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 signed the terms of hire are permitted to use the equipment.
Do I have to be staying on St Martin’s?
No, we can arrange your hire time to fit in with inter island boating.
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.
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 a mobile phone. You can also hire a 12 L dry bag and an action camera.
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. We will provide you with a waterproof housing for your phone.
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 conditions, your experience and the equipment you are hiring.
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 your experience and the weather conditions.
What else can I do on St Martin’s?
For a small island, St Martin’s has a lot to offer. You can go snorkelling with seals. There are two cafes, Little Arthur and Polreath, and a bakery in Higher Town as well as the Post Office and general stores and North Farm Gallery. The Seven Stones Inn and Karma St Martin’s Hotel are located in Lower Town. You can get fresh locally grown vegetables from Scilly Organics and Scillonian Fayre and freshly caught wet fish and shellfish from local fishermen. For more detailed information about the island please visit our community website www.stmartinsscilly.co.uk