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Wear Clothes you donít mind getting a little wet. Wear board shorts or swimsuit. Wear layers, cover ups, or in cold weather, jackets. The experts say wear Nylon or synthetics they will repel water and can be lighter. Cotton is usually not recommended but on a hot day it can soak up some water and sometimes be a little cooler. Drawback is you stay wet which can get uncomfortable after a lot of paddling.
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Wear water shoes or sneakers you don't mind getting wet. You wonít need them once on the Kayak but you will need them getting in and out and exploring the Islands and they will get wet. Bring a change of clothes. We have a pop up changing (4 x 4) tall tent we will set up when we get back in or on the Islands.
Bring a camera and keep it in a dry bag or something you trust not to let it get wet if it gets dropped or splashed. Bring Hats and sunglasses!! Water, Sodas, and snacks are provided. We have children who love peanut butter and we shop at Publix so if you are allergic to peanuts or anything let us know ahead of time.
Bring a towel. We have dry bags so you can stow some gear in your guides Kayak or leave it in your car. If you have a favorite paddle or gear feel free to bring it. This is Florida and Mosquitoes and no-seeums are almost always around so bring your favorite repellent. Lock valuables out of sight, in the trunk, or leave them at home or at the Hotel. You never know and it is better to be safe.
A Word About Wildlife!
Animals like Raccoons may be cute and furry but they are also wild and can be viscous! Stay Away from them! Do not approach any wild animal even if it "seems friendly". People routinely feed the animals in many of the areas we will venture to. They can and will approach if they smell food.
Alligators that live in saltwater can grow much larger than their freshwater counterparts. They have a greater abundance of larger food sources. If you see an alligator swimming or just basking on shore...STAY AWAY...Do Not approach it for any reason. Go the other way if it approaches you. Your guide will tell you what to do in most circumstances of approaching wildlife. Listen to him/her at all times.
Use common sense if you have it. If not, Ask the Guide when in doubt.
We also watch out for snakes, stingrays and jellyfish when wading. This is why we call our tours, Adventures. Anyone can take you out to paddle around, we take you out to nature. You can paddle or wade or snorkel or whatever. We have many shores and seashells! Once again Use Common Sense (you know the option), bring your camera and a water-tight container for it and enjoy Florida safely.
Manatees are curious by nature. People also feed them(in violation of federal laws FYI). If a manatee approaches your kayak, do 2 things. 1st, Do Not Feed it! 2nd, Do Not Touch it! Not only will you go to jail, you may spook it when attempting to pet the cute little 1200+ pound animal and you may end up going for a swim. Don't forget the water-tight container for your camera.
Manatees (Sea Cows) are protected by federal laws with prison time and fines. 1 more time...Use Common Sense.
Your guides have a lot of extra items sometimes even dry socks so if you need anything ask and if we have it we will be happy to share. The drive to the refuge launch site, once you reach Titusville, is about twenty minutes. If you come in and want a side trip enjoy Black Point Wildlife Drive. There are lots of Birds and depending on the time of Day you can see a variety of Wildlife from Deer, Hogs, Gators, to birds. Did I mention Lots of Birds?
The last restrooms are in Titusville or at the Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. We will have one of those old fashion small porta-potties in the Truck just in case of emergency. You will see and learn about the wildlife. You will be able to get some exercise in the fresh air. We do ask that you wear the life jacket and whistle. This is something that FWC, our Insurance Company, and owners, all like.
Our guides are top notch and love being on the water and helping you make the most of your adventure. So feel free to ask questions before, during and after. If we donít know the answer, we will find out. We will do our very best to make sure you have lots of fun and try to keep you safe.