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.