Rental Policies
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General Rental Policies:

  1. Renters must present proper UGA identification, regardless of university status (student, faculty, staff or alumni).
  2. The rental fee may be paid by cash, check, or Bulldawg Bucks. No credit cards.
  3. Reservations may be made in person or over the phone during ORC hours with a UGA ID number.
  4. Rental fees need not be paid at the time of reservation, but must be paid in full when picked up.
  5. Cancellations must be made by 3pm on the first reserved date to avoid rental charges.
  6. Renter will be charged a repair fee if equipment is returned damaged. If, upon inspection, damages are discovered which the renter did not claim at the time of rental, additional charges will be assessed.
  7. Weekend rentals may be picked up on Thursday at no additional charge.
  8. Late return charges: A $1.00 per item, per day late fee is charged in addition to the daily rental fee. Late days accrue only on days when the ORC is in operation and equipment is not returned. Any renter with an outstanding balance due will have their records flagged until payment is made.
  9. Absolutely no smoking in ORC tents. There is a $5 charge for each burn hole.
  10. Renter will be charged current replacement costs for any equipment lost or returned with such extensive damage as to warrant replacement.
  11. A $20 cleaning fee will be assessed for equipment returned wet or dirty (i.e. tents and stoves). Excessive cleaning may require additional fees.
  12. No equipment will be considered returned until the renter returns it to the ORC personnel during ORC hours.
  13. Upon return all tents will receive a full set up inspection.
  14. Additional policies concerning boat rentals apply. See the following:

Policy for Rental of UGA Flatwater Canoes 

  1. Renter must be a current UGA student, faculty, staff or UGA graduate who is a member of the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities.
  2. It is recommended that renter have prior flatwater canoe experience.
  3. The destination can only be lakes or ponds - no flowing waters.
  4. Renter must write on the rental form the destination and paddling partners and is expected to follow through as indicated.
  5. Renter MUST be the one in the boat rented.
  6. Boat rental includes car/truck mounting pads and straps,  boat, paddle, and PFD for up to two persons. No more than two persons per boat.
  7. Renter will be responsible for securing the boat and equipment onto their vehicle.  ORC personnel may help load.
  8. UGA staff reserve the right to refuse a request based on prior experience, attitude and skill level of participant, river levels, and weather conditions.
  9. Renter is responsible for repair or current replacement cost for lost or damaged equipment.
  10. Canoes rented will be ones with keels; NO MOHAWKS will be rented.

Policy for Rental of UGA Touring Kayaks 

  1. Renter must be a current UGA student, faculty, staff or UGA graduate who is a member of the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities.
  2. Renter must have successfully completed a GORP kayak touring trip/clinic.
  3. Renter must speak directly with Susan Powell, Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation (COR), prior to the Wednesday before the weekend of use.
  4. Renter must disclose to the COR the destination and paddling partners for the trip.
  5. The COr will speak with the touring kayak leader about the request to determine whether the requestor has the appropriate skill to go to the desired destination with the indicated paddling partners.
  6. When approval is granted, renter must write on the rental form the destination and paddling partners and is expected to follow through as indicated.
  7. Renter MUST be the one in the boat rented.
  8. Boat rental includes car/truck mounting pads and straps, boat, paddle, spray skirt, PFD and paddling jacket.
  9. Renter will be responsible for securing the boat and equipment onto their vehicle. ORC staff may help load.
  10. UGA staff reserve the right to refuse a request based on prior experience, attitude and skill level of participant, river levels, paddling partners and weather conditions.
  11. Renter is responsible for repair or current replacement cost for lost or damaged equipment.

Policy for Rental of UGA Whitewater Kayaks 

  1. Renter must be a current UGA student, faculty, staff or UGA graduate who is a member of the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities.
  2. Renter must have successfully completed a GORP roll clinic.
  3. Renter must speak directly with Susan Powell, Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation (COR), prior to the Wednesday before the weekend of use.
  4. Renter must disclose to the COR the destination and paddling partners for the trip.
  5. The COR will speak with the lead kayak instructor about the request to determine whether the requestor has the appropriate skill to go to the desired destination with the indicated paddling partners.
  6. When approval is granted, renter must write on the rental form the destination and paddling partners and is expected to follow through as indicated.
  7. Renter MUST be the one in the boat rented.
  8. Boat rental includes boat, paddle, spray skirt, helmet, PFD and paddling jacket.
  9. Renter will be responsible for securing the boat and equipment onto their vehicle with their own rope.
  10. ORC staff may help load.
  11. UGA staff reserve the right to refuse a request based on prior experience, attitude and skill level of participant, river levels, paddling partners and weather conditions.
  12. Renter is responsible for repair or current replacement cost for lost or damaged equipment. 

Suggestions for rental requests:

  1. Renters are encouraged to paddle with members of the UGA whitewater club and/or staff.
  2. Renters should paddle the same river multiple times to gain confidence and skill � thinking that once a river has been paddled one must progress to another river is not prudent.
  3. Renters must recognize that paddling the river in class at drought level does not necessarily qualify one to paddle the same river at higher water levels.