Calendar for Eco-Tours and Events

We offer a variety of eco-tours that will suit a wide range of paddling skills. If you do not see an eco-tour that fits your interests, skills or schedule, contact us and we will build a tour around your desires, ability, and schedule.

Kayaking Tour Self-Assessment:  We are often asked about the suggested level of kayaking experience and skills needed to participate in the Florida Kayak School and Tour’s tours.  We have embraced a chart that was created by the Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers to help answer this question.  This chart will allow our clients to self-assess to determine which of our tours are appropriate for the paddler’s skill-level.  Each tour we offer has the suggested skill-level noted in the description.

Kayaker's Skills Self Assessment Link:

Mini Eco-Tour: 2+ hours on the water. $50 per person.  This price includes the kayak & gear and guide.  Mini Eco-Tours are designed for people who may have never been paddling. Mini Eco-Tour trips are a great way to introduce you to the beautiful areas of North Florida and paddling.  The BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) price for the Mini Eco-Tour is $40 per person.

Half-Day Eco-Tour: 4 - 5 hours on the water.  $65 per person. This price includes the kayak & gear and guide. Half-Day Eco-Tours are at a leisurely pace, and we take a lunch break about half way through the trip.   Bring your refillable water bottle, snacks and a lunch. BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) $55.

Full-Day Eco-Tour: 6+ hours on the water. $75 per person. This price includes the kayak & gear and guide.  Typically we are on the water for about 6 hours. Bring your refillable water bottle, snacks and a lunch. BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) $65.

What to Wear and What to Bring:  Kayaking is a "Water Sport.” The "Water" part of this means that you may get wet.  The "Sport" part means that this activity requires some degree of physical ability, strength and conditioning.  If you are concerned about your fitness for the adventure, feel free to ask for more details about the physical demands of this tour.  Bring with you drinking water, sun protection, and shoes that can get wet.  Also, be sure to dress for the expected weather conditions.  There is often the likelihood of a shower, so always be prepared for the possibility of rain.  You are encouraged to bring a change of clothes. If you are signing up for a Half-Day or Full-Day Eco-Tour, be sure to bring enough food for lunch and snacks.  Your guide will provide a dry bag/box for such personal items as car keys, wallets, etc. 

You must pre-register for eco-tours and events.  In the calendar below review the eco-tour description.  To pre-register contact: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236. You may cancel your registration up 24 hours prior to the beginning of the tour.  Should threatening weather be in the forecast, the guide may be forced to cancel the trip for your own safety.

Guiding Services:   If you are visiting the Big Bend area with your own kayak/canoe and gear, a member of our staff is available to help you get the most out of your time in this beautiful and wild area. Our staff is a wealth of information including natural and local history, things to see in the Big Bend area. Hiring a Florida Kayak School and Tours guide promotes safety and allows you get the most out of your Florida adventure.  We know the area and it's flora and fauna, the tides, the currents, the less-traveled routes, beaches, and camping spots.  Our guides can not only alert you to where are the boat-shredding the oyster bars but also the best, local-color bars.    Rates: 3 hr - $150 per guide per party;  6 hr - $250 per guide per party;  Overnight - $300 per guide per party (4:1 guide ratio). These prices are for trips within a 50 mile radius of Tallahassee. Call for information and reservations.

 

Cancellation Policy:

“No refund with less than 24 hours of scheduled event. To receive a refund notification needs to be made more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event. The Florida Kayak School and Tours reserves to right to cancel the scheduled activity in the event of dangerous weather or other client safety concerns.  In this event, a full refund will be given. Should a client be late to an event they may forfeit the cost of the tour/class/event.”

Save time on the day of your tour or class by downloading the liability waiver; read it, print it, sign it, and bring it with you. Please visit the Instruction page to download the waiver.

 

St. Marks FL:  Master Class: Tour/Guide Leadership and Essential Kayak Tour Trip Leader
May
4
to May 5

St. Marks FL: Master Class: Tour/Guide Leadership and Essential Kayak Tour Trip Leader

This leadership and paddling skills course is team-taught by Farley Doucette, a national leader in experiential education and leadership, and Tommy Thompson, an ACA Lever-4 Coastal Kayak Instructor and international guide.

