If you’ve never rented a kayak or paddleboard from Coastal Expeditions, you probably have a few questions. We welcome phone calls, so if you want to chat please call us up! Otherwise, you may browse this list of the FAQ’s that we get to see if what you’re looking for is listed here.
WHAT DOES A RENTAL INCLUDE?
Everything that you need to go paddling. We provide the kayak or paddleboard, paddle, PFD, dry bag and a waterproof map.
Before we get you on the water, we’ll fit you to the gear and give you a brief instruction on how to use the equipment. Our guides assist with your entry and exit at the dock to make sure that your entire experience is enjoyable.
WHAT IF I’VE NEVER BEEN KAYAKING OR PADDLEBOARDING BEFORE?
That’s great! Our three on-water locations are perfect for first-time paddlers. We’ll outfit you in the best gear, teach you the basics and give you advice on where to go on the protected creeks where our outposts are located. Our rentals are designed to be fun for all ages and skill levels.
HOW LONG IS A RENTAL?
We offer different durations, depending on what you want to do. Refer to our rentals page for the details and rates. You don’t have to stay out for the entire time that you rent, but you have the option. We give you a little more than than you’ll probably want to be out because we don’t want you to feel rushed.
WILL YOU SHOW ME WHERE TO GO?
That’s all part of our service! We’ll orient you to the creek and give you a waterproof map to take with you. Using daily tide and wind information, we’ll give you advice on which route to take to have the most enjoyable time.
MAY I TAKE THE GEAR SOMEWHERE ELSE? DO YOU DELIVER?
Yes, you can rent our equipment to take to another location and we will deliver for a fee. The best way to set this up is to call or text the office at (843)884-7864 and we’ll fill you in on the details.
There are places you can’t go, like oceanside or out to a barrier island. Without a guide, it is too dangerous.
WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS?
To rent gear, you must be 18 years or older. If you are 16 or 17, you can go out without a parent as long as your parent signs a waiver. Children 12 and under must sit in the front of a tandem kayak with an adult.
MAY I BRING MY DOG?
Sure! We’re dog lovers around here. Call us before you arrive so that we can reserve the right kind of kayak or paddleboard for your adventure. Only small dogs can go paddleboarding (larger breeds ruin the boards with their nails).
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
The one thing we require is a pair of shoes that will stay on your feet just in case you need to get out. There are oysters along the edges of the creeks and they are razor sharp. Having on a pair of sports sandals or old tennis shoes will keep you safe.
Otherwise, we recommend a hat and synthetic, quick-drying clothes.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR THE LIFEJACKET?
It is required by the U.S. Coast Guard that you have a life jacket with you at all times. When you leave our dock, you’ll be wearing your PFD and we recommend that you wear it the entire time that you are out.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You’ll want sunscreen and drinking water. You can bring it with you or purchase it from us when you arrive.
Don’t bring anything out with you that you care about (like your car keys). We have a safe spot for you to put a bag or valuables in our retail shop while you’re out. If you want to bring a camera or phone out with you, ask for a dry bag to keep it in.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Twenty-four hours prior to your scheduled rental time. Please call us to let us know if you aren’t coming.
IS THERE ANYWHERE I CAN GET OUT AND WALK AROUND OR EXPLORE?
Yes, if the tide isn’t too high. Just let us know that you want to do that and we’ll show on the map some places that will work.