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Day-Use Kayak Rentals

If you have previous kayaking experience and you’re interested in doing a self-guided paddle, Sitka Wild Coast Kayaks would be happy to provide you with kayaks & gear through our rental department.  We also welcome the opportunity to provide our wealth of knowledge about possible half- and full-day paddling routes, and answer any questions you might have.

What Is Included

All sea kayak rentals include: life vest, spray skirt, paddle, bilge pump, sponge, laminated chart(s) of the intended paddling area, and assistance designing your float plan. Rescue floats are available on request.

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Rental Requirements

At the time of booking your kayaks we will ask you to give some background regarding your previous kayak experience.  We are not trying to put you on the spot – this is done only to ensure you’ll receive the appropriate type of information during your 15-30 minute orientation session.  All renters must be able to demonstrate, on land, the proper technique for a self-rescue.   

Essential Criteria

  1. People or parties wishing to rent kayaks must be able to adhere to all the criteria for guided tours as well as the following:
  2. People or parties wishing to rent equipment must prove their prior knowledge and use of the equipment through telephone or other personal (non-text, email, etc.) interviews and provide detailed background experience of paddling in open water. Verification is determined by the owner.
  3. Renters must file a float plan with SWCK before arrival in Sitka.
  4. Renters must carry all the same communication equipment as the SWCK guide.
  5. Renters must arrange adequate shore support either through SWCK or another verifiable entity.
  6. Renters must be able to make conservative decisions regarding their skills concerning potentially changing conditions and act accordingly.

Damaged, Broken or Lost Equipment

Please refer to our policies page for equipment and gear that is damaged, broken, lost or returned in exeptionally dirty condition.

What You Should Bring

Layered clothing, comfortable shoes, rain gear, a warm hat, sunglasses, water bottle & snacks.  Don’t forget your camera, and bring your cell phone (we have good coverage in Sitka Sound).