Farley Doucette was born and raised in Florida and has been paddling since he was 11 years old. He worked in education for 35 years and is a Coastal Master Naturalist, a Rescue Diver, an Outward Bound consultant and a Ropes Course Director. As an experiential educator, Farley has taught organizations how to facilitate the “outdoor experience” to maximize growth, leadership and group dynamic skill sets. He is a volunteer guide with Paddle Florida and enjoys long distance paddling expeditions. Farley is passionate about teaching the art of facilitation to others so that they may lead safe, enjoyable, educational and inspirational outdoor experiences. 

This course will focus on various leadership elements (including group management and activities, trip planning and paddling/rescue skills) essential for responsible leadership on the water. The successful completion of this course includes the Florida Kayak School and Tour Essential Kayak Tour Trip Leader certification which will be taught by FKS&T owner/guide/instructor, Tommy Thompson.

Venue: Wakulla River Park, St. Marks Florida

Course Tuition: $325

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St. Augustine - Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

St. Augustine - Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

This course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and want to develop effective paddle strokes and learn self and assisted rescues. 

This course is a "must do" for beginning kayakers.

The course includes:

On land discussion/kayak outfitting and paddling technique, boat fit and adjustment, control hand/relaxed grip, torso rotation and paddlers box, boat designs for performance or stability

On water exercises/practice - Review and practice basic strokes: low brace, forward stroke, reverse stroke, J-lean and edging, forward sweep, reverse sweep, kayak spin (complete turn-around in one spot), ruddering, draw strokes and skulling draws.

Assisted Rescue: introduce and practice T and TX Rescue technique and individual practice of particular skills and personal coaching / questions / feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

This course will be conducted at: Vilano Boat Ramp, St. Augustine, FL

There is a fee to enter the park. (Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. Does not include Gardens entry, January through April. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.)

Tuition: $145 per-person.

Venue: Vilano Boat Ramp, St. Augustine, FL

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Don't see what you are looking for?  Contact us for personalized courses!
Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us for personalized courses!

Through a customized, connoisseur instruction service we can custom-fit a skills course or informational training for you. Once we decide on the appropriate course for you that will help you toward your paddling goals we will then promote the course through our website and our social-media outlets.  We arrange for private courses or invite others to the course to join the fun.

Contact FKS&T at: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Call: 850.445.3236

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Fully Guided and Fully Catered Big Bend Kayak/Camping Tour.
Nov
8
to Nov 11

Fully Guided and Fully Catered Big Bend Kayak/Camping Tour.

SAVE THE DATE! We are organizing a Big Bend area, fully-guided and catered tour based in Ochlockonee River State Park. Participants will have an opportunity to explore several of the region’s most beautiful and remote waterways by kayak. Participants may also decide to use our guided, powerboat service to explore the fishing opportunities. This tour is fully catered. This tour is limited to only 10 guests so let us know if you want us to pencil you in for one of the first to receive full details to save your space.

Venue: Ochlockonee River State Park

Get on the notification list to be the first to get the opportunity to sign up!

Contact: Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

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Miami Area - ACA Paddle Sport Facilitator - Kayaking
Apr
16
9:00 AM09:00

Miami Area - ACA Paddle Sport Facilitator - Kayaking

If you are in a position of leadership to facilitate put people on the water for sit-in or sit-on-top kayaking this is an excellent course for you and your staff to ensure that the current best practices are being used. This all-day course involves “classroom” and on-water instruction. A demonstration of paddle skills and knowledge (including a written test) are required for certification. Participants are expected to provide their own paddling equipment. (*Equipment is available for an additional $35 per person.)

Course Tuition: $165

Venue: TBA

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SportsAbility - Outdoor Day
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

SportsAbility - Outdoor Day

FKS&T is proud to again participate in the Florida Disabled Outdoor Association’s SportsAbility Outdoor Day. This 3-day festival and celebration will culminate on Saturday, 4/13, with a day of facilitating and supporting people with various disabilities to experience a wide range of outdoor activities.

To register and to learn more about this amazing program visit:

https://www.fdoa.org/sportsability-tallahassee

The Outdoor Day is at Maclay Gardens State Park, 9:00 - 3:00

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Tallahassee Area - Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Tallahassee Area - Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

This course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and want to develop effective paddle strokes and learn self and assisted rescues. 

