What to Bring
While paddling on the open water, you will need drinking water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water shoes*; flip flops are not appropriate footwear. Dry bags* are helpful to keep your personal belongings from getting wet. You will also need a watch to track your time on the water. A valid credit card is required for security on your rental equipment.
During the cooler winter season, you should wear warm synthetic clothing. Natural fibers like cotton tend to hold water and trap the cold against your skin. We like to wear our foul weather gear over our clothes to repel water and wind.
On a full day trip you may want to pack a lunch and drinks (and alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Coolers must be small enough to strap down on a kayak or sit in a canoe. We have soft-sided coolers* for rent if needed. All trash must be returned to shore and deposited in a garbage bin so you may want to bring a plastic garbage bag.
If you plan to fish or scallop, a current Florida Saltwater Fishing License is required for ages 16 and over. Florida residents over aged 65 or older are not required to have fishing licenses. Many of the local bait/tackle stores will sell fishing licenses, or you can purchase it on-line (see our links page for the website). Gloves are recommended if you plan to scallop dive as well as mesh bags* and containers for your catch. A good shucking tool is a common household teaspoon. Dive flags* are required for all snorkeling activities.
And don't forget your camera and a smile!
*See our Rates page
for optional gear available for rent.