We know you have questions. If they are not answered here, please feel free to give us a call during normal business hours at (252) 725-3065, and we will be more than happy to answer anything that you might be wondering about.
IMPORTANT: Everyone who wishes to participate on the water with Beaufort Paddle must have a filled out & signed Assumption of Risk form. Please click THIS LINK to download the document and fill out ahead of time, or feel free to fill one out when you come see us.
What if this is my first time kayaking or paddle boarding?
No problem! A large percentage of our customers have never set foot on the water. Our experienced staff will go through all the steps to ease you into one of our favorite pastimes. Careful though, this type of fun is highly addictive.
What should I bring?
We suggest wearing a swimsuit or other comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting wet. In addition to this we ask that you bring water-shoes or foot protection, a towel, sun screen or sun hat, and some sort of waterproof container if you wish to take along camera or phone.
Don't sweat it if you forget some of these basic items, we have them on hand for you to use free of charge.
What should I not bring?
Please do not bring the following: Your out-of-control pets, expensive electronics other than a phone if you want to take photos, alcohol, firearms, and illegal drugs. The obvious stuff.
What about parking?
For Beaufort Paddle customers parking is free and easily accessible at our location.
Do I have to wear a life jacket?
In accordance with US Federal regulations we require all participants under the age of 14 to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while out on the water. During any instruction session with Beaufort Paddle, we request that everyone wear a PFD, just for safety.
What is included with my rental?
Your rental includes a US Coast Guard approved PFD, kayak or paddle board, and accompanying paddle. Smiles and laughter also included, free of charge.
What if there is bad weather?
A little light rain has never stopped us from having fun out on the water, but extreme high winds, thunder, lightening, and other inclement weather is our signal to halt all operations until it passes. Before you even leave the dock with us, you will be given proper instruction as what to do if you are caught in bad weather.
Is there an age limit for paddle boarding or kayaking?
Yes. The age limit for operating a paddleboard and kayak alone is 11, unless they are taking a lesson with a Beaufort Paddle staff member. That being said, even toddlers can enjoy the water as long as they are on board with an adult who is 18 years of age or older.
Is there a weight limit?
We abide by the manufacturer's specifications and weight restrictions for each model of kayak, and have models to accommodate participants up to 350lbs.
When am I supposed to be back at the dock?
We generally require you to be back at the dock before 5:00pm, but you are welcome to stay out longer if you simply let us know before you head out on the water.