What we're about

If you are an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys recreational sports and meeting like minded people then this is the group for you! Release under read more...

The activities we will be doing include road biking, trail biking, kayaking, camping, hiking, kayak camping, some outdoor festivals and breaking bread at local eating and drinking establishments normally after the above activities.

All skill levels are welcome, just pay close attention to the skill level needed for the individual posted activity you are interested in. Contact information will always given at least 24 hrs. prior to any activity so you can be assured of finding your Meetup Group. We are looking for organizers so anyone responsible and interested in leading group activities is also welcome. There is a nominal $10 annual membership fee which will be used to directly support group management and activities. Membership does not guarantee openings for limited event space which is first come first serve.

Some Meetup activities will require each individual to sign up with no plus ones.  This is to ensure all participants have read the event details and is aware of their responsibilities and capabilities.

Thanks for your interest in the group, 
Marie

Note:  No show RSVP's will be tracked for removal from the group.  Limited to 3, Strictly enforced!

Effective 12/07/21 we no longer allow more than 3 cancellations in a row or 3 in a month. This infraction is subject to expulsion from the group.

By joining the group and saying YES to any RSVP you and your guest agree to the following:

WAIVER, RELEASE & INDEMNIFICATION - SUNCOAST PEDAL & PADDLE

Read Carefully Before Joining
In CONSIDERATION of being permitted to participate in any kayak/SUP, camping, or cycling trip organized and/or hosted by or on behalf of Suncoast Pedal & Paddle, (“the event”),
1.  For myself , my executors, heirs, next of kin, and assigns, I hereby 
(a)  Waive and release any and all claims that I may have against the event, Organizer/ Host for Suncoast Pedal & Paddle (a meetup group), their volunteers, assistants and any support personnel (th “releases”) including any and all claims for damage caused by the negligence of any of them arising out of my participation in the Event and its related activities, together with any cost including professional and attorney’s fees as a result of any such claim whether valid or not.
(b)  Indemnify and hold harmless the releases and each of them against any such claim that I or any one or more of my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors or assigns may have or assert or against any costs including professional and attorney’s fee, with respect thereto.
(c)  Acknowledge, agree and represent that I understand the nature of paddlesports, camping or cycling and its related activities and that I am sufficiently trained for the event, in good health and in proper physical condition to participate in such activity and willingly agree to comply with the stated customary rules and regulations of the event.  I further agree and warrant that if at any time I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the event.  If I decide to leave before the trip is officially terminated as planned, I assume all risks inherent in my decision to leave.
2.  I hereby acknowledge the all paddling, pedaling, and camping events are extremely strenuous, difficult and hazardous, even under the most favorable conditions and that such activities involve risks and danger to personal property and serious bodily injury, incurring permanent disability, paralysis, and death (“risks”).  I understand that my participation in this even curries risk of personal injury, sickness and/or death including b not limited to those caused by terrain, my physical condition, marine obstructions, vessel traffic, collision with other watercraft, vehicles, alligators, otters, snakes and conditions known commonly as “red tide”, I understand and hereby accept these and all other risks and hazards inherent in this event and its related activities.
3.  I hereby acknowledge that the possibility exists that I may be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus or “flesh-eating bacteria”.  I am aware that I should NOT participate if I have breaks in my skin, a weakened immune system, or if I am concerned that I may accidentally injure my skin during boarding, disembarking, or paddling my kayak or paddle board.
4.  I am fully aware of the health risks associated with the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic and will not hold anyone from SP&P responsible if I become sick and/or die as a result of my participation in the event for m COVID-19 including death.

5.  I have read this agreement, fully understand its terms, understand that I have give up substantial rights by joining Suncoast Pedal and Paddle freely and without any inducement or assurance of any nature and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be inalid, the balance notwithstanding, shall continue in full force and effect.

Upcoming events (4+)

KAYAK: Bayfront Park - Longboat Key - Cranes Bayou - Buttonwood Harbor

NOTE NEW TIME so as to beat the summer heat!

Join us for a scenic paddle along the intracoastal side of Longboat Key from Bayfront Park. We will visit Cranes Bayou, Buttonwood Harbor and Whale Key (on the ICW side of Longboat Key).