This course is a "must do" for beginning kayakers.

The course includes:

On land discussion/kayak outfitting and paddling technique, boat fit and adjustment, control hand/relaxed grip, torso rotation and paddlers box, boat designs for performance or stability

On water exercises/practice - Review and practice basic strokes: low brace, forward stroke, reverse stroke, J-lean and edging, forward sweep, reverse sweep, kayak spin (complete turn-around in one spot), ruddering, draw strokes and skulling draws.

Assisted Rescue: introduce and practice T and TX Rescue technique and individual practice of particular skills and personal coaching / questions / feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

This course will be conducted at: Maclay Gardens State Park, Lake Hall

There is a fee to enter the park. (Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. Does not include Gardens entry, January through April. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.)

Tuition: $145 per-person.

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Patagonia Paddling in Chile - "Chillin' in Chile!"  (March 17 - 24 ONLY 2 Spots Left!)
Mar
17
to Mar 24

Patagonia Paddling in Chile - "Chillin' in Chile!" (March 17 - 24 ONLY 2 Spots Left!)

Come join us for an unforgettable Patagonian adventure in the magnificent fjords of Comau, Quintupeu and Cahuelmo, the eastern side of the Gulf of Ancud, where wild mountains cliffs soar out of the dark waters to touch the sky.

·       glacial valleys,

·       primeval temperate rainforests, and

·       numerous kinds of marine wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, penguins and other sea birds.

·       fresh salmon steaks, prepared by our cook in the galley

·       relax in hot pools.

·       Spread your sleeping bag under the diamond stars of the Southern Cross.

Words alone simply cannot express the unique beauty and variety of this majestic land.

Call or e-mail for available dates for this trip of a lifetime!

Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236.

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Miami Area: 4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Miami Area: 4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

This course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and want to develop effective paddle strokes and learn self and assisted rescues. 

This course is a "must do" for beginning kayakers.

The course includes:

On land discussion/kayak outfitting and paddling technique, boat fit and adjustment, control hand/relaxed grip, torso rotation and paddlers box, boat designs for performance or stability

On water exercises/practice - Review and practice basic strokes: low brace, forward stroke, reverse stroke, J-lean and edging, forward sweep, reverse sweep, kayak spin (complete turn-around in one spot), ruddering, draw strokes and skulling draws.

Assisted Rescue: introduce and practice T and TX Rescue technique and individual practice of particular skills and personal coaching / questions / feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

This course will be conducted in the Miami area

Tuition: $145 per-person.

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Calusa Blueway Speakers Series - Ft. Myers
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Calusa Blueway Speakers Series - Ft. Myers

Lee County’s amazing Parks and Rec. is the host for the Calusa Blueway Speakers Series. The March 5th gathering will feature Tommy Thompson and Peg Phillips who will speak on Paddling Florida Adventures.

Note: The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center.

For more information and directions to the program, contact Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center at 239- 432-2154.Trail information is at www.calusablueway.com or www.leeparks.org/blueway. Find Calusa Blueway on Facebook. Visit the iTunes store or Google Play to download the free smart-phone app. Visitors can find information at www.fortmyers-sanibel.com.

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Tallahassee: Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tallahassee: Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

This course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and want to develop effective paddle strokes and learn self and assisted rescues. 

This course is a "must do" for beginning kayakers.

The course includes:

On land discussion/kayak outfitting and paddling technique, boat fit and adjustment, control hand/relaxed grip, torso rotation and paddlers box, boat designs for performance or stability

On water exercises/practice - Review and practice basic strokes: low brace, forward stroke, reverse stroke, J-lean and edging, forward sweep, reverse sweep, kayak spin (complete turn-around in one spot), ruddering, draw strokes and skulling draws.

Assisted Rescue: introduce and practice T and TX Rescue technique and individual practice of particular skills and personal coaching / questions / feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

This course will be conducted at: Maclay Gardens State Park, Lake Hall

There is a fee to enter the park. (Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. Does not include Gardens entry, January through April. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.)

Tuition: $145 per-person.

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Don't see what you are looking for?  Contact us for personalized courses!
Mar
1
9:00 AM09:00

Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us for personalized courses!

