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’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.”

 

Customized, Private and Group Kayak Skills and Rescue Instruction
May
1
to Dec 31

Customized, Private and Group Kayak Skills and Rescue Instruction

One of the many elements of the Florida Kayak School and Tours that make us unique is that we meet you where you are in regard to each client's abilities and desired outcomes. For this to happen it is essential to communicate with the staff so a specialized program can be created to ensure clients know what they are getting into and what they may expect to get out of this experience.

At The Florida Kayak School and Tours we will help you to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to explore with confidence and safety. Through our American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union designed courses, kayakers will gain an understanding of the various and changing environments of kayaking.  Kayakers will develop skills and judgment with an understanding of personal abilities and limitations in the face of the ever-changing environment of sea kayaking.

The Florida Kayak School and Tours is based in Florida's Panhandle (Tallahassee).  However, we offer kayaking instruction throughout the region through our staff's insatiable wanderlust and a cadre of American Canoe Association certified, affiliate instructors.  We can put together a customized skills and/or rescue course to be taught at a time and place that will work for you and your agenda.

Call or e-mail to begin the conversation to feel more comfortable and confident in your paddling skills and to be safe on the water.

Florida Kayak School and Tours:  850.445.3236                                 info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

 

 

 

 

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Connoisseur, Custom Tours
Jan
1
to Dec 31

Connoisseur, Custom Tours

In addition to our scheduled paddle trips to places far afield, we offer a connoisseur, custom tour planning and guiding service to that special place on your bucket list.

Contact us with your dream trip and let us pull this bucket list trip into focus with a proposal to fit your wanderlust and budget.

FKS&T: info@FloridaKayakSchool.com/  850.445.3236

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Call Today to Schedule Your Customized Training
Jan
1
to Dec 31

Call Today to Schedule Your Customized Training

At FKS&T we can custom-design a course that suits your specific paddle skills and knowledge in paddling and kayak touring outcomes. Organizer of a group course will 1/2 off the course tuition. (Organizer goes for 1/2 tuition with 4 full-tuition students).  We travel far and wide to suit your venue and will gladly try our best to accommodate your schedule.

Organizer of a group course will 1/2 off the course tuition. (Organizer goes for 1/2 tuition with 4 full-tuition students)

Call or E-mail today: 850.445.3236/  Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

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Scheduled and Custom Kayak & Walking Nature-based Tours
Mar
1
to Dec 31

Scheduled and Custom Kayak & Walking Nature-based Tours

Take a paddle or walk on Florida's wilder side with nature and history guide extraordinaire, Brack Barker. In collaboration with Wild Florida Adventures, FKS&T invites you to visit Wild Florida Adventures' Calendar (click here) for scheduled paddling and walking, nature-based and scholarly tours of the Big Bend coastal area and central Florida. If you don't see what will work for your specific interest or at a time that works with you schedule, visit Wild Florida Adventures by clicking here.

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ACA Certification, Day Trip Leader Course
Nov
18
to Nov 19

ACA Certification, Day Trip Leader Course

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

Tuition: $290

Venue: St. Marks, FL, Wakllua River Park

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

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CUBA!: The Ultimate Kayak Adventure  Now taking reservations!  Reserve today!
Dec
8
to Dec 15

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 December 8 – 15, 2017. 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 is $500

Cost: 500.00

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

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CUBA!  The Ultimate Cuba Kayak Adventure - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Jan
12
to Jan 19

CUBA! The Ultimate Cuba Kayak Adventure - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Florida Kayak School is offering Florida State University's Osher Lifelong Learning members an opportunity explore wild and natural CUBA through day-trip kayaking and hiking in one of the most pristine and least explored places in the Caribbean.  This opportunity is reserved for current OLLI members only.

For more information and booking reservations visit:  http://www.cubaadventurecompany.com/kayak/

For questions e-mail: info@FloridaKayakSchool.comor call 850.445.3236

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 December 8 – 15, 2017. 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 is $500

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

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ACA L-1 through L-3 Instructor Certification Workshops - St. Pete, FL area
Jan
17
to Jan 21

ACA L-1 through L-3 Instructor Certification Workshops - St. Pete, FL area

For experienced ACA instructors, this is you chance to become anCoastal Kayak Instructor (L-1 through L-3) through this intensive course and certification exam. This course is taught by ACA certified Instructor Trainer, Tom Nickels.

