Frequently Asked Questions
How early should I arrive?
If everyone in your party has completed the payment and waivers prior to the scheduled start time, then getting on the water should be a quick process. Plan to arrive about 5 minutes early.
If you still need to complete payment or waivers, then 10 minutes early should be sufficient.
What Level Of Physical Fitness Should I Have Before Taking A Tour Or Class?
Your SUP experience can be whatever you choose to make it. SUP can be a great workout, involving upper body and core stability actions. You can choose to paddle hard and fast to build strength and endurance or maybe you’d rather go for a gentle and leisurely paddle. However, you choose to experience stand up paddleboarding you should know that it is accessible to almost every level of fitness. If you can move confidently from an all-fours position on the floor into an upright standing posture than you will definitely be stand up paddleboarding with ease in the first 5 minutes of your class.
SUP yoga classes involve a bit more balance and flexibility but don’t let that deter you from trying it. These classes are catered to the individuals so whether you are an experienced yogi looking to take your practice into the elements or a first-time yoga student, all are welcome. Enjoy an amazing view and the gentle rocking motion of the water as your body becomes more in rhythm with your breath.
Where Are You Located?
We are everywhere and nowhere…meaning we are a mobile business based on Cape Cod and will meet you at a designated boat ramp that is decided on based on the time of day, and day of the week (weekends are busy at some of the boat ramps) along with the weather/wind that is predicted and what type of experience the group is looking for. Our home base is Mashpee and we have access to calm freshwater ponds, salt water bays, and rivers in the surrounding areas. We do not paddle in the open ocean with groups. We run our fat tire bike beach tours from the Dennis area.
Do I need to reserve ahead?
It is a very good idea to reserve ahead especially during peak season (late June-early September) The easiest way to book is on our website. Feel free to call or text us for same-day availability.
What should I bring?
Food, water, and sun protection! Things do get wet and the waters can be murky and deep, so don’t drop anything! It is best to have everything contained in a dry bag. We generally have enough dry bags, phone cases, and sunglass tethers to loan out but if you have them please bring them. We recommend wearing your sunglasses with a tether (especially those with prescriptions). If you’re on a bike tour we find that people generally like to bring along a sling backpack to put a few things in but it’s not necessary.
Is there an age restriction?
The minimum age for a child to paddle on their own is 8. Experienced adults can paddle tandem with small kids (ages 3-7) seated on our bigger boards. Children ages 3-7 must ride along with an adult.
Can I plan a custom experience that is not on the calendar?
Of course. If you do not see a date or time that suits your group, just call and we can arrange a different start time and location.
SUP tours are easy to customize. Bike tours are usually dependent on the tide, but we can generally flex the start time by an hour or two and still have a great experience.
What should I wear?
CHECK THE WEATHER! You will likely get wet! Bathing suits, quick dry workout out type clothing is best. No cotton! Dress in layers! You can leave a towel in the car. The shores can be rocky and have broken shells so you will want to protect your feet with sturdy footwear. A hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. We do NOT rent wetsuits for cooler weather. If you are joining us for a fat tire bike beach ride be sure to wear closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a change of shoes for after. You will be riding in sand and water which is tons of fun and makes for a bit of clean-up afterward.
What is the weather like?
New England weather is ever changing and mother nature is in charge. We watch the weather very closely but keep in mind that weather changes and can be very sneaky, especially the wind. That being said, wind is our biggest weather-related issue with the mornings being the calmest. If you are joining us for a fat bike tour then be aware we follow the Cape Cod Bay low tide schedule to allow for an expansive firmly sand-packed ride. Cape Cod is usually about 10 degrees cooler than the Boston area in the summer. Our average summer temps can range anywhere from the mid-70s to the mid-90s along with humidity and the occasional thunderstorm.
How do rentals work?
All rentals come with a SUP board, paddle, leash, and PFD (life jacket). The rental fee includes delivery and pickup to most locations on the Upper and Mid Cape, so you can minimize the hassle and just enjoy your free time. There are several options for renting paddle boards. Half-day rentals (2-4 hours) are only available in the Mashpee area. A full-day rental (up to 8 hours) allows us a little more flexibility with drop-off and pick-up locations. If you’re not sure where to go we will provide you with some options. Please be advised because we do not have a waterfront location, half and full-day rentals are subject to availability. If you’re staying on the water or where there is convenient access there are also 3-day and 1-week rental options. All rentals can be dropped off and picked up in the Mashpee, Falmouth, Sandwich, Bourne, and Barnstable areas (we are willing to make some exceptions as long as you are flexible with timing). We do NOT rent fat tire bikes. We have a limited number of bikes and they are reserved for guided beach rides only. Any questions just call or text. We try to be as flexible as possible to accommodate as many people as we can.