Through a customized, connoisseur instruction service we can custom-fit a skills course or informational training for you. Once we decide on the appropriate course for you that will help you toward your paddling goals we will then promote the course through our website and our social-media outlets.  We arrange for private courses or invite others to the course to join the fun.

Contact FKS&T at: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Call: 850.445.3236

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Tallahassee:  2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Feb
26
2:00 PM14:00

Tallahassee: 2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class

What's so hard about paddling a kayak, right?  That's one of the beauties of the sport.  Just about anybody can sit in a kayak and make it go. However, to adjust your kayak to properly fit you, to use your entire body to power, and steer your kayak with your body and not a rudder requires a deeper knowledge and skill.  Let our staff show you the proper techniques to getting the most out of your kayak, your body, and your time on the water through effective paddling technique. We have had paddlers with more than 25 years of paddling experience totally revolutionize the way that they paddle.  These clients can now paddle farther, faster, with more comfort, confidence, and more safely.

This course is designed for people who already have their own kayaks.  However, should you need a kayak and kit (life jacket and paddle) you have a couple of options.  Option A:  You can use one of our sit-inside kayaks for $35 extra.  This fee is just to cover the handling, transport to the class site, and cleaning.  To make sure that we are putting you in an appropriate kayak we just need to know your approximate weight and height. Option B: You can rent one of the park's sit-on top kayaks for $15 which are at the park and available at a first-come, first-served basis.

This course will be conducted at: Maclay Gardens State Park

There is a fee to enter the park. (Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. Does not include Gardens entry, January through April. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.)

Course Fee: $65

Call 850.445.3236 or e-mail: sales@FloridaKayakSchool to reserve your spot

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Planning a visit to Florida's Panhandle?  We can help.
Feb
20
9:30 AM09:30

Planning a visit to Florida's Panhandle? We can help.

Through a customized connoisseur guiding and shuttling service we can custom-fit a tour and expedition support for you. We work closely with various Florida State agencies and non-profits to help visitors to “The Sunshine State” to get the most out of their visit to “The real Florida.”

For a discussion of your specific need and estimate contact us at:

Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Or, call us at: 850.445.3236

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SmartStart Paddling /Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting:
Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

SmartStart Paddling /Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting:

The SmartStart Paddling Orientation: Kayak will expose participants to the basic safety and paddling skills. This course includes pre-launch orientation which includes the essential kayaking gear, parts of the kayak and how to safely launch in calm conditions. The on-water orientation includes various paddle strokes and maneuvers.                                               Course Duration: 2 hr.                                                                                                           Course Tuition: $65                                                                                                                                         Venue: Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee. *There is an entrance fee to this state park.*

 

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Safety/Self and Assisted-Rescue
Feb
12
12:00 PM12:00

Safety/Self and Assisted-Rescue

This course is our most popular training course. The course offers the paddler an opportunity to learn and refine some of the most used open-water rescue techniques.  In this course we will learn the "T" and "T-X" assisted-rescue and the "cowboy/cowgirl" self-rescue and the paddle float self-rescue.  Participants are asked to dress for complete immersion and expect to enjoy your kayak as a pool toy for this course.                                                                                                                 Course Duration: 2 hrs.                                                                                                          Course Tuition: $65                                                                                                              Venue: Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee *There is an entrance fee for this state park.                                                           

For more information call 850.445.3236 or e-mail: info@FloridaKayakSchool.com.

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Don't see what you are looking for?  Contact us for personalized courses!
Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us for personalized courses!

Through a customized, connoisseur instruction service we can custom-fit a skills course or informational training for you. Once we decide on the appropriate course for you that will help you toward your paddling goals we will then promote the course through our website and our social-media outlets.  We arrange for private courses or invite others to the course to join the fun.

Contact FKS&T at: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Call: 850.445.3236

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CUBA!: The Ultimate Kayak Adventure  Now taking reservations!  Reserve today!
Jan
4
to Jan 13

CUBA!: The Ultimate Kayak Adventure Now taking reservations! Reserve today!

CUBA!  After years of waiting, we finally have the opportunity to kayak in some of the most pristine and beautiful water in the entire world! The Florida Kayak School and Tours, in collaboration with Cuba Adventure Company, is offering a limited number of paddlers the opportunity for a United States certified “People-to- People” ultimate kayaking adventure in Cuba!

