FAQs About the Wetcard Kayak Certificate (Våttkortkurs kajakk kort)
Do you need a våttkort to rent a kayak?
Yes. Most kayak companies in Oslo and Norway will require you to have a våttkort to rent a kayak and go paddling without a guide. At Mad Goats we allow you to rent kayak as long as one person in the group has their våttkort, however we recommend that everyone has a våttkort. We have several kayak rental (kajakk utleie) locations along the central Oslo waterfront: Bjørvika, Tjuvholmen and Lysaker/Sollerudstranda.
What is a våttkort?
A våttkort is NPF’s course and certification system for paddling in Norway. NPF certified instructors can issue the relevant våttkort on completion of a kayaking or pack rafting våttkort course. (In practice you get one card and a new sticker for each course.)
How do I get a våttkort?
You will be issued a våttkort on completion of any NPF våttkort course. Most kayakers or pack rafters start with the 3-hour Sea Kayaking Introduction Course or the 5-hr Whitewater kayaking/pack rafting course. If you are planning to rent a sea kayak further north, such as in Lofoten, you will probably need a minimum of a 14-hour Sea Kayaking Basic Course.
Are there different types of våttkorts?
Lots! All different types of paddling activities are covered, such as whitewater kayaking and packing, sea kayaking, flat water and canoeing, with the exception of stand up paddling, which “technically” falls under surfing due to its Hawaiian roots – so no, you do not need a våttkort to rent a SUP board from us!
I’ve lost my våttkort!
NPF can issue you a replacement. Send an email including your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you offer packrafting?
Yes, pack rafting has started to become very popular in Norway due to pack raft being light to carry and very stable on the water, allowing everyone to enjoy Norways amazing whitewater rivers while feeling safe and secure – get in touch if you want to try out pack rafting with us up in Oslo or Sjoa, Norway. Mad Goats offers both beginner packrack våttkortkurs courses and tours!
Are the courses in English?
All our public courses are taught in English. If you would like to arrange a private course or tour to be taught in Norwegian, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
FAQs About Paddling Equipment
Will you provide a wetsuit?
For most of our courses, we provide wetsuits in the summer and drysuits in the winter. The general rule is when the water temp gets over 12 degrees we make the switch, usually sometime in May.
For more advanced courses we assume you have your own kayaking equipment, but if not, you can rent from us for a small fee.
What do I need to bring?
For all rentals and tours, we provide a SUP or kayak, life vest, and paddle as a minimum. For kayak rental, we also include a spray skirts. For river tours we also provide a helmet. We always recommend dressing appropriately for the time of year and weather conditions. If you are joining our Akersleva Kayak Tour, we recommend wearing rain pants if you do not want to get wet – water can sometimes splash into the area.
Do you have double kayaks?
No. All of our kayaks are single kayaks. When renting a SUP, you can take a dog or small child with an adult.
Can I paddle in winter?
Yes, we love kayaking all year! You need to have a våttkort and wear a drysuit (which we include in our winter kayak rentals).
I have booked a course that involves camping. Do I need to bring my own tent?
Yes, you need to bring all your own camping gear. All your gear needs to fit in a kayak – please see How to pack for an overnight kayak trip for helpful tips! We have dry bags you can borrow if needed. The only courses which include camping is our “16hr våttkort Grunnkurs i Havkajakk” where we camp on an island in Sandvika, Oslo, or if you want to camp while on a “elvepadling våttkort kajakkurs” in Sjoa, either the Grunnkurs Elv or Introkurs Elv.
FAQs Kayaking and Sauna Bookings
Do you cancel tours if it rains?
No! Paddling is just as fun in the rain. Bring waterproof clothes, and we promise you will have a blast! We only cancel kayaking tours, våttkortkurs kayak courses and kayak or SUP rentals if the wind speed is too strong or there is heavy lightning in the area. If the Akersleva river water-level gets to high then we do have to cancel any Akerselva kayaking tours due to safety reasons.
We would only cancel sauna (badstue) bookings in Oslo if there was an extreme weather event in Norway or if there was need to close a sauna for repairs. We at Mad Goats are very chill and nice so if you get in touch with us in advance we are usually happy to rebook / change your sauna booking to another date and time that suits you.
FAQs About Sauna Use
What do I need to bring?
Two towels (one to sit on), lots of drinking water and swim wear. If you would like it steamy, bring extra drinking water to throw some on the stones – but please never put saltwater on the sauna oven!
Do you offer sauna memberships?
Currently Mad Goats has two saunas in Tjuvholmen in central Oslo, so we are only offering pre-booked slots at our public sessions or private bookings – we are on Bruce and have slots all day Monday to Friday! If you are a hardcore regular sauna lover who likes to go many times per week, and are looking for a great value community sauna, then check out Oslo Fjord Sauna run by our partners Fjord CleanUP.
Ps, Mad Goats will offer sauna (badstue) membership from October this year (2023). We will have 3 options – year membership, 1 month membership and a year member with a 50% discount. Stay tuned for more information on this closer to the fall.
FAQs Kayaking and Sauna Community in Oslo
I’m new to Oslo and would like people to paddle or sauna with…
We feel you. Most of us are from other countries too. That’s why we have a Facebook group called Mad Goats Tribe – become a member, introduce yourself and arrange trips with fellow paddlers. Our public sauna is also a great place to get to know new people in a relaxed and happy environment. We would also recommend joining the Fjord CleanUP voluntary clean up events where you will meet lots of positive and friendly people – and get to help clean up Oslo!