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Bioluminescent Paddle


Bioluminescence is a form of luminescence, or "cold light" emission by living organisms. Bioluminescence is a form of chemiluminescence where light energy is released by a chemical reaction. Fireflies, anglerfish, and other creatures produce the chemicals luciferin (a pigment) and luciferase (an enzyme). The luciferin reacts with oxygen to create light. The luciferase acts as a catalyst to speed up the reaction, which is sometimes mediated by cofactors such as calcium ions or ATP.

In the warm summer months parts of Florida's intercostal waterways, including the Indian River Lagoon begin to experience this Bioluminescence wonder. Any movement in the water produces light! A swirl of your paddle or a school of bait fish darting past often put on an amazing underwater light show.

We will meet at 7:30 and be on the water by 8:00 pm.  The event typically lasts around 2 -3 hrs.

A whistle, PFD (Personal Flotation Device), and glow sticks (one on front and one on back of your kayak) are required. Headlamps and mosquito spray are suggested. You may also want to bring water or another favorite beverage.  :-)

                                                  - NOTE -

                                     Please be on time and 

            DO NOT LAUNCH UNTIL WE HAVE A SAFETY BRIEFING.

As with all outdoor activities there are some risks and dangers involved. We will hold a short safety briefing concerning this area and how to stay safe as a group. 

*We will always stay together as a group when paddling. 

*Wear your PFD (personal flotation device) with accessible whistle at all times. USE your whistle if capsized or having trouble. This will alert the rest of the group to stop and help. 

*Stay out of the channel as much as possible. Motorized vessels have a hard time seeing small yaks at night, and they have the right of way. Plus the fish activity is greater along the shallow edges.  

* This is open water in some areas. The seas can get rough at times, so we ask that no yaks under 10' be used.

*  Please do not enter the water or leave the premises without notification to the event organizer.  There will be a head count before and after the event.   

*Everyone's cooperation and participation is required to have a safe and enjoyable experience. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed the paddle, nice group.

    September 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It couldn't have been a more beautiful night with a better group of people. It was a spectacular amazing experience and can't wait to do it again. Dan is a great host.

    1 · September 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oops I know I typed Danno not Dan but must have backed up to far editing. Still can't get over how awesome this was and can't wait to do it again

      September 29, 2014

  • Dee

    Thank you for a wonderful trip Danno! Its was my son's first bioluminescence experience and he really enjoyed it! Great paddle, great company!

    1 · September 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful paddle. Thanks Danno for leading the way.

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • Matt C.

    Thanks guys and Gals for a great first trip. I had fun- looking forward to my next one. Kept ending up in the back of the pile as an honorary "sweeper"......

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • Danno

    and....Julie N. gets the Biggest Fish in The Boat award. :-)

    September 28, 2014

  • amy

    What a beautiful paddle and the weather was perfect. Strong bio, just awesome.

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • Danno

    Thanks to all who came out last night. The weather couldn't have been any better, not a drop of rain. The bio was strong, and the fish activity was plentiful. I;m going back out tonight for a re-run. :-)

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The fish put on a spectacular show last night!!! The paddle was so peaceful, the landscape at night was alluring, and the company was awesome!! Thanks Danno for planning this adventure for all of us.

    3 · September 28, 2014

  • Julie N

    Thanks for letting me crash your paddle. Really awesome last night. My guests were amazed.

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • Rachael D.

    On my way

    September 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm backing out.

      September 27, 2014

  • Susan R

    Hi Danno,
    I just now realized I never asked about a rental kayak for my guest. She doesn't have a boat. Is there a rental available? Or does anyone have a boat my friend could borrow? Thanks, Susan

    September 27, 2014

    • Susan R

      Never mind. Turns out we have to cancel anyway.

      September 27, 2014

    • Danno

      OK, Thanks for letting us know Susan.

      September 27, 2014

  • Cathy

    Danno,
    I am bailing out. It's a 3 hour drive from my house and I will be driving through some signigficant storms to get there. I feel really bad because I thoroughly enjoyed the last Bio I went to and was looking forward to a different drop in site. Next time

    September 27, 2014

    • Danno

      We've had good weather over here today. I understand not wanting to drive in the rain though. See you next time Cathy.

      September 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm driving over from Tampa and back. If someone else signs up late or has plans change and wants to car pool, I can put 2 yaks on my roof. Just post here by 4:00 p.m.

    September 27, 2014

  • Danno

    Looking good for tonight. Down to 20 percent chance of rain at 9:00 PM. :-)

    September 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I bring my sup board and go with you all?

    September 26, 2014

    • Danno

      yes Jeff.

      1 · September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i really wanted to do this but i have to cancel - i have to work till 7 tomorrow

    September 26, 2014

  • Kristina

    Danno - looks like I am not going to get my bio fix this year. Hope you guys have a spectacular time and the bio lights up for you :) Kristina

    September 26, 2014

    • amy

      :-(

      September 26, 2014

  • Dee

    Danno, Can you tell if the rain and slightly cooler temps have reduced the light show?

