Kayak tours and rentals

Guided kayak ecotours

Frequently Asked Questions - Kayaking

Just about everything you need to know about kayaking with KA..What happens if it rains...."You get wet!!"

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Segway Ecotour

The most fun you can have on two wheels. After a short lesson, we'll explore the off road trails.

Kayak Ecotour

Learn about the most productive ecosystem on the earth.

PHIT

Paddleboard High Intensity Training is not just a workout, it is a one of a kind experience, unique to our area! Whether it's burpees, squats, paddle sprints on the SUP you will be breathing hard at the end of the workout.

SUPY

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga....Where your yoga mat meets the sea... challenge your balance

Segway Tour

Low impact Segways are a great way to explore the drier side of the state park. Travel the off road trails thru the maritime forest.

Paddleboarding

Try the hottest new water sport.

SUPY

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga.....Where your yoga mat meets the sea...

Kids Summer Camp

Week long day camp for kids 7-14. Kayak, paddleboard, nature crafts, hike

Kayak rentals

Kayak rentals let you create your own adventure. Egrets, herons, wood storks and possibly a dolphin or manatee are frequently seen.

FL Keys trip

You'll want to go someplace warm this winter. Come join us in the Keys

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Frequently Asked Questions for kayaking

  1. I don't want to get trapped in this thing!
  2. What type of kayaks do you have?
  3. Do I need a reservation?
  4. What's the difference between guided tours and rentals?
  5. What if it rains?
  6. Can I bring the kids?
  7. What kind of wildlife will I see?
  8. Will I get wet?
  9. Can I rent a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard)?
  10. Do I need to know how to swim or kayak?
  11. Is it customary to tip the guides?

I don't want to get trapped in this thing!

  • You won't.....you'll be wearing a PFD(Personal Flotation Device). In the event of a 'wet exit' you'll be out and next to your kayak before you know what happened.
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What kind of kayaks do you have?

  • On our guided tours we use sea (touring) kayaks - the kind with a sit-in cockpit (as opposed to sit-on-tops)but we don't use spray skirts. We've found that these are the most comfortable and easily maneuverable for the beginner. For rentals we have recreational kayaks which are a bit more stable and shorter, perfect for exploring the salt marsh creek. We have sit-ins and sit-on tops for rentals. There are one and two person kayaks in our fleet.
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Do I need a reservaiton?

  • Reservations are required for ALL tours and classes. We do NOT take reservations for rentals, but we've rarely been short of kayaks.
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How are guided tours different from rentals?

  • Guided tours start with a short instruction, then paddle about 1 hour. We stop for a break on a sandbar and provide a snack then finish up with another hour of paddling. Guided tours are planned to go with the tide.
  • Rentals take off from our location in the middle of Simpson Creek. We supply you with a map and point out interesting places to stop and dangers to look out for. There are miles of salt marsh and small rivers to explore. When done you return to the place you started (which means half the trip will be against the tide).
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What if it rains?

  • Our utmost concern is the safety of our paddlers. Lightning and dangerous winds will cancel a guided tour or force us off the water if a trip is underway. A little rain won't cancel a trip, but a little lightning will. If a guided tour must be canceled because of bad weather you will not be charged. With rentals, we can tell you the forecast but, once you leave, there are no refunds for bad weather.
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Can I bring the kids?

  • We have taken children with us on trips. Younger ones (4-12) usually do well in double kayaks. For those that want to try paddling on their own (12 and up) we have kid sized kayaks. It depends on the child and their endurance. Another problem with children is attention span. What's absolutely fascinating to us can bore a three year old to tears. Sudden shifts in weight or position can make a kayak unstable. If your little one decides he wants to leave.....NOW!!...you will both go swimming.
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What kind of wildlife will I see?

  • The salt marsh ecosystem is one of the most diverse in hte world. Northeast Florida is part of the East Coast flyway for migrating birds of many species. We frequently see pelicans, egrets, herons, wood storks, terns, and various shore birds as well as other migrating birds. In the water we may see dolphins, manatees, otters, rays, and other fish.
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Will I get wet?

  • Only if you want to. The kayaks in our fleet are very stable and after a short time on the water you'll feel right at home but in the event of an unexpected exit, wet you will be. To help you deal with this situation, during the dry land segment of your instruction,on guided tours, we'll show you a procedure on how to leave you boat gracefully. Rental kayaks are even more stable but if you do roll a kayak most paddlers push it to shallower water and just dump it out.
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Can I rent a SUP(Stand Up Paddleboard)?

  • We rent our SUPs if you have had prior experience on a SUP because there are many sharp oysters along the creek where you will be paddling. Beginners tend to not have the control to keep themselves away from the oysters. An oyster cut can become a life threatening situation and will definitely mess up your vacation. If you don't have experience, try a SUP Intro class first.
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Do I need to know how to swim or how to kayak?

  • No, your PFD will keep you afloat if you accidentally go into the water. We suggest taking a guided tour if you have never kayaked because there is a short paddle instruction at the beginning of the tour and the guides are there to help out along the way.
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Is it customary to tip the guides at the end of the trip?

  • If this means you want to dunk us in celebration of a successful voyage, NO! Gratuities, on the other hand, while not necessary are always appreciated. 15-20% is customary.
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