Preservation & Balance
We attempt to uphold our mission by taking visitors in small group trips into wilderness areas. Our business survival is dependent on a healthy wilderness environment and balanced wildlife populations. In order for us to be sustainable and viable, we must first consider the health of these populations and environs. The environment is our priority, and we hope to do our part not only to help preserve it – but to educate others how to do so as well.
At Kayak Adventures Worldwide, we believe that our business profit is secondary to:
- The safety and education of our clientele
- The health of the wilderness environment we enjoy
- The health and safety of the wildlife we visit
- We seek a clientele that desires information and education, rather than just access to wildlife and wilderness areas
- We are cognizant of the possible effects of overuse in wilderness areas and wildlife viewing
- We are conscious and respectful of other users and activities in the areas we travel
- We respect local culture and are considerate of private lands where we travel
- We remain knowledgeable about the impact we have on the areas in which we operate
- We hope to communicate to the public our vision of the wilderness and the wildlife it supports
All our staff receives yearly training in the following areas:
Wilderness medicine, kayaking skills / safety / rescue techniques, Leave-No-Trace, local history and culture, climate change, natural history, native history, glaciation, geology, plants and dangers of invasive species, wildlife and viewing protocols, earthquake history, oil spill history, local weather patterns, tides, navigation, safety equipment use and protocols, bear safety and food storage, vehicle maintenance / repair, and boat maintenance / repair.
We network with local tourism operators and researchers (water taxis, wildlife tours, the SeaLife Center, B&Bs, hotels, etc.) to give and receive feedback on operational safety issues to help create safe, enjoyable, quality client experiences. We communicate with clients about proper wilderness and wildlife protocols, anticipated conduct, and safety concerns both prior to entering the field and while in the field.
We hope this vision is in line with your goals for your Alaska kayaking trip, and we look forward to partnering with to maintain a healthy environment and participate as active stewards of our planet.
In an effort to work towards this vision, we developed our Kayak. Pick. Give program.
A Greener Workplace
We have always tried to run our business and tours with environmentally friendly practices at the forefront of our operations. This year we have decided to take extra steps in our efforts towards creating a greener workplace. Here are some of the things we have done and are doing:
- We are Green Star certified and do our best to uphold their policies and constantly strive to create a more environmentally friendly workplace
- We hold a Gold Star certification with Adventure Green Alaska
- For every guest we take kayaking, we donate $2 to a non-profit of their choice through our Kayak. Pick. Give. program. Over the past 5 years we have donated over $40,000… all thanks to the people who chose to kayak with us!
- We are members of Leave No Trace and all of our guides both practice and promote Leave-No-Trace ethics while in the field
- We have chosen to offer trips in a sport that has very little impact on the environment
- We choose not to have campfires on multi-day trips since it’s hard to do a proper Leave-No-Trace fire. The rocks turn red and inevitably leave an impact
- We pack out all waste from the backcountry, including our solid human waste, in an effort to reduce our impact on the fjords
- We include guest speakers and presentations on climate change in our guide training
- We encourage our guides to minimize water and electricity usage around the shop. Our goal is to cut energy consumption by 25%
- We’ve eliminated the use of paper cups on our trips in an effort to reduce waste
- We recycle everything we can – from paper and plastics to batteries and computers; we also use a composting system for food waste
- We use recycled office paper, toilet paper, paper towels, and garbage bags
- All of our cleaning products, laundry detergents, fabric softeners are environmentally friendly
- All of our gear purchases are made with the environment in mind – for example, we recently purchased all new drybags that are PVC free
- We’ve replaced almost all of the lights in the house with the most energy efficient fluorescent lighting
- We’ve replaced many of the windows in the house and intend to replace the rest (to reduce energy requirements)
- We rarely use heat during the summer months at the kayak shop
- We sell water bottles, coffee mugs & tote bags in our shop, with the hope of lessening the use of plastic disposable bottles, paper coffee cups & plastic bags. Green up your vacation!