Intro to kayaking Part 1

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We´ll go out on the harbor to learn basic methods and have fun along the way.

So appropriately for conditions (If it will be cold, bring extra layers, farmer jane/john, wetsuit, etc.)

You'll need a few things: Drinking Water, Closed toe foot-gear required, water shoes recommended (we will likely be in and out of kayaks/boards and in proximity to oyster beds, rocks, etc.), A snack (some classes can be tiring and having an extra boost of energy can make all the difference), Sun protection (sun hats, sunscreen, long sleeves, or however you choose to protect yourself from the sun).

If you are in a rolling class, we highly recommend either a swim mask that covers your nose, or a combination of swim goggles and nose clip

Sweetwater kayaks is happy to provide you with a kayak or paddle board to use at no extra cost. We may require you to use one of our boats or boards if we believe yours could be unsafe or inappropriate for the class (such as a sit on top for a roll class).

We require PFDs to be used during instructional classes as well as any other safety equipment deemed necessary by your instructor.

Classes are subject to cancellation due to weather or any other hazards. Full refunds if you cannot reschedule are immediate!


Tim is the general manager of Sweetwater Kayak and loves spending time on the water and sharing skills to introduce new people to the sport. He teaches most of the introductory classes, so you may get him as a teacher for teach standup paddle board intro level 1 and 2 and kayak intro level one and level 2. All our instructors are also trained tour guides and can tell you about the wildlife, and sea creature you encounter.


Sweetwater Kayak

For the Sweetwater team paddling is more than an activity, it is a lifestyle. Since 1992, we have brought our love of water sports to our customers through Sweetwater Kayaks. From rentals to lessons and expeditions, we think that time is best spent on the water. We love everything from getting beginners on the water to helping seasoned paddlers fine tune their skills. Kayaking has allowed us to discover new places, have unforgettable experiences, and make lasting friendships and we want to share that with

Sweetwater Kayaks has Florida's most experienced staff, all certified by the American Canoe Association, British Canoeing, and/or World Paddle Association. We provide all levels of ACA and BC Instruction, Guided Tours, Customized Classes, and Rentals. Stop into the shop and talk to our experienced and knowledgeable staff to get started on your next paddling adventure!

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned paddler there will be numerous class options to challenge your skill and take you to the next level. We host a number of the finest paddling coaches for our symposium, to be sure that everyone receives individualized attention. Please note: All classes are weather and wind permitting, and you wil receive a full refund for cancellations.

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