The 2022 Bellingham Traverse is Saturday, September 10th and we have rental boats, wet exit & recovery classes, and private lessons available to those participating in the paddling leg of the race. Below you can find all the details you should know about the race-day boat rental we offer.


Rental Boats Available

  • Sea Kayaks
  • Tandem Sea Kayaks
  • Sit-on-Top Kayaks
  • Tandem Sit-on-Top Kayaks
  • Paddleboards

Rental Details

  • All paddlers who want to rent a sea kayak must have experience with wet exits and self-recoveries to rent from us. 
  • We charge $120 for the full race-day rental. Reservations are required and can be made online, over the phone, or in-person.
  • Your $120 rental includes the boat and all necessary safety gear.
    • Kayak rentals include a life jacket, paddle, spray skirt, bilge pump, and paddle float.
  • Sorry, we do not rent canoes (check out Western Canoe & Kayak in Abbotsford, B.C.)
  • Paddle jackets, wetsuits, and dry-bags can be rented at $5/day for each item.
  • We require a security deposit of $500 (written check) at the time of boat pickup. As this is one of the few events when we rent our boats off-site this provides protection for us against loss or damage of a boat. The deposit will be returned to you upon return of the rental in good condition.
  • Once your reserve your boat you will need to fill out our Special Event Rental Agreement Form and Participant Form which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Transportation Logistics:

  • Transporting Your Rental Boat:
    • You must stop by on Friday September 9th between 12pm – Sunset to sign our rental agreement and deliver your $500 security deposit check.
    • Boat & gear transport to the start of the race (to Way Point Park) is available at no additional charge.
    • Boat & gear transportation from the end of the race (from Way Point Park) is available at no additional charge.
    • Staff will be delivering rental boats to Way Point Park at ~10:00am on race day.
    •  Our boat trailer and vehicle will leave Way Point Park at ~6:00pm on race day. Gear must be returned before 6:00pm to Boating Center staff at Way Point Park.