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: 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.”

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.

 

Don't see what you are looking for?  Contact us for personalized courses!
Jul
19
to Dec 22

Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us for personalized courses!

Through a customized, connoisseur instruction service we can custom-fit a skills course or informational training for you. Once we decide on the appropriate course for you that will help you toward your paddling goals we will then promote the course through our website and our social-media outlets.  We arrange for private courses or invite others to the course to join the fun.

Contact FKS&T at: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Call: 850.445.3236

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Savannah Canoe and Kayak: Sea and Surf Weekend
Oct
18
to Oct 20

Savannah Canoe and Kayak: Sea and Surf Weekend

FKS&T’s Tommy Thompson will be part of the teaching team at Savannah Canoe and Kayak’s

SEA & SURF WEEKEND
FRI - SUN OCTOBER 18-20TH

COACHING SESSIONS FOR THE INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE PADDLER
SEA KAYAK, SURF KAYAK, SURF SKI, PADDLEBOARD
CLASSES, DAY TRIPS, SOCIALS, & PRIZES!

COACHES: DALE WILLIAMS, SPENCER COOKE, NICK SCOVILLE, RYAN TAYLOR, NIGEL LAW, MIKE ROBINSON, KRISTIN LAW, LARRY DIXON, TOMMY THOMPSON

For more informing and how to reserve your spot go directly to: http://www.savannahcanoeandkayak.com/sea-surf-weekend

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Yankeetown and Inglis, FL:  Hidden Coast Paddling Festival
Oct
23
to Oct 27

Yankeetown and Inglis, FL: Hidden Coast Paddling Festival

Come paddle Florida’s incredible Hidden Coast and explore the rivers, wild coastlines and quaint local communities along the Gulf of Mexico from Yankeetown to Steinhatchee. We offer a wide variety of guided Paddles and land events to please most everyone.

FKS&T’s Tommy Thompson will again be co-teaching a paddle stroke and rescues class with the Florida Paddling Trails Association’s Jill Lingard. This is only one event offered in this 5-day event.

This is a limited event. Registration will be limited to only 60 participants. Registration is only $125 for 5 days of tours, coaching and fun!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.hiddencoastpaddlingadventure.com

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Fully Guided and Fully Catered Big Bend Kayak/Camping Tour.
Nov
8
to Nov 11

Fully Guided and Fully Catered Big Bend Kayak/Camping Tour.

NOTICE: This trip is fully booked! Please contact FKS&T to get on the waiting list.

We are organizing a Big Bend area, fully-guided and catered tour based in Ochlockonee River State Park. Participants will have an opportunity to explore several of the region’s most beautiful and remote waterways by kayak. Participants may also decide to use our guided, powerboat service to explore the fishing opportunities. This tour is fully catered. This tour is limited to only 10 guests so let us know if you want us to pencil you in for one of the first to receive full details to save your space.

Venue: Ochlockonee River State Park

Get on the notification list to be the first to get the opportunity to sign up!

Contact: Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

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St. Marks, FL: Navigation and Tides/Reading the Water
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

St. Marks, FL: Navigation and Tides/Reading the Water

This is an on-water instruction, 5 mile, sunset paddle for intermediate paddlers (possible current and wind challenges).  We will put in at the St. Marks City boat ramp and paddle south as we practice navigation skills, reading the water, and using the tides/river flow to the paddler’s advantage. All of this happens as we explore the wildlife-rich marsh of the lower St. Marks River where few ever venture. We will  re-enter the St. Marks River and return along the east side of the river and to our put in. Estimated time on the water is approximately 2+ hours.

Tuition: $55*

*Paddling equipment is available for an additional $35.

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

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Sunshine State SportsAbility - Florida Disability Outdoor Association
Apr
2
to Apr 4

Sunshine State SportsAbility - Florida Disability Outdoor Association

FKS&T is proud to support the Florida Disabled Outdoor Association’s SportsAbility

Thursday, April 2, 2020. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Opening Ceremony Seminole Showdown. City of Tallahassee / Kiwanis Miracle Field (Messer Park)

Friday, April 3, 2020. 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. EXPO / Indoor Sports. TCC Lifetime Sports Complex

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Family Fun Day / Outdoor Sports: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

For more information visit: https://www.fdoa.org/sportsability-tallahassee

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Tallahassee: 4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Class
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tallahassee: 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: 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: $165

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

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Indian River Beach: Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Indian River Beach: Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

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

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: Oars and Paddle Park, Indian River Park (1329 Banana River Park Dr.), Indian River Beach, FL

Tuition: $165 per-person.

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Expedition Leadership Training: Apalachicola River Expedition
Sep
19
to Sep 22

Expedition Leadership Training: Apalachicola River Expedition

In this course we will put the development of your leadership style and skills front-and-center in this 5-day expedition along the entire, 106 mile length of the Apalachicola River. Tuition will include breakfast and evening meal for the trip. Participants will prepare their own meals and be responsible for their own expedition equipment. Both beach and forest camping is available (hammocks will work). Evening activities will include a discussion of leadership styles and a decision of the day’s portion of the expedition and prepare for the following

Tuition: $750: Tuition will include breakfast and evening meal for the trip, printed materials on expedition leadership; shuttle services.

