What we're about

Kayak Explorers is paddling group on the west coast of Florida. We also often have biking, hiking, saiiling and other activities for our members.Our members are mainly residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, but everyone is welcome to join.

Welcome to Kayak Explorers!

Members have a 30 DAY FREE TRIAL period to "get to know our group". Prior to the end of the 30 day trial period, annual dues of $15 must be paid or you will be dropped from our group. Dues can be paid on our MeetUp page. YOU MUST SUPPLY A HEAD SHOT PHOTO FOR ACCEPTANCE IN THE GROUP

Our group is suitable for all levels of paddlers. On some paddles we have a faster group and a more moderate speed group. We will list the appropriate skill level on event descriptions. If you are unsure about your skill level contact the event host. Members must each have their own membership-no couples/families together.

Each participant on a Kayak Explorers paddle must have a seaworthy boat, a Coast Guard approved PFD, a whistle, and a white light for night paddles.

No-show Policy

We realize that last minute issues come up that can prevent someone from attending a paddle once they RSVP. Based on the number of people who RSVP for a paddle, we reserve space. Many of our paddles have a waiting list. To accommodate those on the waiting list, anyone who RSVPs and fails to show up without changing their status two times will be removed from the group.

Please note that those that set up trips for the Kayak Explores are TRIP ORGANIZERS, not LEADERS. They are not responsible for you! We are all responsible for our own decisions, equipment choices, and personal skill evaluation.

We are not a SOCIAL group (dating), PLEASE DO NOT DISCUSS POLITICS as we have members with all kinds of strong opinions - this is not the place for that- BE ON TIME - Be courteous to everyone especially Organizers who take the effort to list events.

We hope to see you at our next paddle.

ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

Participation in any Kayak Explorers event implies that you have read, understand, and agree with our ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY. Per the Electronic Records and Signatures in Commerce Act, Public Law 106-229 by joining this group, you agree to all the terms listed.

Each participant on a Kayak Explorers paddle must have a seaworthy boat, a whistle, a white light (for night paddles), all other equipment required by law and a Coast Guard approved PFD.

I certify that I am physically fit and prepared for participation in an event and have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical professional.

Kayaking can be physically and mentally demanding. Kayaking can involve significant risks and hazards, such as collision with power boats, hypothermia, joint or trauma injuries and even drowning.

I acknowledge awareness of the risks, foreseen and unforeseen, which are inherent in each event/activity. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, serious personal injury, property damage, and death from participation in or travel to and from the event. I acknowledge and accept responsibility for insuring that any guests that I bring to a Kayak Explorers event/activity have read and understand our ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.

Kayak Explorers and its organizers do not, in any way, claim to be professionals or otherwise licensed, certified, trained, etc. to provide any service including emergency medical procedures. Since most Kayak Explorers activities occur on the water, by participating in a Kayak Explorers event/activity you are acknowledging that you are aware and understand that in the event of a serious medical emergency, treatment may be multiple hours away. I consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and /or illness during events.

I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the rules of the event/activity as published on the Kayak Explorers website. I also understand that at an event/activity I may be photographed. I agree to allow my name and/or likeness to be used for any legitimate purpose as determined by Kayak Explorers.

By participating in a Kayak Explorers event/activity, I Agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY (Meet up.com, the Kayak Explorers Meet-up Group, its organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, trip leaders and event planners, as well as their families from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from injuries, personal or property, losses, costs, damages, disability or death resulting from participating in or travelling to or from the activity. It is further understood and agreed that this ACCIDENT WAIVER and RELEASE OF LIABILITY is to be binding on my heirs and assigns. This ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY shall be construed broadly and applied to the maximum extent permissible by law.

Upcoming events (5+)

Robinson's Preserve - Perico Bayou - Palma Sola Bay

Robinson's Preserve - Main Entrance

One of the most scenic and paddle friendly venues in the Sarasota area. A few mangrove tunnels and magnificent scenery including views of Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, the Skyway Bridge, Palma Sola Bay and Perico Bayou. We will leave at 10:00 am SHARP so arrive by 9:30 am ! There is plenty of free parking at this location. We will have one 15 minute break at Gilligan's Island. Total paddle distance is 8 miles. Allow approximately 3 hours. The actual course/direction of the trip will depend on prevailing currents, tides, wind speed and direction. No guests or +1's allowed on this paddle. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, water shoes, snacks, warm clothes (optional). Kayak rental available from: Kayak Jack[masked]

Bike the Venetian Water Way Trail

Legacy Park

Let's meet in the parking lot and be on the Trail at 3:10. This is a 15 mile ride that takes less than 2 hours. We ride at a moderate pace and make pit stops along the way for water breaks. Ride at your own pace if you know the route. Bring water and a light snack if you wish and make sure your bikes are in good condition and the tires hold air. Looking forward to a great ride.

Paddle up Shell Creek

Hathaway Park

Shell Creek is a very scenic river. We will launch from Hathaway Park, which has a porta potty, lots of parking on grass and an easy launch. Turn into the FIRST entrance for Hathaway Park. There is still Irma storm damage at the second entrance. We will paddle up stream about 4 miles and paddle back. Most of this creek is in the shade. Be on the lookout about 3/4's of the way up the creek for group of rocks under the water. There are some trees in the water there. Go right of the trees when paddling upstream. Bring the usual bug spray, sun screen, PFD's, whistle and plenty of water. Please no guests or plus 1's on paddles. This paddle is for intermediate and above.

Bike the Venetian Water Way Trail

Legacy Park

Let's meet in the parking lot and be on the Trail at 3:10. This is a 15 mile ride that takes less than 2 hours. We ride at a moderate pace and make pit stops along the way for water breaks. Ride at your own pace if you know the route. Bring water and a light snack if you wish and make sure your bikes are in good condition and the tires hold air. Looking forward to a great ride.

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