Do I need to reserve rental equipment before the symposium starts?
Yes! We have limited quantities of each item, so rentals will be on a first-come-first-served basis through the “Workshop Selection & Rental Request Form” that gets sent to all registrants once the workshop schedule has been confirmed.

In order to reduce lineups and processing time during VISS, we are asking renters to pre-pay for their rentals through the PayPal Payment Request that each will receive after submitting the form. Follow the instructions in that email to pre-pay for your rentals. In the event that your requested item is already spoken for, you will be refunded the full amount for that item.

What weapons and protective gear can I rent at VISS?
We have a range of the following weapons and equipment available for rent during VISS:

  • Longsword
  • Sidesword
  • 36” Rapier
  • 42” Rapier
  • Polearm
  • Wooden Rondel
  • Parrying Dagger
  • Buckler
  • Gorgets
  • Masks – Masks may only be rented for the whole weekend and must be picked up at Thursday’s orientation at Academie Duello in order to be fitted properly.

Will any workshops provide protective equipment?
No. Masks and gorgets are available to rent, as outlined above. Gloves are available for purchase in the Academie Duello store.

How much does it cost to rent items at VISS?

  • Per Day: $10 per item, for use in one full day, 8am – 11pm
  • Full 3-Day Symposium: $25 per item, for use during the full 3-day symposium.
  • All Kitted Out: $60 for up to 3 items, unlimited use during full 3-day symposium.

Prices do not include tax (GST 5%). The “Full Symposium” lasts from Friday 8am to Sunday 10pm.

Can I pay by credit card for equipment rental?
Before VISS, after you submit the workshop/rental form, a PayPal Payment Request will be sent to you with your total cost. You can then pay by credit card.

During VISS, PayPal Payment Requests will again be used for credit card payments. As such, if waiting to pay at the symposium, expect a longer processing time at the table and the further task of responding to and paying the subsequent PayPal request.

Do I have to sign an agreement to rent weapons for VISS?
Yes, you will need to sign a rental agreement (with Academie Duello). The latter is an agreement between you (the loanee) and Academie Duello (the loaner) which states that upon receiving a damaged item, or an item not being returned, the loanee’s credit card can be charged post-event for the cost to fix or replace the item in question. When going through Orientation upon your arrival at VISS, you will be given the agreement to sign.

I don’t have a credit card. Can I still rent weapons and equipment?
Yes! If you don’t have a credit card, you will need to provide a $50 refundable cash deposit and show (government-issued) picture ID when picking up and dropping our your rentals. Your $50 cash deposit will be returned to you after the last piece of equipment is returned to Academie Duello (all in acceptable condition).

Example: You rent three items for the duration of the conference for a fee of $67.20 plus a $50 cash deposit for a total of $117.20. You return the equipment after the conference and receive your $50 deposit back.

Where and when will I be able to rent, pick up & drop off equipment during VISS?
Our equipment rental, pick-up & drop-off table will be at Academie Duello (412 W Hastings St, Vancouver). Initial opening and main Orientation time will be on Thursday 16, 12 – 9:30pm. Friday to Sunday, it will open in the morning prior to classes, reopen for lunch breaks, and then open again after classes end each day, all at Academie Duello.

  • Thursday 2/16:
      12:00pm – 9:30pm: Orientation at Academie Duello
  • Friday 2/17:
      7:00am – 8:00am
      1:15pm – 1:45pm
      5:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Saturday 2/18:
      7:45am – 8:45am
      12:15pm – 1:15pm
      6:15pm – 7:00pm
  • Sunday 2/19:
      7:45am – 8:45am
      12:45pm – 1:45pm
      6:00pm – 10:30pm

Masks may only be rented for the whole weekend and must be picked up at Thursday’s orientation at Academie Duello in order to be fitted properly.

What are the late or damaged fees when returning equipment?
Your credit card will be charged $5 per item, per day, until the weapon is returned. If an item is returned damaged, you will be charged for the repair or replacement of the damaged or broken item. This amount will ultimately be based on the discretion of Academie Duello Ltd.