your trip is both enjoyable and safe.

Hal Paine
Hal has a Bachelor of Social Science and has spent many years in a variety of jobs and occupations. They ranged from the building industry, hospitality, tutoring at Polytechnic (New Zealand), youthwork, to contract work in the Outdoor Industry.

Hal’s recreation has been mostly ocean based; surfing, snorkelling, boating, and bushwalking. Travels include Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the West Coast of the USA. In 1997 Hal completed a Graduate Diploma of Science (Outdoor Pursuits). It was this Diploma which provided Hal with the background, experience and confidence to establish Capricorn Kayak Tours.
Hal Paine is a qualified sea kayak instructor and has a staff of experienced guides. Hal recently completed a ten-day Wilderness First Aid course run by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.

Hal has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Postgraduate Diploma of Science (Outdoor Pursuits). He is a qualified Board of Canoe Education Seakayak Instructor.

Quality & Safety
We aim to provide a personalised, friendly service with small groups of no more than 12 people. We provide the best quality gear and experienced, qualified sea kayak guides who are accredited with the Australian Canoe Federation. All of our guides have first aid qualifications and carry first aid kits on all tours. We are licensed by the Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Group Sizes
We keep our group sizes small, limiting our group sizes to a maximum of 12 paddlers. This is for two reasons:

1. Safety is enhanced in smaller groups.

2. Paddlers will generally have a more enjoyable experience in smaller groups. They get better attention from their guides.

First Aid 
All our guides must be qualified to Senior First Aid level on any of our tours.
On our multi-day tours at least one of the guides will have current Wilderness First Aid qualifications.
We provide a comprehensive first aid kit, on all tours.

Equipment 
All our seakayaks are under survey with our Department of Transport, and must carry; flares, towlines, and positive buoyancy.
We provide communication equipment such as; Mobile Phone, VHF Marine Radio, or EPIRB.
All our seakayaks and motor vehicles are serviced and maintained according to a thorough schedule.

Risk Management Plans 
We have developed Risk Management Plans for each of our Kayaking destinations, these include Emergency and Evacuation Procedures.

Insurance 
We have $10 million Public Liability Insurance.
We have comprehensive product insurance.