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. If you are booking more than one week in advance you will have the option of making a 25% deposit. 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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*All kayak rentals include paddle, lifejacket, sprayskirt and dry bag.*
Solo Sea Kayaks
1 hour: $25
2 hours: $30
Half-day (up to 5 hours): $40
Full day (up to 10 hours): $55 (+$40 per additional day)
TANDEM SEA KAYAKS
1 hour: $35
2 hours: $45
Half day (up to 5 hours): $55
Full day (up to 10 hours): $70 (+$50 per additional day)
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
Our kayak rentals, however, are generally only available to those with kayak 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.
If you are paddling on the open waters of Casco Bay and Portland harbor you should also have the skills and equipment to take each of the following steps:
-- Be prepared to navigate with a chart and compass. Fog often rolls in very quickly from the open ocean drastically decreasing visibility. It is virtually impossible to paddle from any of the islands to the mainland through fog without any navigation skills or equipment.
-- Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. A wetsuit or drysuit is always a wise choice. Cotton clothing is not a wise choice because it will not keep you warm when wet. If you are not wearing a wetsuit or drysuit it is best to wear other synthetic layers.
-- Be prepared to navigate boat traffic. There are enormous ships and small speedboats that cruise Portland harbor. If you have no experience or knowledge related to dealing with these vessels you should not be paddling a kayak through boat channels. You should know how to be visible to these vessels and communicate with them if need be. It is always wise to carry a VHF marine radio, which we rent for $20/day.
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. You can learn sea kayak navigation skills in our Ocean Skills Workshop series. We recommend first taking our Intro to Sea Kayaking course if you have little kayaking experience.