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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Apalachicola River Expedition


Apalachicola River Expedition

Sunday, February 11 – 16, Friday (2017)                                                                                   107+ miles                                                                                                                       Expedition Fee: $625

Join the Florida Kayak School and Tours on this flat-water river expedition through one of the most diverse bio-regions in the Southeast.  We will put in at the beginning of the Apalachicola River beneath the dam in Chatahoochee, Florida near the confluence of the Flint and the Chatahoochee Rivers. We will paddle, self-contained, along the bluffs of the upper-river and camp on the numerous sandbars and forested shore.  We will explore the numerous springs, rivers, creeks and swamps along our route that make this remote area expedition a truly unique experience on this “American Treasure” – the Apalachicola River.

Expedition members are expected to have at least American Canoe Association Level-2 kayaking/canoeing skills (http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/SEI-Courses/L2_EKT_Assessment.pdf) (http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/SEI-Courses/L2_ECT_Assessment.pdf) and be able to paddle at least 20 miles in a day and be able to average 3 mph on non-moving water. Each team member will need to provide their paddling and camping equipment.  Expedition team members are expected to have a touring kayak or canoe of at least 15’. FKS&T will provide the evening meal for each of the five nights on the river (2/11 – 15).  A shuttle service for paddlers and gear will be provided (Apalachicola back to Chatahoochee) are part of the expedition cost.  This opportunity is limited to only 6 participants.  Your guide will be Tommy Thompson, as ACA Level-4, Coastal Kayak Instructor and guide with more than 35 years of guiding experience.

Put-in:  Chatahoochee, FL 9:00 a.m., February 11  

Take-out: Apalachicola, FL, 2:00 p.m., February 16 and shuttle back to Chatahoochee by 5:00 p.m.

Deposit of $300 to reserve with balance due 15 days prior to put-in.  

For more information and/or to reserve your place on this limited opportunity contact:  FKS&T atinfo@FloridaKayakSchool.com / 850.445.3236