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There are many great places to get out on the water in our area - streams, rivers, lakes, secluded coves, canals, lakes, bays, sounds and the Gulf. In many places the water is shallow and not easily accessible with motor boats but ideally in a kayak. Many enjoy getting away from a hectic lifestyle and relaxing on the water at a slower pace. This is a major benefit of kayaking. But kayaks have other benefits too. They allow us to observe the sub-tropical flora and fauna of the aquatic environment up close without destroying it. Except for the gas needed to get to the launch site, kayakers do not pollute our environment and save a lot of money compared to owners of larger sail or power boats. New kayaks are available for as little as $250. But you can pay $2,000 if you'd like something special. People without kayaks are also welcome. Many of our outings start at locations with kayak rentals or you can pick one up along the way. Our outings are suitable for kayakers of all levels. So, come join us and bring some friends with you.

Besides the outings planned by our organizers, all members can now post events. We do not screen these persons nor have we checked out their kayaking abilities. Regardless of who organizes and posts an event, when you take part you alone are responsible for your safety. Kayaking can be dangerous. Become aware of the dangers of wind, waves, currents, wakes from big boats, sun and heat. Make sure you have a personal flotation device with you. A whistle and flares are good in case you need to get attention to get help. Take food, water and sun block. Be ready to turn back if you no longer feel comfortable in a situation. No other person knows better what your limits are than you. Realize that risk can not be eliminated totally. Storms with strong winds, big waves and driving rain can develop quickly. Pay attention to changes in the weather and head for shore where you can wait safely until it has passed. Being out a long way from shore is risky because kayaks can not travel quick enough to get to shore when a storm develops. For that reason it is always safest to paddle fairly close to shore so that it can be reached in just a couple minutes if necessary.

Kayaking is fun. Kayaking with others can be even more fun. Come get involved and take part. But always remember: You are responsible for yourself. Know your limitations, paddle at your own risk. See you on the water :-)


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The Fort Myers Area Kayaking Group

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  • 5 days ago · 8:00 AM

    Y&G PG

    2 kayakers

    YGPS schedule for Fridays: OCTOBER 13TH and OCTOBER 20th , as follows: Friday, October 13th: Pop Ash Creek is the site of the YGPS paddle trip: as follows: Day/... Learn more

  • October 6 · 8:00 AM

    Judd Park

    6 kayakers | 5.00

    DESTINATION: Judd Community Park/ Yellow Fever Creek (1297 Parkview, Ct., N. Ft. Myers, FL) is the site of the next YGPS paddle outing. Details as follows: Day/... Learn more

  • September 2 · 9:00 AM

    Telegraph Creek Paddle CANCELLED

    28 kayakers

    It's been a while since we did this paddle....and it still is one of my favorites! You never know what exotic creature you might encounter. So let's go looking for the... Learn more

  • August 21 · 1:30 PM

    Eclipse Watch at the Beach!

    6 kayakers | 6 Photos

    Anybody up for watching the Eclipse at the beach? The plan is to meet at "Doc's Beach" (Bonita Beach Park) and watch the Eclipse, also go for a swim, or a walk, play... Learn more

  • July 30 · 10:00 AM

    Circumnavigate Matlacha

    14 kayakers | 5.00 | 21 Photos

    Circumnavigate Matlacha Community park Clockwise.     Easy beginners paddle, mostly shallow water.      Launch at Matlacha Park at 10 AM .

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    October 6
    Nancy F.
    "Very good, we need to set up a tree and shrub trimming trip soon!"
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    July 30

    "Love this bird, but cannot find this in my birders book ????"

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    Andrewcf Andrewcf commented on a photo
    July 30

    "Sorry I missed this. A few days prior I found out by CT that I have a bad case of diverticulitis,­ fever, nausea, headache. Was trying to tough it out but no. I will try again soon. Thanks....Andy"

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    Robin D C. