As kayaking continues to grow in popularity, more and more people are choosing to rent a
kayak instead of buying one. While renting a kayak can be an exciting and rewarding
experience, it is essential to ask the right questions before renting a kayak. Knowing the right
questions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for everyone involved.
Four main questions should always be asked when renting a kayak:
1. Kayak Style to Rent
For those just starting with kayaking, it's essential to recognise the differences between different
kayaks. Recreational kayaks are the perfect choice for a beginner looking to rent a boat for a
short time on a calm lake. These kayaks are wide and provide great stability, giving you peace
of mind while you paddle. However, a touring kayak is a way if you're planning to take a longer
journey. These boats are designed with storage in mind and are much narrower, which makes
them better suited for open waters.
When renting a kayak, it's important to know the different sizes and types of kayaks available.
Longer kayaks are better for multi-week trips, as they can store more food and supplies. Shorter
kayaks are better for day trips. Sit-on-top kayaks are a great option for new kayakers, families,
or those who want to go fishing, as they provide more exposure to sun and water.
2. Solo Or Tandem
Decide if you want to kayak alone or with someone else. Tandem kayaks are great for those
who may be apprehensive but have a friend to paddle with for reassurance and support. It's
also a great option for paddling with a child who might not be ready to do it independently.
When renting a kayak, you can paddle with a companion in a tandem kayak or go solo in your
own boat. Experienced kayakers may enjoy practising their teamwork skills and making their
experience more meaningful. If the tandem experience doesn't work out, you can always switch
to a solo kayak on your next rental.
3. Guided or Paddle By Yourself
If you're an outdoors enthusiast seeking a thrilling excursion to explore the beauty of nature, you
can seek out a kayak rental shop. From beginner lessons to more advanced skill clinics, they
can provide the guidance and instruction needed for a safe and enjoyable journey. An outfitter
can be hired to accompany you, offering tips and insights about the area for an even more
memorable experience.
If you want to hit the water with a kayak, you can explore independently or follow a route
outlined by an experienced guide. Renting a boat and necessary equipment is available at many
kayaking shops, and many of them also provide shuttles to get you back to the starting point.

4. Ensure Everything Is Working
This guide can help you inspect a kayak before you take it on a long journey. Look over the
exterior of the kayak and check for any major dents or scratches that could impact its
performance. Make sure that the inner outfitting of the kayak is not damaged. Test the skeg or
rudder to ensure that it works properly.
Ensure the grab loop is secure, that the skirt has no holes, that the hatches open and close
correctly, and that all deck rigging is in place. This can give you peace of mind when you take
the kayak out for a long trip, so you can rest assured that it will function as expected.
Renting a kayak is a great way to explore the outdoors and have fun. It is important to ask the
right questions and consider the essential factors before committing to a rental. This ensures
that you can make an informed decision on which kayak rental best suits your needs and
Moose Canoe Hire is the friendly canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rental centre
with our base on the River Thames at Bisham Abbey near Marlow. We love the River Thames
and will do our very best to offer you the best service and experience possible. If you’re looking
for a kayak for hire on the River Thames, look no further! Book online now!