This newly renovated BAYFRONT PARK is an undiscovered jewel on Longboat Key and has ample parking, an easy kayak launch and facilities to rinse off your kayak/SUP after the paddle.

We will paddle north and around White Key. We then head south, towards Whale Key, Buttonwood Harbor, Cranes Bayou and Buttonwood Cove.

Please arrive by 8:00 am, unload kayaks in the unloading area and then park your vehicles in the adjacent parking lot.
We leave at 8:30 am SHARP!

The total trip is 6 miles. Due to possible adverse wind and tides this paddle is suited for intermediate/experienced paddlers who can maintain a moderate pace for the entire distance.

There are clean restrooms at this location.

This trip is for Suncoast Pedal & Paddle members exclusively.
No guests, pets, +1's or spouses allowed on this trip.

Upon Arrival: Please sign in on the "Participant Liability Waiver" BEFORE you get in to the water.

Don't forget to bring: PFD and whistle (both required by law), and (optional) water, bug spray, itch relief, sunscreen, water shoes, snacks, paddle float, bilge pump, spray skirt, paddle leash, etc.

BE CONSIDERATE: Since the demand to attend our paddling events is exceptionally high, we request that if you plan on NOT attending the paddle that you remove your name from the "attendee list" or the "waitlist" as soon as possible! Please be considerate of other members.

KAYAK: Deep Water Self Rescue Skills w/Paddle

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Would you know what to do if you were to fall out of your kayak in deep water and you were ALL ALONE? Accidents do happen and you should be prepared with a well rehearsed and executed self rescue.

This self rescue skills set is designed for you to SELF RESCUE on the kayak that you commonly paddle, whether it is a sit-on-top, a sea kayak, a recreational kayak, an open cockpit, or a surf-ski.

This session is for all paddlers who are not familiar with self rescue in their OWN kayak. It is meant to get you acquainted with the technique(s) that you will need to execute a self rescue in deep water. It will be SPECIFIC to the kayak that you bring to the session.

We will be practicing the "cowboy scramble" which is the most common and one of the easiest techniques of SELF RESCUE to execute.

This self rescue session is limited to 10 paddlers. Due to the limited number of spaces, please sign up ONLY if you are sure that you will be attending.

After approximately 1.5 hours of self rescue instruction we will paddle across the intracoastal to the fishing village of Cortez. The distance of the paddle is approximately 3 miles.

The 3 mile paddle is EXCLUSIVELY for those attending the self rescue clinic.

Make sure you go to recently renovated NORTH Coquina Boat Ramp at 1465 Gulf Dr. S. (NOT the SOUTH Coquina Boat Ramp near the Longboat Key Bridge).

NEW CANCELLATION POLICY: Since the demand to attend our paddling events is unusually high, we request that if your plans change and you won't be attending, that you remove your name from the "attendee list" as soon as possible! If you do not remove yourself from the list of attendees WITHIN 24 HOURS of the event, you will be marked as a "NO SHOW". If you have THREE CONSECUTIVE "NO SHOW"s you will be dropped from the group.

This session is for Suncoast Pedal & Paddle members exclusively.
No guests, pets, +1's or spouses allowed on this trip.

Upon Arrival: Please sign in on the "Participant Liability Waiver" (unless you have previously signed an annual waiver).

Don't forget to bring: PFD and whistle (both required by law), and (optional) water, bug spray, itch relief, sunscreen, water shoes, snacks, paddle float, bilge pump, spray skirt, paddle leash, etc.

KAYAK/SUP: "NEW" Robinson's Preserve - Perico & Palma Sola Bayous - Tampa Bay

NEW CANCELLATION POLICY: Since the demand to attend our paddling events is unusually high, we request that if your plans change and you won't be attending, that you remove your name from the "attendee list" as soon as possible! If you do not remove yourself from the list of attendees WITHIN 24 HOURS of the event, you will be marked as a "NO SHOW". If you have THREE CONSECUTIVE "NO SHOW"s you will be dropped from the group.

