Kayak Rental, Individuals
We use sit-on-top kayaks that are designed for performance and ease of use. While others offer the sit-inside type of kayak, we use sit-on-top kayaks for the sole purpose of making self rescue possible. Our kayak rentals can be booked in advance or on walk-up basis. All renters must be able to swim, with a minimum age of 10 years old to paddle solo in his/her own kayak. Exceptions to this may be made according to weather conditions and physical ability of the child. All renters stay within the protected flat water area of the harbor only. No open ocean or surf rentals allowed at this time. Renters receive lots of instruction prior to launch. It's easy and fun for all!
Kayak Rental, Groups (10 or more)
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We use sit-on-top kayaks that are designed for comfort and ease of use. We can accomodate large groups up to 34 paddlers at once. Paddlers can choose to team up and use double kayaks, or paddle solo in single kayaks. The group rate applies to groups with 10 or more paddlers launching at the same time. You can choose to go out unattended or ask to have your group guided by a certified instructor who can help keep your group together and lead you to specific destinations. A guide is recommended if your group includes youth.
Easy Dock Launching with the YakPort
To make launching kayaks off our dock safer and more comfortable, we use a device that connects to our dock, called the YakPort. It allows a paddler to step into the kayak with ease with less chance of falling in the water while launching.
Looking for a launch assist for your own dock? The YakPort can be used with your existing floating dock, or it can be attached to an added sub-dock. Either way, it makes getting in and out of a kayak much easier. Check out the video below, and then come try it out here with us! We are a YakPort dealer and can help you find the set up that will work best for you.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What is the best time to try kayaking?
Kayaking is much easier to do than paddleboarding when it is windy. For that reason, we allow kayaks to launch in winds greater than we do for paddleboarding. This is because the kayaks are heavier, sit lower in the water, and the paddler is seated rather than standing. We will launch kayaks in wind up to 15 miles per hour, but it is much more enjoyable to come out when the wind is 10 miles per hour or less. Morning hours and early evening hours are magical, even if the air temperature is a little lower!
What should I wear?
Try layering in clothing made of polyester, nylon, spandex or other synthetics. Cotton will soak up water and won't dry quickly. Think of wearing what you would wear if you were going to the gym for yoga, or going for a jog. A light windbreaker is a good idea too. Ideally, a short wetsuit during Spring and Summer months and a full suit during Winter can be used. Both wetsuits and drysuits can be rented from the shop if you forget to wear the proper clothing!
Can I bring my dog?
We use sit-on-top style kayaks rather than sit-inside kayaks because we want paddlers to be able to self rescue in the event of capsize. This means that there is no comfortable place for a dog to sit. We consider dogs on a case by case basis. If your dog is 25 lbs. or less, has a float vest and lead, and is familiar with the water and can sit still, we may allow you to carry a dog.
Should I take my phone?
Sure... if you have a dry case and a way to keep it afloat if you drop it! We rent and sell dry bags from our shop if you don't have one. It's great to be able to take photos of your outing! But it's a real bummer to lose your phone. If you are paddling alone and want to bring a phone in case of emergency, consider renting one of our marine radios instead of bringing your phone. Also, we rent GoPro cameras so you can capture your memories of kayaking in beautiful Morro Bay!
Why do kids need to be 10 years old to paddle a kayak solo?
In our experience of renting equipment to a wide range of people over the course of five years, children who are younger than 10 frequently lack sufficient physical strength and coordination to paddle. This makes it difficult for kids to keep up with other members which leads to frustration. If conditions are ideal, with zero wind or strong tidal current, we sometimes make exceptions to this minimum age rule. We want everyone to have a successful, safe, and fun time on the water! Children who are younger than 10 who want to be on their own kayak may be assisted using a rope tow if the adult paddler has experience paddling.
Can I rent a kayak if I have never done it before?
Sure thing! It's easy with the amount of instruction that we provide before launching you! You'll learn all the necessary basic things about launching, maintaining stability, and how to paddle, turn, and stop the kayak. We will make sure you are in a kayak that best suits your weight and skill level.
What types of kayaking equipment do you rent?
We have chosen to use equipment made in USA for our kayak rentals. Crescent Kayaks is a relatively young company but meet our requirements as a business dedicated to quality and performance. Our kayaks are built for comfort and stability and at the same time offer very straight tracking. We keep our equipment looking new at all times. Our paddles are performance paddles made by Bending Branches as well as Werner. Well designed paddles that are lightweight make for a more pleasurable paddling experience.