The dates for this trip are January 4 – 11, 2019*. The all-inclusive price (except airfare and gratuities) for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is only $2999 US.

In addition to your our local hosts, your on-water guide will be Florida Kayak School and Tours Director Tommy Thompson. Tommy is an American Canoe Association certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Instructor and world traveler with more than 40 years of international travel and guiding experience. The equipment for this tour is first-rate, using Current Designs kayaks and Salus PFDs. No tub-like, plastic kayaks here!

To see videos of some of the highlights from previous trips, check out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhBmIk-FOnA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TOiGiK1gHo

Also: Watch this documentary about wild and natural Cuba: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP_WzoWpDZs

Reserve your spot NOW! The trip program listed for our Cuba adventure is “The Ultimate Kayaking Adventure” See the detailed itinerary and make your reservation at the site below:

http://www.cubaadventurecompany.com/kayak/

* Extend your Cuban adventure to include 2 days in Old Havana! Experience the Cultural dichotomy that makes Havana one of the most unique cities in the world. A fusion of Food, Music and Art that will leave you wanting more. We will explore this eclectic city by bike, on foot and of course in classic cars. A MUST DO! 
IMPORTANT: This extension is for groups of 6 or more. When booking your adventure click on ‘Havana Extension’.

Extension Cost: $600.00

For more information or to chat with your guide, e-mail Tommy@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236.

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Planning a visit to Florida's Panhandle?  We can help.
Jan
2
9:30 AM09:30

Planning a visit to Florida's Panhandle? We can help.

Through a customized connoisseur guiding and shuttling service we can custom-fit a tour and expedition support for you. We work closely with various Florida State agencies and non-profits to help visitors to “The Sunshine State” to get the most out of their visit to “The real Florida.”

For a discussion of your specific need and estimate contact us at:

Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Or, call us at: 850.445.3236

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Don't see what you are looking for?  Contact us for personalized courses!
Jan
1
9:00 AM09:00

Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us for personalized courses!

Through a customized, connoisseur instruction service we can custom-fit a skills course or informational training for you. Once we decide on the appropriate course for you that will help you toward your paddling goals we will then promote the course through our website and our social-media outlets.  We arrange for private courses or invite others to the course to join the fun.

Contact FKS&T at: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Call: 850.445.3236

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CUBA!: The Ultimate Kayak Adventure  Now taking reservations!  Reserve today!
Nov
30
to Dec 9

CUBA!: The Ultimate Kayak Adventure Now taking reservations! Reserve today!

CUBA!  After years of waiting, we finally have the opportunity to kayak in some of the most pristine and beautiful water in the entire world! The Florida Kayak School and Tours, in collaboration with Cuba Adventure Company, is offering a limited number of paddlers the opportunity for a United States certified “People-to- People” ultimate kayaking adventure in Cuba!

The dates for this trip are November 30 – December 7, 2018*. The all-inclusive price (except airfare and gratuities) for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is only $2999 US.

In addition to your our local hosts, your on-water guide will be Florida Kayak School and Tours Director Tommy Thompson. Tommy is an American Canoe Association certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Instructor and world traveler with more than 40 years of international travel and guiding experience. The equipment for this tour is first-rate, using Current Designs kayaks and Salus PFDs. No tub-like, plastic kayaks here!

To see videos of some of the highlights from previous trips, check out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhBmIk-FOnA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TOiGiK1gHo

Also: Watch this documentary about wild and natural Cuba: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP_WzoWpDZs

Reserve your spot NOW! The trip program listed for our Cuba adventure is “The Ultimate Kayaking Adventure” See the detailed itinerary and make your reservation at the site below:

http://www.cubaadventurecompany.com/kayak/

* Extend your Cuban adventure to include 2 days in Old Havana! Experience the Cultural dichotomy that makes Havana one of the most unique cities in the world. A fusion of Food, Music and Art that will leave you wanting more. We will explore this eclectic city by bike, on foot and of course in classic cars. A MUST DO! 
IMPORTANT: This extension is for groups of 6 or more. When booking your adventure click on ‘Havana Extension’.

