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Frequently Asked Questions
What is at the Team Leadership Center?
What leadership/team building adventures do you offer?
What are the age restrictions for kayak and zip line tours?
Our smallest personal flotation device (PFD) at Whitefish Dunes State Park is rated for 30-50 lbs. The Mink River Tour is a more leisurely paddle for younger kids.
We have no age limits on zip lining. Our youngest is 11 months. Kids just need to be able to fit into our children’s harnesses and can, when needed, tandem zip with an adult. 86 is our oldest zip liner, so the sky is the limit!
Do you ever provide off-site programs?
Is the center open year round?
What kind of clothing and shoes should participants wear?
What if I am not comfortable participating in an activity?
Can I fall?
What does “belay” mean?
What group sizes can you work with?
What about safety? Are you safe?
Yes, we have been operating as a professional climbing and kayaking company for more than 20 years. We have never had a citation, severe injury, or loss! Our professionally trained/certified staff and safety record sets us apart from the rest of the commercial outfitters in Door County.
What about our guides? Are they well trained?
Safety & professional training is one of the things that sets Door County Adventure Center apart. Every one of our team members is CPR & First Aid certified. Our guides are trained & assessed according to international standards set by the American Canoe Association (ACA) or the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), in their respective fields. Our kayak guides complete an ACA Coastal Day Trip Leader Training and Assessment throughout their first season of employment with us. In addition, all kayak guides are required to participate in on-going practice of kayak skills such as rescues, navigation, group management, and open water paddling. Our zip line guides and ropes course facilitators complete an ACCT training and certification exam focusing on areas of zip line guiding, rescues, soft facilitation skills, technical belay skills, and ropes course management.
What exactly is a sea kayak?
Our sea kayaks vary in length from 14-22 feet, and have two bulkheads sealing off watertight compartments in the front and back of the boat. We require all guides and participants to wear a spray deck/skirt while paddling. Lake Michigan is COLD! The spray deck serves to keep water out of the cockpit, enabling the paddler to stay warmer and drier. Your time on the water will be much more enjoyable, reducing the potential for hypothermia. In the unlikely event of a boat capsize, the spray deck releases quickly. We love sea kayaking in its traditional form and use this type of boat for our sea kayak tours. Our rental kayaks are recreational sit-on top kayaks.
So what is a recreational paddling tour?
Participants usually paddle about 2.5 hours in a sea kayak on our Caves & Dunes tours and our Mink River tours. For our Bridge to Bridge tour we utilize sit-on top kayaks. We welcome any ability and experience level. Basic safety, boat control, and paddle stroke instruction is included before departing on the tour.
Cancellation Policy for Zip/Kayak Tours
If you must cancel we require a 72 hour advanced notice for a full refund. If you notify us 48 hours in advance, you will get a 50% refund. If you do not call 48 hours in advance of your reservation your credit card will be billed per your reservation. If you do not show up it will be charged in full.