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  • Do I have to be able to swim?
    Yes, we do ask that anyone hiring equipment from us is able to swim.
  • Can my friends use the equipment I’ve hired?
    Only people who have listened to the safety brief and have agreed to the terms and conditions of hire are permitted to use the equipment.
  • Do I have to be staying on St Martin’s?
    No, you can choose your hire time to fit in with inter island boating. There is an 08:45 boat daily from St Mary's if you want to book our equipment for the day. Daily boat times from St Mary's can be found here.
  • What do I do with the equipment if I’m hiring for a week?
    If you’re hiring for more than a day we just ask you to pull the kayak well above the high water line. Please take your paddles and buoyancy aids back to your holiday accommodation every evening. The SUPs are inflatable and come in a bag, including a pump. At the end of your hire period please return the equipment to Par Beach at the time arranged in the safety brief.
  • Is the hire weather dependent?
    Yes, because your safety is our primary concern. If the wind speed is predicted to be above 18 knots in any direction, then we will cancel your hire. Read our blog rating the weather apps that we use to keep an eye on the weather.
  • What’s included in the price of the hire?
    As well as the kayak or SUP you will have paddles, a leash, a buoyancy aid, whistle and a waterproof housing for your mobile phone. We can also provide doggy lifejackets. If you want to have additional dry storage we hire out 15L drybags.
  • Do I need a phone with me?
    Yes, lovely as it is to be away from technology while on holiday, for your safety, you must have a charged mobile phone with you which is switched on. We will provide, as part of your hire, a waterproof mobile phone case.
  • Can children paddle on their own?
    Yes, just please make sure they are within shouting distance of you at all times.
  • Where can I paddle to?
    We have four areas you are allowed to explore and you will be given a map showing your area during the safety brief. The choice of areas will depend on the weather and sea conditions, your experience and the equipment you are hiring. Check out our blog listing what we think are the best beaches to kayak to.
  • What if the weather deteriorates?
    We will keep a close eye on the weather; if it deteriorates we will contact you on the number you have given us to advise you to return to St Martin’s.
  • Do I need previous experience?
    You don’t need previous experience but you must be able to swim All our equipment is self righting and we will allocate you a zone depending on the level of your experience and the weather and sea conditions.
  • What else can I do on St Martin’s?
    For a small island, St Martin’s has a lot to offer. Once you've had fun out on the water there are two cafes, Little Arthur and Polreath, and a Bakery in Higher Town as well as the Post Office and general stores. You can also eat in Lower Town at the Sevenstones Inn and Karma St Martin's. If you're looking for other things to do on St Martin's, you can snorkel with seals, go out on a glass bottomed boat or visit the Vineyard. If' you're after some retail therapy there's Fay Page, Middletown Barn Honesty shop and North Farm Gallery. For more detailed information about the island, please visit our community website or visit
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