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: 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.


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Roatan Island Instructor Development Workshop and Vacation

Sign up today to reserve your spot for this 8-day, kayaking Instructor Development Workshop and vacation in the warm and blues waters of Roatan!  For this program Tommy Thompson is teaming up with Michael Gray of Uncommon Adventures to offer you a way to multi task while on vacation. Both Tommy and Michael, are really on the same page, instructionally speaking, so if you are looking for high standards in a low pressure environment, you’ve found it.  If you are just interested in a tropical vacation with a little paddling, some snorkeling on a living coral reef, perhaps some diving and having some really great meals, you’ve come to the right place.  (Michael literally wrote the book on great kayak cooking!) If you are an aspiring kayak instructor or simply wanting to up your skills game, you can do that too. Bring your mate, bring your family or just bring your flip-flops and prepare for a great time!

Situated 40 miles offshore of the Caribbean coast of Honduras lies a mountaintop that rises up out of the ocean.  Haloed by a ring of healthy coral, the name of that very hilly island is Roatan. Situated 90 miles due East of Belize, it is a well-known dive destination that is service by all major airlines on direct flights from the US.  You can start in Detroit, NY or Minneapolis and be on island time by lunchtime.  It’s that easy. We’ll help you sort out flight schedules for the best deals…our schedule is built around Saturday arrivals and departures, so they all work for us.

The Courses:  for those interested in American Canoe Association instruction, we start with a Level 3 skills training with integrated assessment and then ease into an L3 Instructor Development Workshop in 80 degree water at a relaxed pace. You may even have time for some diving. Michael has 25 winters of Roatan experience, so he knows all the little local channels and places to play in currents and waves as well as the best place for ceviche and rum drinks.  Just need an update?  No problem…we can make that happen.  We will be based at Marble Hill Farms, a comfortable tropical fruit farm out on the remote east end of the island where you can wake to the sound of yellow naped parrots and the smell of Honduran estate grown coffee.

March 24-31 Saturday-to-Saturday, 8 days, 7 nights

Costs: $1995/Dbl from Roatan. Traveling solo? No sweat…private room for the week for $200 more

What’s included? All course fees, meals and lodging, kayaks, airport transfers, two well-seasoned coaches and a craft mojito lesson.

Extras: Diving (but reasonably priced), guided fishing, alcohol (bar and restaurant on site

To reserve your spot for this unique IDW/vacation or for questions contact FKS&T at , 850.445.3236  OR, contact Michael at