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What to Look For when Buying a Kayak

Posted: Apr 10 in Kayaking Blog by

There is a lot to consider when you are purchasing your first kayak. What type of water are you hoping to paddle through? What skill level are you on the water? What are you doing on the water—sightseeing, fishing or just relaxing?

Having the right type of equipment can really make your kayaking experience. Understanding what your personal goals are can help you to make the right purchase.
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Beginner Kayak Safety Primer

Posted: Dec 15 in Kayaking Blog by

Kayaking is an exciting sport that gets you out into the water for adventure and excitement. For many people, the beginning of their kayaking adventure is the entrance into a favorite new hobby that is practiced for a lifetime. When you are out on the water you will find that kayaking is a great work [...]

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Cumberland Island

Posted: Sep 09 in Kayaking Blog by

Live oak trees, Spanish moss and some of the most beautiful marshes that you have ever gazed upon is your back drop for your kayaking trip to Cumberland Island. When you want to get out on the water and exercise and breathe in the fresh Georgia air, the salt marshes that are around Cumberland Islands [...]

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Get Outside in the Fall

Posted: Sep 08 in Blog, Kayaking Blog by

Get Outside Enjoy the fall in Northeast Florida By Rachel Austin Now that the summer is ending, what will you be doing outdoors this fall? With the change of seasons comes a change in the rhythm of outdoor recreational opportunities in our area. We are fortunate to live in an area with so many natural [...]

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Kayaking Big Talbot Island

Posted: Jun 16 in Kayaking Blog by

Big Talbot Island is one of the most unique parks in Northeast Florida. Due to shore erosion large trees have fallen on to the beach along with black rock(peat) being uncovered. These two features give BTI a unique feel while paddling along its shore. [Read more]

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Wild Life Report

Posted: Nov 01 in Kayaking Blog by

The St. John’s County Audubon Society conducted a 16 day survey of hawk migration and on a platform from Guana Aquatic Preserve. The following are the numbers that passed the platform. [Read more]

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American Canoe Association

Posted: Oct 07 in Kayaking Blog by

What it means to achieve certification from the American Canoe Association In my 5 years of serving as a kayak instructor certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA), I have found that many people have no idea what being certified means or what it takes to become certified through the association. When I purchased Kayak [...]

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Sea Turtles Nesting Season

Posted: May 06 in Kayaking Blog by

We are just entering into the time of year when sea turtles are nesting on our shores. The five species of sea turtle that is native to our shores including the Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Green Sea Turtle, and Kemp’s Ridley. In St. Johns County four leatherback nests have been found, their nesting season is typically [...]

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Guana Lake Wildlife Report

Posted: Apr 03 in Kayaking Blog by

The Red Winged Blackbirds are here and nesting in the reeds. I have seen them in the cattails in Guana Lake and in the salt water marsh. They are really active and have been known to be aggressive when protecting their territory. [Read more]

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Right Whale Update March 2nd from Florida Master Naturalist Program Northeast

Posted: Mar 18 in Kayaking Blog by

Despite what felt like a slow start, we have had an excellent season so far, with 36 sightings. Eighteen of these were mother/calf pairs, twelve were singles or pairs, and six were Surface Active Groups (SAGs). [Read more]

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