To reserve your space for this workshop or for questions call 850.445.3236 or e-mail Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

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ACA, Level-2 Skills Training with ACA Instructor
Apr
26
9:00 AM09:00

ACA, Level-2 Skills Training with ACA Instructor

This course is designed to help the paddler who already has their own kayak and want 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 also focus on individual L-2 skills and personal coaching 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: $95 Students must pre-register by calling 850.445.3236 or e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Venue: Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee, FL

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ACA L-2 Instructor Certification Workshop with Michael Gray
Apr
27
to Apr 29

ACA L-2 Instructor Certification Workshop with Michael Gray

This is your chance to become an American Canoe Association, L-1/L-2 Coastal Kayak, Certified Instructor.  Michael Gray of Uncommon Adventures will be your Instructor Trainer for this rare, Big Bend area Instructor Certification Workshop.

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

Tuition: Course fee $395/student (must have pre-register with 50% deposit). Contact 850.445.3236 or e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com to register

 

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ACA, L-1/L-2 Instructor Certicfication Workshop - Tallahassee/St. Marks, FL
May
4
to May 6

ACA, L-1/L-2 Instructor Certicfication Workshop - Tallahassee/St. Marks, FL

This is your chance to become an American Canoe Association, L-1/L-2 Coastal Kayak, Certified Instructor.  Tom Nickels will be your Instructor Trainer for this rare, Big Bend area Coastal Kayak, Instructor Certification Workshop.

Venue: St. Mark Florida, Wakulla River Park  (Tallahassee area)

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

 

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Sagety/Rescue Class
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Sagety/Rescue Class

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

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

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 $25 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 Sate Park, Tallahassee, 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.)

Course Fee: $95

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

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class

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

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

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 $25 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 Sate Park, Tallahassee, 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.)

Course Fee: $95

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

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CLOSED for Apalachicola RiverTrek 2017
Oct
10
to Oct 14

CLOSED for Apalachicola RiverTrek 2017

The Florida Kayak School and Tours works directly with the Apalachicola RiverKeepers to preserve, protect, and restore the Apalachicola River's watershed environment ("The most endangered river in the US.").  We will be closed October 10 - 14 as we support RiverTrek 2017 in this fund and awareness raising effort.

Please consider making a donation and becoming a member of the Apalachicola RiverKeepers. For more information on our efforts and to become a member and/or donate to the RiverTrek 2017 Team visit:

http://apalachicolariverkeeper.org/rivertrek/

 

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Wacissa Springs Mini Eco-Tour
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Wacissa Springs Mini Eco-Tour

This is an excellent introduction to the beautiful springs of North Florida and an introduction to kayaking.  We will gather at the headwaters of the Wacissa River and explore the springs, flora and fauna to "Big Blue" and return within about 2 hours. Swimming is an option here!

Mini Eco-Tour: 2 - 3 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.

Experience and Kayak Skill Level: Level I, Beginner paddler wanting to experience this amazingly beautiful place!

Call or e-mail to reserve:  Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com / 850.445.3236

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

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 $25 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: $45

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

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class

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

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: Frank Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park,281 FL-20, Niceville, FL 32578

Please note, this class is in Central Time Zone

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L-2 ACA Kayak Skills Assessment/Certification Course - Maclay Gardens
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

L-2 ACA Kayak Skills Assessment/Certification Course - Maclay Gardens

The successful completion of this American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-2 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through personalized and constructive feedback from our ACA certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor. Participants do not have to be an ACA member to participate.

Venue:  This course is being taught at Tallahassee's Maclay Gardens State Park                             Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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L-3 ACA Coastal Kayak Skills Course/Assessment Course, St. Marks FL
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

L-3 ACA Coastal Kayak Skills Course/Assessment Course, St. Marks FL

his American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-3 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through constructive feedback from our certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor.

Venue:  This course is being taught St. Marks, FL, City Park                                              Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Sep
5
2:00 PM14:00

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 $25 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: $45

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

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety and Self-Rescue
Aug
29
9:00 AM09:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety and Self-Rescue

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

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: Frank Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park,281 FL-20, Niceville, FL 32578

Course Fee: $95

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

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class
Aug
26
9:00 AM09:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class

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

This course will be conducted at: St. Marks, FL, Wakulla River Park

Course Fee: $95

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

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Knots Tying for Kayayers Workshop
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Knots Tying for Kayayers Workshop

Learn the essential knots for kayakers in this land-based workshop.  Participants will be given a hank of line, an illustrated guide to the most used knots in kayaking, and guided coaching as to which knots are used and when/where. 

