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Southwest Florida Kayakers (SFK) Meetup Group

SFK’s meetup is a forum for kayaking in beautiful Southwest Florida. Kayak trips will be posted by volunteer hosts and are open to all experieced kayakers. Any criteria for participation, such as skill level or boat type, will be determined by trip host(s) and will be described in the trip posting. Those with sea kayaks/sit-in kayaks, surf skis, and sit-on kayaks are welcome to participate (sorry, no SUPs or canoes).

In addition to trips, there will be occasional workshops to learn or refine one’s rescue skills, paddling techniques or rough water abilities. These might be free or a fee charged depending upon who is providing the training.

The posted trips will fall into one of the following five categories: However, conditions can change and therefore trips can end up longer than posted and seas can be rougher than anticipated. Therefore, everyone must gauge whether the trip and conditions are appropriate for his/her skill and fitness level.

LEVEL ONE: Trip Length of 4 to 6 miles

Speed: Two to Three MPH

Protected Paddling

All Kayaks Welcome

LEVEL TWO: Trip Length of 6 to 8 miles

Speed: Three MPH

Some Open Water Paddling

Skirts Recommended or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 13 feet

LEVEL THREE: Trip Length of 8 to 10 miles

A Mix of Open Water Paddling

Speed: Three to Three and Half MPH

Skirts Required or Sit on Top Kayak

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 15 feet

LEVEL FOUR: Trip Length of 10 to 15 miles

A Large Amount of Open Water Paddling

Speed: Three to Four MPH

Seas: One to Two Feet

Skirts Required or Sit on Top Kayak

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 16 feet

LEVEL FIVE: Trip Length of 15 miles or more

Speed: Four+ MPH

A Large Amount of Open Water Paddling

Seas: Two to Four Foot

Skirts Required or Sit on Top Kayak

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 16 feet

The SFK group is not affiliated with any commercial vendors and thus cannot provide equipment. Some of the trips may launch at locations where rental kayaks are available, but otherwise participants must have their own equipment.

All participants will be required to wear PFDs at all times on the water. All participants in SFK group activities will be required to sign a waiver / release document. The waiver will acknowledge that participants assume full responsibility for their own health and safety. Trip hosts are not professional instructors and like all participants are solely responsible for their own safety.

We welcome you to join Southwest Florida Kayakers and invite experienced kayakers to host paddles and share their knowledge.

Upcoming events (5)

First Sunday Paddle

Capri Fish House

9:30 am--- Capri Fish House Launch This is a great paddle for everyone, first-timers to expert! Come one, come all This is a FUN DAY. Rentals available on site. Bring water & sunscreen; wear a hat & water-type clothing and shoes. Paddling begins at 9:30, so come early enough to unload or acquire your rental. Hope to see you there. Paddle as much or little as you wish. The route we usually paddle is approx. 5 miles, but some paddlers may choose to leave early or a longer return route. A cancellation can occur if I have to work-- If inclement weather use your own common sense. THIS POSTING IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THIS MEETUP ON THE PCPC MEETUP SITE. THE LINK IS BELOW - https://www.meetup.com/Naples-Marco-Island-Paradise-Coast-Paddlers-Club/ You can unload your kayaks in the Capri Fish House Parking lot then PLEASE Park your vehicle across the street and not on the Fish House lot. THEN WE EAT ! Michael D. Devlin (Mike) Kayak Tours with Mike Devlin - Owner Diana Nyad Xtreme Dream Team - Kayaker Paradise Coast Paddlers Club - President/Co-Founder http://www.meetup.com/Naples-Marco-Island-Paradise-Coast-Paddlers-Club/ Friends of the Paradise Coast Blueway - President/Co-Founder WeAr yOuR dAmNeD P.F.D.!! REMEMBER: RESPECT THE WATER - KNOW YOUR ABILITIES PADDLE @ YOUR OWN RISK BE SAFE HAVE FUN !

