What a fantastic trip! After a quick "Kayaks for Dummies" lesson this novice paddler set out with Patrick in his 2-man kayak for a midweek Bridge Paddle. We left early morning and travelled a sedate 11km in 2.5-3 hours, taking in some of the bays around the harbour as well my personal favourite - the chance to paddle under the harbour bridge alongside the ferries and other morning traffic.
This trip really does offer a unique perspective on Sydney, and provides the opportunity to see the city from the water in a way just not possible from a ferry. Patrick is both knowledgeable and passionate about his home city. His insight on Sydney (from the first settlers to current events making the news) complimented the views on offer. As part of the trip Patrick will also provide photos of your paddle - saving you risking your camera in the water.
As someone who has never paddled before I felt 100% safe in Patrick's company. As well as clearly having a lot of experience paddling Sydney Harbour, Patrick uses modern equipment and carries safety kit (not that we needed it). Any concerns I had about paddling out into the harbour disappeared the moment we left the shore.
Overall this is a 5 star experience which I recommend to anyone searching for something a little bit different away from the tourist masses. You won't regret it!
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