Course Fee: $15

Venue: Lafayette-Heritage Park, 4900 Heritage Park Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32311

Participants must pre-register by e-mailing or calling:  info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or calling 850.445.3236                                                                                                                                                                                                

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2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Aug
22
2:00 PM14:00

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 $25 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: $45

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

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Kayak Navigation / Rules of the Road Workshop
Aug
20
9:00 AM09:00

Kayak Navigation / Rules of the Road Workshop

Did you know that "even nuns wear red?"  In this land-based course we will explore the navigation buoy system, route planning, various charts and maps, compass use, GPS and other electronic navigation tools with an eye toward kayak touring application.  Each participant will be given handouts that will help in continued learning of the "Rules of the Road", glossary of nautical terms, a list of on-line, navigation and nautical sources.

Course Fee: $25

Venue: Lafayette-Heritage Park, 4900 Heritage Park Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32311

Participants must pre-register by e-mailing or calling:  info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or calling 850.445.3236                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

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L-3 ACA Skills Certification Course/Assessment, St. Marks FL
Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

L-3 ACA Skills Certification Course/Assessment, St. Marks FL

This American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-3 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through constructive feedback from our certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor.

Venue:  This course is being taught St. Marks, FL, City Park                                              Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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L-2 ACA Skills Certification Course - Tallahassee, Maclay Gardens
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

L-2 ACA Skills Certification Course - Tallahassee, Maclay Gardens

The successful completion of this American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-2 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through personalized and constructive feedback from our ACA certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor. Participants do not have to be an ACA member to participate.

Venue:  This course is being taught at Tallahassee's Maclay Gardens State Park                             Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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ACA Day-Trip Leader, St. Marks FL
Aug
12
to Aug 13

ACA Day-Trip Leader, St. Marks FL

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

Tuition: $290

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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2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Aug
8
2:00 PM14:00

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 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: $45

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

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L-3 Coastal Kayak Skills Assessment/Certification Course
Aug
2
9:00 AM09:00

L-3 Coastal Kayak Skills Assessment/Certification Course

This American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-3 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through constructive feedback from our certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor.

Venue:  This course is being taught St. Marks, FL, City Park                                              Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class
Jul
29
12:00 PM12:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class

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

This course will be conducted at: St. Marks, FL, Wakulla River Park

Course Fee: $95

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

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2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Jul
25
2:00 PM14:00

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 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: $45

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

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L-2 ACA Skills Certification Course - Tallahassee, Maclay Gardens
Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

L-2 ACA Skills Certification Course - Tallahassee, Maclay Gardens

he successful completion of this American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-2 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through personalized and constructive feedback from our ACA certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor. Participants do not have to be an ACA member to participate.

Venue:  This course is being taught at Tallahassee's Maclay Gardens State Park                             Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Jul
3
2:00 PM14:00

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 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: $45

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

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L-3 ACA Coastal Kayak Skills Assessment/Certification Course, St. Marks, FL
Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

L-3 ACA Coastal Kayak Skills Assessment/Certification Course, St. Marks, FL

This American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-3 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through constructive feedback from our certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor.

Venue:  This course is being taught St. Marks, FL, City Park                                              Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class

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

This course will be conducted at: St. Marks, FL, Wakulla River Park

Course Fee: $95

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

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ACA - Day Trip Leader Course
Jun
17
to Jun 18

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: $290

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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L-2 Skills ACA Certification Course - Tallahassee, Maclay Gardens
Jun
14
9:00 AM09:00

L-2 Skills ACA Certification Course - Tallahassee, Maclay Gardens

he successful completion of this American Canoe Association Skills Assessment Course will earn ACA members the L-2 Certification if skills and knowledge are successfully demonstrated during this course.  This is also an opportunity to refine your paddling technique through personalized and constructive feedback from our ACA certified, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Kayak Instructor. Participants do not have to be an ACA member to participate.

Venue:  This course is being taught at Tallahassee's Maclay Gardens State Park                             Course Fee: $145

For questions and to reserve your spot for this rare, west Florida offering of this course e-mail info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236

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