Extension Cost: $600.00

For more information or to chat with your guide, e-mail Tommy@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236.

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Greenland Style Paddle Stroke and Rolling Course
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

Greenland Style Paddle Stroke and Rolling Course

This is your opportunity to explore Greenland style of paddling, the use of the versatile Greenland paddle and various Greenland rolling techniques.

Tuition: $145

Venue: Maclay Gardens State Park*, Tallahassee, FL *There is an entrance fee to enter the state park

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To reserve your spot for this limited opportunity call 850.445.3236 or e-mail: info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

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Advanced Kayak Paddle Stroke Course and Rolling Workshop
Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Advanced Kayak Paddle Stroke Course and Rolling Workshop

This is a full-day, advanced kayak paddle stroke skills and rescue course with Rolling Refinement Workshop (ACA Level-2/3 Kayak Skills Course):                                                                                  

Date: October 20, 2018, Saturday

Venue: Lake Lanier, GA (Bald Ridge Camp Ground)

Student: Instructor Ratio: Not to exceed 5:1

Full-Day Tuition: $230                                                                   (Paddle stroke class only option - $145 – 9:00 – 12:00)

Call or e-mail to reserve your place for this flat-water, ACA Level-2/3 Coastal Kayak course.

info@FloridaKayakSchool.com / 850.445.3236

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Tallahassee: Master Class: Paddle Stroke and Rescue: All-Women with Gennifer Gatan
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Tallahassee: Master Class: Paddle Stroke and Rescue: All-Women with Gennifer Gatan

This is your opportunity to learn paddle stroke and rescues from British Canoe Union, 5-Star paddler and ACA L-3 Instructor, Gennifer Gatan. This is an exclusive, women only class.

This course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and want to develop effective paddle strokes and learn self and assisted rescues. 

This course is a "must do" for beginning kayakers.

The course includes:

On land discussion/kayak outfitting and paddling technique, boat fit and adjustment, control hand/relaxed grip, torso rotation and paddlers box, boat designs for performance or stability

On water exercises/practice - Review and practice basic strokes: low brace, forward stroke, reverse stroke, J-lean and edging, forward sweep, reverse sweep, kayak spin (complete turn-around in one spot), ruddering, draw strokes and skulling draws.

Assisted Rescue: introduce and practice T and TX Rescue technique and individual practice of particular skills and personal coaching / questions / feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

This course will be conducted at: Maclay Gardens State Park, Lake Hall

There is a fee to enter the park. (Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. Does not include Gardens entry, January through April. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.)

Tuition: $145 per-person.

Venue: Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee, FL

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St. Marks, FL: Master Class: Women Only, Kayak Camping 101 with Gennifer Gatan
Aug
13
to Aug 15

St. Marks, FL: Master Class: Women Only, Kayak Camping 101 with Gennifer Gatan

This is your opportunity to learn what to take, how to pack and go boatin’ from British Canoe Union 5-Star paddler and ACA L-3 Instructor, Gennifer Gatan. Gennifer is a very experienced expedition paddler who lives in the Los Angels area and will be here at FKS&T to teach this Master Class for us. This edition of Kayak Camping 101 is an exclusive, women only class.

Kayak Camping 101:  Hate bugs, dirt, sleeping on the hard ground and eating gruel? It doesn’t have to be that way. With the right planning and gear, kayak camping can be enjoyed in real comfort - if not luxury. Your kayak is the perfect escape vehicle! More importantly, kayak camping offers a unique sensory experience. At remote campsites there is peace, solitude, and the sights, sounds and smells of nature. This experience allows for a mindset that creates a connection to nature that is second to none. In this environment, all food tastes like a gourmet meal. Inexpensive wine seems like the finest vintage. Sunrises and sunsets are longer and more profound and intense. This class will prepare you to experience the joys of getting way-away!

Part I: Lafayette Heritage Park: This land-based class will focus on a demonstration of “lavish” kayak camping. The talk will cover the basics of trip planning, equipment selection, packing and loading, site selection, and planning of food and water, dealing with local hazards, (bugs, storms, bears, etc.) and emergency equipment and procedures. If nothing else, you will be amazed at the luxurious amenities that can be stuffed into an ordinary touring/sea kayak.  This part of the course will be appox. 4 hours, 9:00 - 1:00, Friday, September 13. 2019. An equipment list for kayak camping and other kayak camping resources will be provided.