UPDATE: Our NEW SunCoast Pedal & Paddle (SP&P) decals will be available for purchase prior to this event.

The cost is $3 for TWO decals (Please help me out with exact change!)

By displaying the SP&P decal on your kayak, you will NOT have to sign the liability waiver on EACH trip you attend (instead you will sign an annual waiver when you purchase the decals).

Display your club affiliation with pride while saving time signing in at each event.

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Robinson's Preserve is located in northwest Bradenton. Including the recently acquired "Expansion", the preserve now consists of 682 acres that is a mixed of preserved mangroves, tidal marsh and formal agricultural lands which have undergone an incredible transformation to coastal wetland habitat.

We launch from the NEW kayak launch (enter at the SOUTH Entrance and then immediately make the first RIGHT hand turn).

This NEW course, a 8+ mile loop, encompass parts of Palma Sola Bayou, Palma Sola Bay, Perico Bayou and Tampa Bay.

This is truly one of the most scenic (in it's diversity of Flora and Fauna) and paddle friendly (wind protected) venues in the Sarasota area.

Arrive no later than 8:30 am since we leave at 9:00 am SHARP!

There is plenty of free parking and clean restrooms adjacent to the kayak launch.

Total paddle distance is 8+ miles. It is intended for intermediate and advanced paddlers only!

The actual course/direction of the trip will depend on prevailing currents, tides, wind speed and direction.

IMPORTANT: Approximately 10 minutes before launch time we will hold a MANDATORY pre-paddle safety briefing. Please do not get into your kayaks until AFTER the safety briefing is over. However, be prepared to launch immediately after the safety briefing.

This trip is exclusively for members of SunCoast Pedal & Paddle. No guests, pets, spouses or 1's allowed on this trip.

Don't forget to bring: PFD and WHISTLE (required by law), water, water shoes, bug spray, itch relief, sunscreen, snacks/tofu, paddle leash, bilge pump, spray skirt, paddle float, etc.

UPON ARRIVAL! Please sign in on the "Participant Liability Waiver" (unless you have previously signed an annual waiver).

KAYAK/SUP: Turtle Beach - Neville Marine Preserve - Midnight Pass

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NEW CANCELLATION POLICY: Since the demand to attend our paddling events is unusually high, we request that if your plans change and you won't be attending, that you remove your name from the "attendee list" as soon as possible! If you do not remove yourself from the list of attendees WITHIN 24 HOURS of the event, you will be marked as a "NO SHOW". If you have THREE CONSECUTIVE "NO SHOW"s you will be dropped from the group.

UPDATE: Our NEW SunCoast Pedal & Paddle (SP&P) decals will be available for purchase prior to this event.

The cost is $3 (incl. 2 decals). Please help me out with Exact change.

BY displaying the SP&P decal on your kayak, you will not have to sign the liability waiver on EACH trip you attend (instead you will sign an annual waiver when you purchase the decals).

Display your SP&P club affiliation with pride and save time signing in at each event.
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Meet at the NEW Kayak launch immediately on your left after you make a right turn from Midnight Pass Road to Turtle Beach Road.

Explore Little Sarasota Bay - We will launch from Turtle Beach and paddle across the ICW to Vamo. From there we will paddle south to Spanish Point, Osprey Park, then cross back over the ICW to Casey Key and our final stop at Midnight Pass.

Please arrive no later than 8:30 am since we leave at 9:00 am sharp!

Total trip mileage is approximately 7 miles. Due to the distance and the need for the group to stay together, it is intended for intermediate/experienced paddlers only.

There will be a 15 minute break at Midnight Pass including a walk across the dunes and an optional swim in the Gulf (weather permitting).

Please sign the "Paddle Liability Waiver" upon arrival on the morning of the trip (unless you have previously signed an annual waiver).

This paddle is exclusively for members of SunCoast Pedal & Paddle. No spouses, guests, pets or +1's allowed on this paddle.

Don't forget to bring a PFD and WHISTLE (required by law) and (optional) snacks/tofu, drinks, sunscreen, bug repellent, bilge pump, water shoes, dry bag, paddle leash, camera, etc.

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KAYAKING: Shell Key Preserve

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