Equivalent to ACA Level 1 Training
Time: 2-3 hours
Wednesdays are set aside for lessons and can be scheduled in advance for almost any time. Most other mornings are available for lessons with at least a 24 hour notice.
From “first time in a kayak” to expert, our Beginner Kayak Lesson is a great way to have fun and to build your confidence on the water! These courses focus on skill sets specific to their respective environments and are taught in respect to the American Canoe Association (ACA) standards. All classes are semi-private, meaning you are private or with similar skill level students. All of our Beginner Kayak Lessons with Naples Kayak Company are taught by ACA Certified Instructors.
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Intro to Kayaking
– You don’t have to have any experience to join this 1.5-2 hour introductory class. Our introduction to kayaking course is a fun and easy way to get started kayaking. In this half day class you will learn about kayaking safety, equipment, launching and landing and basic strokes.
This class is geared for all types of kayaks, from sit on top and recreational boats to touring sea kayaks. Beginners are welcome!
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Synthetic clothing is the best to wear as it dries quickly and breathes well. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended as the Florida Sun is usually shining. Bringing a bottle of water is also recommended.
Lessons can be done any day of the week. We request that you book your tour at least by 3pm on the previous day so that we can guarantee your guide. If you have a last minute request give us a call anyway and we’ll try our best to secure you a guide. 239 262 6149
We accept all forms of payment, including all major credit cards. We accept checks with a phone number and drivers license number. Our new online booking software makes it easy and secure to book your Beginner Kayak Lesson.
After you have booked your Beginner Kayak Lesson, you will receive an email confirmation. Your Kayak Guide will call you the evening prior to your tour and make sure that you understand how to get to the tour location. He or she will also provide his or her cellular phone number.
Fires are allowed only at beach sites along that Gulf Coast, below the storm surge line near the high tide line, using only downed wood. No fires are allowed at ground or chickee sites.
Trash must be packed out. Included in trash should be food scraps and used toilet paper; leave sites cleaner than you find them.
Use toilets where provided. At sites without facilities, bury human waste in a hole at least 6″ deep. Pack used paper out with garbage.
Remove all food particles from dishes before washing. Do not dump food scraps in water; pack out with trash. Use bio-degradable soap.
You must stay at the site listed on the permit unless safety factors require you to stay elsewhere.
Pets are not permitted in Everglades National Park.
Use or possession of either is prohibited.
Be considerate of other visitors. Quiet hours are 10pm to 6am. Loud machinery such as generators, chainsaws and bug sprayers is prohibited.
State fishing license and regulations apply. You are responsible for following the size and daily bag limits for Everglades National Park.
DO NOT feed or harass alligators or other wildlife. Animals that are habituated to human food can be dangerous.
The use of personal watercraft and water skiing are prohibited. You are responsible for following the parks boating regulations.
While not regulations, these principles will help preserve the park’s wilderness values: 1.) Plan ahead and prepare 2.) Camp in designated sites only 3.) Dispose of waste properly 4.) Leave what you find 5.) Minimize Campfire impacts 6.) Respect wildlife 7.) Be considerate of other visitors
Are strongly recommended for all routes. Do not rely entirely on GPS units.
Weather conditions change rapidly in the summer. Be prepared for intense sun, rain, and strong winds. Be prepared for lightning; do not stay in open water during storms, move near land staying low in your boat.
Take a tide chart and check conditions before you depart. Carry a weather radio if possible.
Mosquitoes and no-see-ums can be numerous and aggressive. Insect repellent, bug jackets, or long pants and long sleeved shirts are recommended.
Raccoons will do nearly anything to get food and water. Store both in hard sided containers or aboard a boat.
One gallon per person per day is the minimum recommendation. No fresh water is available.
Plants, animals and artifacts are protected in the national park. Collecting is prohibited.
Tides and winds can make paddling difficult. Most experienced paddlers plan to travel between 8-12 miles per day. If this is your first trip, choose a short trip and travel well marked routes.
Boating in Everglades National Park is challenging. Safely exploring this area requires the ability to “read the water”, as the shallow areas are not usually marked. Knowing the draft (depth) and limits of your boat is critical, as is the ability to read and utilize nautical charts.
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File a trip plan with a friend or relative before leaving. If you do not return home on time, that person should contact Everglades National Park 24hr dispatch at (305)242-7740. In the park, dial #NPS from your cell phone.
These items are for your safety and we strongly encourage their use.