Part II:  Part II is of the Camping 101 course is a two-day, one-night, guided kayak camping paddle near Tallahassee. The paddle will be short, (approximately 5 miles each day with an option to have a late-afternoon “day-trip” after setting up camp), in relatively protected waters. This kayak camping trip calls for intermediate level paddling skills and appropriate safety gear as well as whatever amenities the participant chooses to bring. Meet at the put-in at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 and plan to be off the water by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.

Course Duration: Part 1: 4 hours;  Part 2: 2 days

Part 1 Course Fee: $85

Part 2 Course Fee: $145

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ACA - Day Trip Leader Course
Jun
9
to Jun 10

ACA - Day Trip Leader Course

This is an intensive, 2-day course designed for experienced, open-water kayakers who are considering becoming an ACA Certified Day Trip Leader.

Tuition: $335

Venue: St. Marks, FL, City Park

To reserve your spot for this course e-mail info@floridakayakschool.com or call 850.445.3236

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ACA - Day Trip Leader Course
May
5
to May 6

ACA - Day Trip Leader Course

This is an intensive, 2-day course designed for experienced, open-water kayakers who are considering becoming an ACA Certified Day Trip Leader.

Tuition: $335

Venue: St. Marks, FL, City Park

To reserve your spot for this course e-mail info@floridakayakschool.com or call 850.445.3236

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
May
2
9:00 AM09:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

This course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and want to develop effective paddle strokes and learn self and assisted rescues. 

This course is a "must do" for beginning kayakers.

The course includes:

On land discussion/kayak outfitting and paddling technique, boat fit and adjustment, control hand/relaxed grip, torso rotation and paddlers box, boat designs for performance or stability

On water exercises/practice - Review and practice basic strokes: low brace, forward stroke, reverse stroke, J-lean and edging, forward sweep, reverse sweep, kayak spin (complete turn-around in one spot), ruddering, draw strokes and skulling draws.

Assisted Rescue: introduce and practice T and TX Rescue technique and individual practice of particular skills and personal coaching / questions / feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

This course will be conducted at: Maclay Gardens State Park, Lake Hall

There is a fee to enter the park. (Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. Does not include Gardens entry, January through April. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.)

Tuition: $145 per-person.

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ACA, Level-1/Level2 Instructor Certification Workshop  - Pensacola Area
Apr
27
to Apr 29

ACA, Level-1/Level2 Instructor Certification Workshop - Pensacola Area

This is your chance to work with one of the most highly regarded Instructor Trainers in the country, Michael Gray of Uncommon Adventures, and become a certified instructor.  Michael is working in partnership with the Florida Kayak School and Tours to offer this American Canoe Association, Instructor Certification Workshop and certification assessment. This three-day course is being taught in Gulf Breeze, FL.

Venue: Gulf Breeze, Florida, Shoreline Park  (Pensacola area)

Tuition: $395

For questions or to register call 850.445.3236 or e-mail Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

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ACA, Level-2 Skills Training with ACA Instructor Trainer - Michael Gray
Apr
26
8:00 AM08:00

ACA, Level-2 Skills Training with ACA Instructor Trainer - Michael Gray

This full-day course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and wants to expand their paddling knowledge, develop effective paddle strokes, and learn various assisted and self-rescue techniques.

The course includes:

On land discussion/kayak outfitting and paddling technique, boat fit and adjustment, control hand/relaxed grip, torso rotation and paddlers box, boat designs for performance or stability

On water exercises/practice - Review and practice basic strokes: low brace, forward stroke, reverse stroke, J-lean and edging, forward sweep, reverse sweep, kayak spin (complete turn-around in one spot), ruddering, draw strokes and skulling draws.

Assisted and Self-Rescues: introduce and practice self and  T and TX rescue technique. We will focus on individual L-2 skills and is a stand-alone course but can be used to prepare students prior to students taking our L-2 Instructor Certification Workshop the following 3 days (4/27 - 29). 

Students will be given individual feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

Tuition: $150; Students must pre-register by calling 850.445.3236 or e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Venue: Shoreline Park, Gulf Breeze, FL

 

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