Kayaking in the Santa Barbara harbor is one of the best activities to enjoy the waterfront, get some exercise, and view the marine wildlife.
KAYAK AND PADDLEBOARD RENTALS SANTA BARBARA
Everyone must sign a digital waiver prior to renting. Click “Start Now” at the top of this window to sign your waiver and make a reservation.
Once you have your reservation, you should find us on the map so you can arrive on time. The harbor is a busy place in the summer, so you’ll want to park in one of the pay lots nearby and walk to the busy section where the restaurants are (Brophy Bros).
We have lockers, so you can leave valuables and things you don’t want wet in the lockers.
Bring clothing you can get wet, you will get wet. We sell shorts, shirts, sunscreen, hats, etc if you forget!
- If you are not feeling well stay home and get better, do not visit us please!
- Please sign a waiver before you arrive Sign Waiver Here
60 Minutes Great for Families
Explore the Santa Barbara Harbor
Stay in the protected shelter of the Santa Barbara Harbor and enjoy paddling past boats of the rich and famous. Find seals on the bait dock and paddle under the Channel Cat.
90 Minutes MOST POPULAR
Visit the Sea Lions – Paddle around Stearns Wharf
Paddle out to the 1/2 mile green buoy where you’ll find sea lions resting. On your way out to the buoy you’ll pass the Sandspit where marine birds rest and feed. Once you’ve had your fill of Sea Lions, you’ll head back and under the historic Stearns Wharf and then along West Beach past the bait dock where Seals haul out to warm up. Then you’ll kayak under the iconic “Channel Cat” and then along the outside of the harbor and back to our shop.
2 Hours Santa Barbara Point
Search for Dolphins and Whales
For the more adventurous paddlers, cruise up the coast to Santa Barbara Point (Leadbetter) where you’ll have excellent views of the Waterfront and Riviera and an excellent chance of seeing more wildlife. The paddle to the point is into the wind, on the way back you’ll have the wind at your back.
Reservations for Santa Barbara kayak & paddleboard rentals are not required but they are recommended. Making a reservation in advance will speed up the rental process and also ensure that equipment is available for you when you arrive. We have made it easy to make a reservation and sign the digital waiver prior to arrival. Please follow the link below to sign our waiver and make a reservation.
Everybody over the age of 18 does need to complete their own waiver before arriving at Paddle Sports.
If you are paddling with kids under the age of 18, please add them to your adult waiver.
Find Us Next to the Fish Market
SANTA BARBARA HARBOR
117 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
WE OPEN AT 8AM everyday of the year.
Our closing hours vary by season.
Yes, we offer 10% off for students, military, and first responders/hospital workers.
use code at checkout: student-military-10
Stay home if you are sick. Thank you.
Yes, we recommend reservations but walk-ins are welcome at anytime.
If you are currently paying Fitness Dues, or have prepaid, you do not need to make a reservation. If you are a Lifetime Member or PSC Annual, you can enter your member code at checkout for your discount.
No, please do not make a reservation if you have a coupon, promotional offer, local discount card, Axxess or Groupon… you will need to bring it with you so we can redeem it before charging you. If you make a reservation and want to redeem a coupon when you arrive, we will have to refund the reservation and start all over again. Thanks!
- EVERYONE MUST KNOW HOW TO FLOAT
- You must be 14 years old OR over 5’ tall to paddle on a Stand up paddleboard.
- We do not allow more than one paddler on an SUP, sorry.
- Kids 12 and over may paddle by themselves in a single kayak.
- We do not allow 3 paddlers in tandem kayaks.
- We reserve the right to change these age policies based on the current conditions at any time. We have the policies for your protection, thank you for being considerate and understanding.
Yes, you will get wet and you must know how to swim! Treat kayaking like going to a waterpark. It depends on the ride, but you have a very good chance of going swimming and getting soaking wet. 90% of people don’t get more than their butts wet, but the chance exists so dress for it!
Cell phones do not float, so they should be in a dry bag or attached to you in a lanyard. If you drop your cell phone in the harbor/ocean you will lose it.
We sell dry bags and phone cases in the shop.
Yes, they are $3 per locker.
Yes, changing rooms are in the back of the shop next to the lockers. You can use these to change into your water clothing or a wetsuit that you rent from us.
No same day cancellations. All other cancellations can receive a full refund.
SB’s Only Dog Friendly Paddling!
We are dog friendly! Bring your 4-legged and enjoy the ocean with your BFF. We have dog life jackets for getting them back in the kayak/SUP. No extra cost… but we may ask for a trick!