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: 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.”


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Big Bend Saltwater Paddle Trail Expedition - 5 Days Paddling, 4 nights Camping

An excellent way to learn how to kayak tour is to take our Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail Expedition.   Not only will you experience one of the wildest, most remote coastlines in the lower 48 but you will learn how to prepare, organize, pack, navigate and celebrate the joys of kayak touring under the leadership of Tommy Thompson on this 5-day expedition.  The expedition is open to experienced, ACA, Coastal Kayak Level-3 (or equivalent skills) or higher, open-water paddlers.  This expedition is unsupported and each paddler is responsible for their own gear and provisions. (Expedition kayak and paddle gear is available for an additional fee.) Camp sites will be those established on the Big Bend Saltwater Trail.  The expedition will travel up to 15 miles in a day.  The exact itinerary will depend on various elements including weather and paddlers' desires to explore the wildlife and culturally rich Big Bend coast.  We will put in on the Aucilla River and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.   We will then make our way along the coast toward our final destination of Suwannee, Florida where the famous Suwannee River enters the Gulf. We will then return to our put-in via shuttle. To apply for a place on this expedition contact Tommy at:   Duration: 5 days; Expedition Fee $440* (Includes shuttle fee)

Florida Kayak School Course Deposit, Cancellation, Refund Policy: The Florida Kayak School activities go rain or shine. Should the Florida Kayak School cancel your reservation due to extreme weather conditions or other safety related concerns, you may reschedule or receive a full refund. If YOU cancel or decrease your numbers the following applies:

Reservation for Florida Kayak School Courses:  To reserve a spot for a course requires a 50% deposit.  The balance of the charge is due 30 days prior to the beginning of the activity.

Course Closure: Florida Kayak School closes courses registration 3 weeks prior to the beginning date of the activity.  Should a minimum of participants not commit to this activity, the Florida Kayak School will cancel the course and give those who have paid a full refund or reservation credit (client’s choice).  

Cancellations: Cancellations 30 or more days prior to the activity date will receive full refund minus a 5% cancellation fee. Cancellations 14-29 days prior to the beginning of the activity date will receive a full reservation booking credit minus a 5% cancellation fee. Cancellations 0-13 days prior to the activity date are not extended a refund or credit.

Reservation credits are valid one year from the activity date.