    September 26, 2014

    • Danno

      Not at all Dee... The bio is going strong.

      September 26, 2014

    • Dee

      Woo hoo!

      September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Disregard please the request please to share a camp site. I see the launch site is near where I live

    September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have a spot to share that I can split the cost? Really strapped for cash end of month and would rather not have to drive home after

    September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am doing the paddle in Sept, here is the update link and phone number. I made reservation tent camping , one night total $27.75. You can have 2 tents per site. http://www.brevardcounty.us/ParksRecreation/Campgrounds/ManateeHammock

    Phone:[masked]

    1 · April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kerr, Looks like Karen is going to share the site with us. I have my sister in law with me and we will share a tent. If you and Karen want to share a tent together then I fine with that. Get with Karen and see it that is something that will work for both of you. Let me know and I will have both your names on the site.

      September 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kerr, Karen called and they said they had plenty of available sites. So come on, sure the be a spot for ya. I will be a site 162 if anyone needs a spot.

      September 25, 2014

  • Alex P.

    Sorry, Danno. My friend and I have a conflict for Saturday, so we won't be able to make it. I should have taken my name off the wait list before it opened up. I did enjoy your last bioluminescence kayaking on the Indian River a lot, and hope to make another one with you...

    September 22, 2014

    • Danno

      Thanks for letting us know Alex. See you on another.

      September 24, 2014

  • Ronda G

    Going to have to catch this next time! No one to watch the animals. :(

    September 24, 2014

    • Danno

      :-(

      1 · September 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see we were taken off the waitlist but we made other plans and cannot attend Saturday night unfortunately.

    September 22, 2014

    • Danno

      No problem Rowann.. Thanks for letting us know.

      September 22, 2014

  • Kathryn

    Hi Danno, so disappointed that I (and my plus 1) will not be able to attend. Happy news for someone on the wait list. Enjoy and I look forward to reading the comments on this amazing event.

    September 21, 2014

    • Danno

      Thanks for letting us know. We will see you on another event.

      September 21, 2014

  • Danno

    For those looking to camp or rent a hotel room, please see some options in the comments below. Also Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral is close to this launch site. Here is the link. http://www.jettyparkbeachandcampground.com/camp_index

    September 21, 2014

  • Danno

    Those who have not paid their SLACKER DUES are required to do so in order to attend our events. If you do not see a (SLACKER 14) under your name, please pay on the left side column of our home page where it says Member Dues. Thanks

    September 21, 2014

  • Ronda G

    What are the chances of getting off the wait list for this event? If I get to go, I was going to book a hotel room. :)

    1 · September 21, 2014

    • Danno

      Ronda.. We typically have cancellations right up until the event. Just keep an eye on the site.

      1 · September 21, 2014

  • Ron B

    I will be in MT visiting my son. Can't make this.

    September 21, 2014

  • Kim M.

    Gotta bail on this. That damn thing called work got in the way again!

    September 10, 2014

    • Julie N

      Damit all!

      September 19, 2014

    • Donald

      You know if I had a nickle for every time I heard this I probably wouldn't be saying "Gotta bail on this. That damn thing called work got in the way again!"

      September 19, 2014

  • Kim

    Darn! I was looking forward to attending this :( BUT I have to cancel because Mom is having surgery so I have to go up north :(( Hate to miss this!

    September 16, 2014

    • Dianne G.

      I was so looking forward to see you this weekend!!!!! Your Mom will be in my prayers!

      1 · September 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeaaaaa, pray I make this one. Thanks so much. Prayed there would be an openinh

    September 18, 2014

  • Paula M.

    I have to go out of town now and I was so looking forward to this trip!

    September 18, 2014

  • Pat C.

    Luckily I got to go in August on this fun paddle, but still sorry I can't make this one too. Enjoy!

    August 31, 2014

  • Danno

    If you are coming from out of town and looking for local accomodations here are a few suggestions.

    A link for Manatee Hammock Campgrounds. US-1 Titusville.
    A clean little campground located central to many area points of interest. http://www.brevardcounty.us/Par­...­

    • A link for some area Hotels in Titusville. https://maps.google.com/maps?ie­=...­

    I've heard good reviews from others who stayed at the Days Inn, and the Quality inn on the corner of I-95 and SR 50

    April 29, 2014

  • Ann F.

    Oh man, I almost missed getting in on this one, an annual favorite!! The year is going FAST!!! Thanks for getting it started Danno!

    April 29, 2014

    • Danno

      They do fill up fast Ann. Glad you made it. :-)

      April 29, 2014

  • Danno

    NOTICE - If you have Not paid your annual membership dues, please do so now or you will be moved to the waitlist to make room for paid members to attend. If you have paid and do not see a "SLACKER 14" under your name please contact Sam. Otherwise you will need to pay to attend our events. Thank You and we look forward to seeing everyone on the water. :-)

    April 29, 2014

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