104 W Church Point Rd., North East, MD 21901
(877) 523-9555
info@bayventureoutfitters.com

Policies

Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals and More!

All renters will take seriously all advice and instructions given by Bay Venture Outfitters staff.

A Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement along with credit card information is required to be held on file. We do not accept cash.

All rentals are subject to 6% Maryland Sales Tax and 5% Maryland Admission and Amusements Tax.

Kayaking Age Requirements:

Over 18 – Rent with signed waiver.
Under 18 – May be in a solo kayak on water alone with signed waiver by parent or guardian.
Under 16 – May be in a solo kayak accompanied on water by parent or guardian with signed waiver by parent or guardian.
Under 10 – Rent with signed waiver by parent or guardian, accompanied by parent or guardian on a tandem watercraft.

In the interest of not only your safety, but in ensuring your best experience, we reserve the right to substitute equipment for children based upon size, ability, and experience. We may instruct and provide you with a complimentary tow rope to ensure your child’s safety.

Kayaking Weight Requirements:

Minimum weight requirement is 30 pounds for our life jackets. 
Recommended maximum weight limit is 275 for solo kayaks. Maximum weight limit set by manufacturer is 325 pounds for solo kayaks. Recommended maximum weight limit is 500 for tandem kayaks. Maximum weight limit set by manufacturer is 575 pounds for tandem kayaks.

Standup Paddleboard Age Requirements:

Over 18 – Rent with signed waiver.
Age 16-17 – May use a stand up paddle board on the water alone, but parent or guardian must sign waiver.
Over 14 – May use a stand up paddle board accompanied on water by parent or guardian with signed waiver by parent or guardian.

Lifejackets
All renters will wear a PFD (person floatation device/lifejacket), clipped and properly adjusted at all times and will dress appropriately for the air and water conditions on the day of my paddle. We recommend light clothing appropriate for getting wet. We reserve the right to deny rental to persons with overly bulky or unsafe clothing. Footwear is strongly recommended for rentals.

Boat Traffic
All renters will respect and avoid all other boat traffic and are aware that motorized vessels may not see me and it is your responsibility to stay out of their way.

Weather 
All renters will pay close attention to the weather and return to shore if observing gathering thunderstorms, high winds, or other potentially dangerous conditions. Watercraft rentals may be limited to the north East Creek and Stoney Run when the average wind speed reaches 20 mph (Small Craft Advisory) and any water craft in the North East River will be called in. In the event inclement weather Bay Venture Outfitters will close and remain closed until 30 minutes have passed since the last lightning flash and/or last thunder clap.

A Clear Mind
All renters understand water sports require good judgment and focus, and that if suspected of intoxication you will be asked to leave without a rental and/or refund.

Time Policy
In order to guarantee that your desired equipment is available for your reservation we place a hold on the equipment potentially turning away other customers that may try to reserve. Due to this all reservations are charged for the full time regardless of when the equipment is returned.

A fifteen (15) minute grace period is allowed for time overages, beyond that renters will be automatically be rebooked for the next larger time slot if the time slot is available or we will send a staff member to remind you to return your rental and charge a late fee of $25 per person. Example: at 2 hours and 15 minutes on water an “up to two hour” rental will be upgraded to an “up to four hour” rental.

Pets
Life Jackets MUST be worn. Pet life jackets are not available for rent. You are liable for damages to equipment caused by pets, including my not limited to scratches and rips in decking and foam topper.

Loading/Unloading
Due to liability we will not provide any materials (straps, etc.), guidance, recommendation, or physical help to secure rented equipment to your vehicle. Before and after photographs will be taken and renters will be charged for any damages to equipment during rented time period. 

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