"Safety First!"

At Barossa Kayak Hire we want you to feel confident and most importantly safe on the water, even if you have never kayaked before. So if you are a complete novice don't worry. We provide all the equipment and local knowledge you will need to get started - making your hire a relaxing and enjoyable experience on the tranquil reservoir waters. We do ask that you comply with the following conditions regarding Weight Capacities, PFDs and Life Vests, Online Pre-Check In to help us ensure your safety and enjoyment on the reservoir waters.

Weight Capacities

Maximum passenger weights:
  • Single kayak  - individual  passenger 120kgs max.
  • Double kayak  - combined  passenger weight 220kgs max.

The maximum passenger weight for single kayaks is 120kgs.  For doubles the maximum combined weight of all passengers must not exceed 220kgs. In the interest of safety, these maximum weight capacities MUST be adhered to. BKH reserves the right to alter the kayak manifest regarding passenger weights to ensure maximum stability on the water.

PFDs and Life Vests

  • We only supply P.F.Ds. (Personal Flotation Devices/Buoyancy Aids) for adults over 40kg and for children over 25kgs. PFDs are only suitable to persons who can swim in the case of an emergency.

  • Our PFDs may not be suitable for some persons with physical disabilities.

  • We do not stock life-vests or life jackets for non-swimmers*. Non-swimmers wishing to kayak with us must supply their own life-vest/jacket and present to a member of BKH for a water safety compliance inspection prior to commencing the hire.

*(i.e. persons who CAN NOT swim.) With the exception of toddlers and small children with a weight between 15kg and 25kg. Limited life-vests (Level 100) are available for this category and can be hired on a first come, first served basis.


Online Pre-Check In

Please note in the interest of safety it is vitally important that all persons who will be onboard  our kayaks complete a Pre-Check In as soon as possible after  making a booking request . Accurate weights and information must be  provided.  This is for insurance, water safety and to help us plan for your day.
A Pre-Check In MUST be completed for ALL child passengers. 


To ensure your kayak hire goes without a hitch please be aware of the following:

Due to reservoir access restrictions we do not operate during days of Total Fire Ban or days where reservoirs have been closed by SA Water for other operational reasons. To avoid disappointment we advise checking ahead via SA Water and/or CFS website.

We will always aim to reschedule or refund the equipment hire cost in these circumstances but also recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover any additional out of pocket expenses that may occur as a result.

You must comply with all rules and regulations regarding reservoir use as stipulated by SA Water and Government of South Australia.


"We had an excellent afternoon on Sunday...a lovely afternoon exploring the reservoir. Will definitely be going back."

D. Schumacher

"We had a great day out and would thoroughly recommend Barossa Kayak Hire if you're looking for something fun to do on the weekend. What gorgeous scenery and super helpful and friendly people."

"We had a fabulous time!"

E. Barnett

A. Robb