Limited to 5 Participants: To reserve your place e-mail: info@floridakayakschool.com or call 850.445.3236

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Kayak Navigation / Rules of the Road Workshop
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

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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Tallahassee Area: Knot Tying for Kayayers Workshop
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Tallahassee Area: Knot 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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Tallahassee Area: Kayak Paddle Stroke/Safety and On-water Rescue Course
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Tallahassee Area: Kayak Paddle Stroke/Safety and On-water Rescue Course

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

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: Maclay Gardens State Park, Lake Hall

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.)

Tuition: $165 per-person.

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Tallahassee Area - Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

Tallahassee Area - Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

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

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: Maclay Gardens State Park, Lake Hall

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.)

Tuition: $165 per-person.

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Tallahassee: 2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Tallahassee: 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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Tallahassee:  2-Hour Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting Class
Aug
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tallahassee: 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 $35 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: $65

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

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Jacksonville Area - Ft. George Inlet: Rough-water and Tide-race Training
Jul
27
9:30 AM09:30

Jacksonville Area - Ft. George Inlet: Rough-water and Tide-race Training

Join Tommy Thompson, ACA, Level-4 Coastal Kayak Instructor, for some rough-water play and tide study.

We will gather at the parking area just south of Little Talbot State Park (Ft. George Inlet) to discuss tides and the impact tides have on the coastal kayaker. We will practice basic and advanced paddle stroke as well as open-water rescues before we head into the inlet’s mouth for some rough-water paddling and perhaps a chance to practice ur rough-water rescues.

Tuition: $165

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White Springs, FL area:  Upper Suwannee River NOT Going with the Flow Class
Jul
24
7:30 AM07:30

White Springs, FL area: Upper Suwannee River NOT Going with the Flow Class

Do you spend more time in the shuttle vehicle than you spend on the water? Learn to think like a salmon and read the river as you make your way upstream. The river dynamics are similar to the tide flows and what learned here can help the coastal paddler navigate costal areas as well as get you out of the shuttle bus! Experience the challenges of paddling the “Gran Dame of the South” in the quiet of summer’s warmth and take a dip in the river to baptize yourself in these special and historic waters. At the season’s low water levels see the ogeechee tupelos’ roots in their grander and lunch on the sandy beaches.

This is NOT for the novice paddler! We will put-in and paddle UPSTREAM for about 3 hours before taking a lunch break and returning to your vehicle. Be sure to bring plenty of water, lunch and snack, sunscreen. Also, dress for the weather. Only lighting will call off this trip.

Tuition: $95

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St. Augustine, FL:  Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

St. Augustine, FL: Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

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

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: Vilano Boat Ramp, St. Augustine, FL

Tuition: $145 per-person.

Venue: Vilano Boat Ramp, St. Augustine, FL

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St. Marks FL:  Master Class: Tour/Guide Leadership and Essential Kayak Tour Trip Leader
May
4
to May 5

St. Marks FL: Master Class: Tour/Guide Leadership and Essential Kayak Tour Trip Leader

This leadership and paddling skills course is team-taught by Farley Doucette, a national leader in experiential education and leadership, and Tommy Thompson, an ACA Lever-4 Coastal Kayak Instructor and international guide.

Farley Doucette was born and raised in Florida and has been paddling since he was 11 years old. He worked in education for 35 years and is a Coastal Master Naturalist, a Rescue Diver, an Outward Bound consultant and a Ropes Course Director. As an experiential educator, Farley has taught organizations how to facilitate the “outdoor experience” to maximize growth, leadership and group dynamic skill sets. He is a volunteer guide with Paddle Florida and enjoys long distance paddling expeditions. Farley is passionate about teaching the art of facilitation to others so that they may lead safe, enjoyable, educational and inspirational outdoor experiences. 

This course will focus on various leadership elements (including group management and activities, trip planning and paddling/rescue skills) essential for responsible leadership on the water. The successful completion of this course includes the Florida Kayak School and Tour Essential Kayak Tour Trip Leader certification which will be taught by FKS&T owner/guide/instructor, Tommy Thompson.

Venue: Wakulla River Park, St. Marks Florida

Course Tuition: $325

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Miami Area - ACA Paddle Sport Facilitator - Kayaking
Apr
16
9:00 AM09:00

Miami Area - ACA Paddle Sport Facilitator - Kayaking

If you are in a position of leadership to facilitate put people on the water for sit-in or sit-on-top kayaking this is an excellent course for you and your staff to ensure that the current best practices are being used. This all-day course involves “classroom” and on-water instruction. A demonstration of paddle skills and knowledge (including a written test) are required for certification. Participants are expected to provide their own paddling equipment. (*Equipment is available for an additional $35 per person.)

