Kayaking is a great way to get up close and personal with nature. Operators tend to get a closer look at wildlife because the kayaks are quiet and can operate in very shallow waters. 
The Grice Marine Lab has several types of kayaks for use by faculty, staff and graduate students of the lab. There is no fee for their usage. They all have seats and adjustable paddles. Most kayak trips are taken in the Grice Cove adjacent to the lab. 

Kayak Trip Protocol (applies to canoe usage as well)

Captain of trip must have completed the boater certification course, and complete one checkout trip with the the Marine Operations Manager or Lab Manager.

  1. Complete a Float Plan and submit to Marine Operation Manager or Lab Manager
  2. An Emergency Information Sheet must be completed for everyone on the trip that is not faculty, staff or a grad student. Submit along with Float Plan
  3. Must have a partner (no solo kayaking)
  4. Complete weather check just before launch - pay close attention to the weather during your trip
  5. Must wear personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water
  6. Check in with the Manager that approved the float plan
  7. Wash kayaks and equipment with fresh water and return all gear to proper storage place

Kayaking Check List

Required equipment needed:

  1. Paddle
  2. Personal flotation device (PFD)
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. VHF radio & cell phone
  5. Whistle

You must also bring:

  1. Good Shoes - Old but functional sneakers⁄shoes⁄tevas for mud, water, jetty, oyster reefs. No flip flops or sandals as they won't protect your feet
  2. Appropriate clothes for getting wet and muddy
  3. Insect repellent
  4. Water

You should bring:

  1. A dry bag for carrying all items that must remain dry
  2. Sun block - It should be a high SPF and waterproof and should be applied 30 minutes before launch.
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Hat
  5. Bag for packing out trash

You might want to bring:

  1. Camera 
  2. Binoculars
  3. Field Guides
  4. Towel
  5. Snacks