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Kayak Rental Policy

We require that anyone who is not familiar with kayak rescue skills stay close to shore, in a specific area, when they are renting our kayaks and paddling on Casco Bay. Click here for more detail on what that means. Casco Bay is a dynamic environment with swift currents, cold waters and heavy boat traffic in areas. Taking safety seriously is paramount. Please be prepared to have a "safety talk" with our staff when you arrive and be aware that we may place limits on where you can paddle based on weather conditions and your experience level.

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety while renting a kayak. If you'd prefer to paddle with an expert guide, consider our sea kayak tours

HOW TO BOOK A RENTAL

Reservations are not required, but we strongly encourage booking in advance to ensure that a kayak is available when you want one. Click the blue button on this page or call us at 207-370-9730. Choose between making a 25% deposit or paying upfront. Click here to read our cancellation policy. 

KIDS: Minimum age for rentals is 7. Our staff may increase the age requirement based on weather conditions and paddling experience. We recommend our guided Family Paddle

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RATES

*All kayak rentals include paddle, lifejacket, sprayskirt and dry bag.*

Solo Sea Kayaks

1 hour: $25
2 hours: $35
Half-day: $40
Full day: $55 (+$40 per additional day)
Weekly: $225

TANDEM SEA KAYAKS

1 hour: $35
2 hours: $45
Half day: $55
Full day: $70 (+$50 per additional day)
Weekly: $295

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OTHER GEAR
Wetsuit: $10 per day ($5 with tour/lesson)
PFD/Sprayskirt/paddle: $10 each item per day (free with kayak rental)
Deck compass, nautical charts, other misc. paddling gear: Ask for rates. 

FREQUENT PADDLER CLUB: Repeat customers are eligible to receive a Frequent Paddler Card. Benefits include discounted rentals, invitations to special trips and first dibs at our year-end gear sale. Details here

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR RENTING SEA KAYAKS

We want all Portland residents and visitors to have the opportunity to paddle Casco Bay. That's why our tours and lessons are open to people of all skill levels. 

Photo: Hillary Eggers Photography

Our kayak rentals, however, are generally only available to those with self-rescue skills or those who are content to stay near the mainland within a designated Shore Zone. That means we only allow paddlers who know how to re-enter a kayak after a capsize to venture to the nearby islands.  Anyone who paddles onto the exposed waters of Casco Bay without this knowledge (or someone else who has that knowledge) is taking an extremely high risk. Casco Bay is a potentially dangerous environment due to its very cold waters, busy boat traffic and exposure to the conditions of the Atlantic Ocean (including sudden fog and strong winds). It can be extremely difficult to re-enter a kayak in cold and turbulent water without the proper skills and knowledge. 

You can learn the self-rescue skills required for renting kayaks by taking our Kayak Rescue Clinic or a similar course offered at any other kayaking outfitter. We recommend first taking our  Intro to Sea Kayaking course if you have little kayaking experience.