Course Tuition: $165

Venue: TBA

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SportsAbility - Outdoor Day
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

SportsAbility - Outdoor Day

FKS&T is proud to again participate in the Florida Disabled Outdoor Association’s SportsAbility Outdoor Day. This 3-day festival and celebration will culminate on Saturday, 4/13, with a day of facilitating and supporting people with various disabilities to experience a wide range of outdoor activities.

To register and to learn more about this amazing program visit:

https://www.fdoa.org/sportsability-tallahassee

The Outdoor Day is at Maclay Gardens State Park, 9:00 - 3:00

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Patagonia Paddling in Chile - "Chillin' in Chile!"  (March 17 - 24 ONLY 2 Spots Left!)
Mar
17
to Mar 24

Patagonia Paddling in Chile - "Chillin' in Chile!" (March 17 - 24 ONLY 2 Spots Left!)

Come join us for an unforgettable Patagonian adventure in the magnificent fjords of Comau, Quintupeu and Cahuelmo, the eastern side of the Gulf of Ancud, where wild mountains cliffs soar out of the dark waters to touch the sky.

·       glacial valleys,

·       primeval temperate rainforests, and

·       numerous kinds of marine wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, penguins and other sea birds.

·       fresh salmon steaks, prepared by our cook in the galley

·       relax in hot pools.

·       Spread your sleeping bag under the diamond stars of the Southern Cross.

Words alone simply cannot express the unique beauty and variety of this majestic land.

Call or e-mail for available dates for this trip of a lifetime!

Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com or call 850.445.3236.

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Miami Area: 4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Miami Area: 4-Hour Paddle Stroke and Safety/Rescue Course

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

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 in the Miami area

Tuition: $145 per-person.

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Calusa Blueway Speakers Series - Ft. Myers
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Calusa Blueway Speakers Series - Ft. Myers

Lee County’s amazing Parks and Rec. is the host for the Calusa Blueway Speakers Series. The March 5th gathering will feature Tommy Thompson and Peg Phillips who will speak on Paddling Florida Adventures.

Note: The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center.

For more information and directions to the program, contact Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center at 239- 432-2154.Trail information is at www.calusablueway.com or www.leeparks.org/blueway. Find Calusa Blueway on Facebook. Visit the iTunes store or Google Play to download the free smart-phone app. Visitors can find information at www.fortmyers-sanibel.com.

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Don't see what you are looking for?  Contact us for personalized courses!
Mar
1
9:00 AM09:00

Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us for personalized courses!

Through a customized, connoisseur instruction service we can custom-fit a skills course or informational training for you. Once we decide on the appropriate course for you that will help you toward your paddling goals we will then promote the course through our website and our social-media outlets.  We arrange for private courses or invite others to the course to join the fun.

Contact FKS&T at: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Call: 850.445.3236

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Planning a visit to Florida's Panhandle?  We can help.
Feb
20
9:30 AM09:30

Planning a visit to Florida's Panhandle? We can help.

Through a customized connoisseur guiding and shuttling service we can custom-fit a tour and expedition support for you. We work closely with various Florida State agencies and non-profits to help visitors to “The Sunshine State” to get the most out of their visit to “The real Florida.”

For a discussion of your specific need and estimate contact us at:

Info@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Or, call us at: 850.445.3236

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SmartStart Paddling /Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting:
Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

SmartStart Paddling /Paddle Stroke and Kayak Fitting:

The SmartStart Paddling Orientation: Kayak will expose participants to the basic safety and paddling skills. This course includes pre-launch orientation which includes the essential kayaking gear, parts of the kayak and how to safely launch in calm conditions. The on-water orientation includes various paddle strokes and maneuvers.                                               Course Duration: 2 hr.                                                                                                           Course Tuition: $65                                                                                                                                         Venue: Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee. *There is an entrance fee to this state park.*

 

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Safety/Self and Assisted-Rescue
Feb
12
12:00 PM12:00

Safety/Self and Assisted-Rescue

This course is our most popular training course. The course offers the paddler an opportunity to learn and refine some of the most used open-water rescue techniques.  In this course we will learn the "T" and "T-X" assisted-rescue and the "cowboy/cowgirl" self-rescue and the paddle float self-rescue.  Participants are asked to dress for complete immersion and expect to enjoy your kayak as a pool toy for this course.                                                                                                                 Course Duration: 2 hrs.                                                                                                          Course Tuition: $65                                                                                                              Venue: Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee *There is an entrance fee for this state park.                                                           

For more information call 850.445.3236 or e-mail: info@FloridaKayakSchool.com.

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Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us for personalized courses!

Through a customized, connoisseur instruction service we can custom-fit a skills course or informational training for you. Once we decide on the appropriate course for you that will help you toward your paddling goals we will then promote the course through our website and our social-media outlets.  We arrange for private courses or invite others to the course to join the fun.

Contact FKS&T at: Sales@FloridaKayakSchool.com

Call: 850.445.3236

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