Kayak Clinic and Dive to Barracuda Reef

    Back by popular demand, our Ultimate Kayak Clinic returns with more features than ever before.  In the past, we just had lecture with some hands on.  Now, we have more of a class, with a special opportunity for you to strap your gear in and try the scuba kayak in the safety of Whiskey Creek.

     We have to charge a small fee due to the advanced nature of this training, but here is what each participant will receive: an introduction to kayak scuba diving from one of the pioneers of the sport here in Florida, a copy of kayak scuba notes (actually an outline of the book in production), and personal assistance in rigging, managing, debarking, and reboarding the scuba kayak.  The $25 fee also applies as a credit to PADI specialty certification as a Kayak Scuba diver.

     We'll meet at 9am, which happens to be just past peak high tide in Whiskey Creek.  The staging point is the beach near the old Loggerhead Grill inside John U. Lloyd State Park.  Tom will have three kayaks for use in the clinic.  If you have your own kayak, please bring it and he will guide you proper rigging.  Following some lecture and demonstration, you will have the chance to perfect your techniques in the still waters of the creek.  This is one sport where practice definitely pays dividends.

     Following the clinic, if conditions permit, participants can carry their kayaks over the short spit of sand into the ocean.  From that point, it is a short paddle to beautiful Barracuda Reef.  This reef is famous for its articulated structure, its wealth of marine life, and its potential for gamefish (snapper, hogfish, amberjack, and more).

     Entry to the park is very affordable with $4 per car with one person or $6 per car for two or more for all day.  Clean restrooms, showers, and picnic facilities abound.

     Two kayaks are available for rent for the Barracuda Reef dive after the clinic but they are first come, first served.  You must reserve them ahead of time.  Paddles and lines are included.


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  • Capt. Bob P.

    As usual, a fantastic clinic. The sea was just rough enough to make it interesting. I've posted 2 photos. I've also posted 2 short videos in the files section.

    April 27, 2014

  • Edgar H.

    Excellent.....Good workout.....Lol. Tom Carpenter and Capt. Bob where Kool.....

    April 26, 2014

  • Capt. Bob P.

    The venue is a long way from the parking lot. Can we pull in to unload, then go park?

    April 26, 2014

  • Mike W.

    Tom I would be interested in renting the kayak that Bob was going to rent if it is available. Can you let me know. Thanks

    April 25, 2014

    • Tom C.

      Done. Okay.

      April 26, 2014

  • Bob J.

    Feeling very ill. Will have to make the next one.

    April 25, 2014

  • Andres T.

    Tom will we be drifting on this dive or will i need a anchor?

    April 24, 2014

    • Tom C.

      You can tie off to a mooring buoy while you gear up and tow the kayak as you drift.

      April 24, 2014

    • Andres T.

      Ok great i am going to be using a brownie kit i will need a tank rental from you

      April 24, 2014

  • Tiffany V.

    Yes please offer class again soon! I really wanted to go and now can't make it.

    April 23, 2014

  • Carlos

    Anyone knows where I can rent a kayak to participate in this dive? If I can get a Kayak I will go...

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Capt. Bob P.

      Call Pavan at Dixie Divers. He has 4 rentals available. [masked]

      April 23, 2014

    • Carlos

      Thank you for the information :-)

      April 23, 2014

  • Jon

    I'd like to reserve a kayak please!

    April 14, 2014

  • Bob J.

    Ill reserve the songle

    April 15, 2014

  • jim

    Is this a snorkel or dive trip?

    April 15, 2014

  • Bob J.

    Tom,

    Can I rent a kayak from you? Or do you know where I can rent or buy one for a reasonable price?

    April 15, 2014

    • Tom C.

      I can reserve one of mine for you. I have a single for $25 or a tandem (double) for $35.

      April 15, 2014

  • Tiffany V.

    Will there be tanks available for rent? Anything else we should bring besides kayak and scuba gear? And is fee for the class cash only? Thanks!

    April 15, 2014

    • Tom C.

      I can accept cash or credit and I will have some tanks onhand.

      April 15, 2014

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