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.”

 

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Florida Paddle Trails Association - Annual Reunion


Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (CT) Reunion is rapidly approaching!  The annual event is sponsored by the Florida Paddling Trails Association (FPTA) in cooperation with the Office of Greenways and Trails. We want to feature those who have most recently completed the CT.

When: April 21-23, 2017

Where: Youth Group Cabins, Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida 32712. Fees for cabins and dinner Friday night, Saturday and Sunday breakfast will be covered by the FPTA.

You will have to pay admission to get in the park.

Bring your own linens, pillow and soap.

Who is invited:

•Paddlers who have completed the entire 1,500-mile trail or at least halfway as a “work in progress”

•FPTA volunteers – Regional Directors and Trail Keepers

•CT Trail Angels – friends of paddlers in communities along the CT

•Managers of trails that overlay the CT such as the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail, Paddle Manatee, Great Calusa Blueway, Charlotte County Blueway Trails, Paradise Coast Blueway, Jupiter Waterway Trail and others.

•Experienced paddlers who are considering paddling the CT and who want to learn from the experts

•Paddlesports training participants.

•Participants must be FPTA members.

Schedule: Friday

•FPTA board meeting 2-4 p.m.

•7 p.m. Pizza and salad complements of FPTA

•Campfire stories and possible movie

Saturday

•Breakfast provided by FPTA

•Paddle Wekiva River/Rock Springs Run. Rentals are available. Embark from King’s Landing by 9:30 a.m. so we can take the 2:30 shuttle back to King’s Landing. $20 launch and shuttle fee per boat. Please let Doug know if you plan to use the shuttle so he can provide an accurate count.

•4 p.m. “Tales from the Trail” at the Group Camp Meeting Hall. Members of the general public are welcome to attend. No charge except for park admission.

•6: 30 p.m. Dinner on your own or as a group in town or at camp

Sunday

•Breakfast, compliments of FPTA

•Check out by 11 a.m.

Please RSVP to save your cabin space by April 7th. E-mail:

doug.alderson@dep.state.fl.us

Paddlers, please send in your nominations for “Trail Angels” awards so we can recognize those who make the long journey special with heartfelt “trail magic.". We had a wonderful gathering last year and look forward to look forward to meeting new friends and supporters of the CT April 21-23.

Please RSVP so we get an accurate head count!