Are life jackets/helmets included?
Yes, they are included with all rentals and tours. Bike helmets are included for bike tours and must be worn. You must have a life jacket with you at all times and anyone 13 and under must wear it the entire time while paddling-by law. We have adult and child sizes. Leashes are also included with paddleboards and must be worn.
Is paddleboarding hard to learn?
Not at all! We will have you up and paddling in no time. Our rental boards are very stable and wide and it doesn’t take long to get your balance and you’ll soon be walking on water! We will give you a brief land lesson before we launch and will provide lots of tips and feedback while you’re on the water so you make the most out of your time.
Do I need to know how to swim?
In short, yes. Stand up paddleboarding may take you to waters that are above your head and you will want to be comfortable in the water in the chance that you decide to take a swim. It is required that all boards have PFDs on deck which Peace Love SUP will provide. A leash is also used that attaches from the back of your board to your ankle so that you will always be in touch with your board.
Am I required to wear a lifejacket and leash?
Marine law requires all operators 13 years of age or older to have a Type III adult USCG-approved life jacket (also known as Personal Flotation Device or PFD) either attached to the vessel or worn at all times. All children under 13 years old are required to wear a USCG-approved life jacket at all times while on the water! Life jackets are included with the rentals and tours. Paddleboard leashes are required to be worn at all times and are included.
What happens if I fall off of my paddleboard or kayak?
Keep in mind that falling in the water is possible, so just be prepared in case you do. We will show you how easy it is to get back “on-board” and assist as needed. Remember, paddling out is voluntary-paddling back is mandatory so know your limits. You need to be comfortable in the water so you can enjoy your experience.
Will classes still be held in inclement weather?
The weather is ever changing here on Cape Cod but as a general rule if the winds are mild (below 13 mph) and the temps moderate we will hold classes. Light rains don’t tend to deter us either. It’s important that we have your cell phone number on file so that if we need to reschedule due to inclement weather (heavy rains, high winds, etc) we can reach you. You will be notified of any cancellations no later than 1 hour before your class or tour is scheduled to start.
Is there a weight restriction for paddleboarding or kayaking?
We have boards and kayaks that can accommodate up to a 250 lb individual. Please let us know your height and weight so we can provide you with the most comfortable gear. We reserve the right to cancel any rental or tour if we feel the safety of you or another person is at risk. As long as you can physically get yourself back onto the vessel you are good to go! Keep in mind the water can be deep and over your head and sometimes you do not have the assistance of being on shore to get back onto your vessel. A larger person may be more comfortable using an open kayak which will offer more floatation and stability so please let us know if you would like that option. Please contact us if you have any questions.
About the Water
Is there a current in the water?
Yes, there is a current in the salt water bays and rivers but not enough to affect your paddling in a big way. There is no current on freshwater ponds. Wind and some boat wakes will be the biggest issues with the water. It is usually calmer in the mornings.
Is there anything in the water that I need to worry about?
There are no biting fish, leeches, sharks, alligators, or other nasty things, just fish, blue crabs, shellfish, and the occasional jellyfish if paddling in salt water. You may want to have shoes on when walking on the shore due to loose rocks and broken shells.
Are there going to be boats where I paddle?
You will encounter boats and other watercrafts, especially on the salt water bays and rivers that can create boat wakes. We can teach you an easy way to deal with any boat wakes so please ask if you have questions. Our boards are very wide and stable so it’s not usually an issue.
What is your cancellation policy?
We reserve the right to cancel any tour, lesson, or rental prior to departure for any reason whatsoever. In the case that we cancel a tour, lesson, or rental, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel or are unable to participate for any reason, our refund policy is as follows: If we receive your notice of cancellation more than 24 hours prior to departure, you will receive a 100% refund. If we receive your notice less than 24 hours prior to departure, no refunds will be made. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone if we feel they are a risk to themselves or others.
What is included in the price of my tour?
We will provide you with everything you need to have a great experience. All equipment and instruction is included in the pricing along with lots of photos and videos of your adventure.
Where are your tours held?
Our tours meet at various boat ramps and beaches in the Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich and Barnstable areas. Our bike tours are in the Dennis area. If you have a group of 4 or more and are staying on the water or have access to the water we are happy to bring all the gear and paddle fun to you! Just give us a call or shoot us a text or email and we will make arrangements.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are not permitted on tours but are welcome if you choose rentals or a private tour. We have a very limited selection of puppy PFDs and will advise you where you can purchase one locally.
Are your tours beginner friendly?
Yes absolutely! We will teach you Just keep in mind you may want to book earlier in the day before the winds pick up to help ease your learning curve.
For bike tours, riders should be able to ride a bike (yes, it’s happened).
How long are the tours?
Our tours are approximately 2 hours.