First Sunday Paddle

Capri Fish House

9:30 am--- Capri Fish House Launch This is a great paddle for everyone, first-timers to expert! Come one, come all This is a FUN DAY. Rentals available on site. Bring water & sunscreen; wear a hat & water-type clothing and shoes. Paddling begins at 9:30, so come early enough to unload or acquire your rental. Hope to see you there. Paddle as much or little as you wish. The route we usually paddle is approx. 5 miles, but some paddlers may choose to leave early or a longer return route. A cancellation can occur if I have to work-- If inclement weather use your own common sense. You can unload your kayaks in the Capri Fish House Parking lot then PLEASE Park your vehicle across the street and not on the Fish House lot. THEN WE EAT ! Michael D. Devlin (Mike) Kayak Tours with Mike Devlin - Owner Diana Nyad Xtreme Dream Team - Kayaker Paradise Coast Paddlers Club - President/Co-Founder http://www.meetup.com/Naples-Marco-Island-Paradise-Coast-Paddlers-Club/ Friends of the Paradise Coast Blueway - President/Co-Founder WeAr yOuR dAmNeD P.F.D.!! REMEMBER: RESPECT THE WATER - KNOW YOUR ABILITIES PADDLE @ YOUR OWN RISK BE SAFE HAVE FUN !

First Sunday Paddle

Capri Fish House

9:30 am--- Capri Fish House Launch This is a great paddle for everyone, first-timers to expert! Come one, come all This is a FUN DAY. Rentals available on site. Bring water & sunscreen; wear a hat & water-type clothing and shoes. Paddling begins at 9:30, so come early enough to unload or acquire your rental. Hope to see you there. Paddle as much or little as you wish. The route we usually paddle is approx. 5 miles, but some paddlers may choose to leave early or a longer return route. A cancellation can occur if I have to work-- If inclement weather use your own common sense. THIS POSTING IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THIS MEETUP ON THE PCPC MEETUP SITE. THE LINK IS BELOW - https://www.meetup.com/Naples-Marco-Island-Paradise-Coast-Paddlers-Club/ You can unload your kayaks in the Capri Fish House Parking lot then PLEASE Park your vehicle across the street and not on the Fish House lot. THEN WE EAT ! Michael D. Devlin (Mike) Kayak Tours with Mike Devlin - Owner Diana Nyad Xtreme Dream Team - Kayaker Paradise Coast Paddlers Club - President/Co-Founder http://www.meetup.com/Naples-Marco-Island-Paradise-Coast-Paddlers-Club/ Friends of the Paradise Coast Blueway - President/Co-Founder WeAr yOuR dAmNeD P.F.D.!! REMEMBER: RESPECT THE WATER - KNOW YOUR ABILITIES PADDLE @ YOUR OWN RISK BE SAFE HAVE FUN !

First Sunday Paddle

Capri Fish House

9:30 am--- Capri Fish House Launch This is a great paddle for everyone, first-timers to expert! Come one, come all This is a FUN DAY. Rentals available on site. Bring water & sunscreen; wear a hat & water-type clothing and shoes. Paddling begins at 9:30, so come early enough to unload or acquire your rental. Hope to see you there. Paddle as much or little as you wish. The route we usually paddle is approx. 5 miles, but some paddlers may choose to leave early or a longer return route. A cancellation can occur if I have to work-- If inclement weather use your own common sense. You can unload your kayaks in the Capri Fish House Parking lot then PLEASE Park your vehicle across the street and not on the Fish House lot. THEN WE EAT ! Michael D. Devlin (Mike) Kayak Tours with Mike Devlin - Owner Diana Nyad Xtreme Dream Team - Kayaker Paradise Coast Paddlers Club - President/Co-Founder http://www.meetup.com/Naples-Marco-Island-Paradise-Coast-Paddlers-Club/ Friends of the Paradise Coast Blueway - President/Co-Founder WeAr yOuR dAmNeD P.F.D.!! REMEMBER: RESPECT THE WATER - KNOW YOUR ABILITIES PADDLE @ YOUR OWN RISK BE SAFE HAVE FUN !

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First Sunday Paddle. CANCELED

Capri Fish House

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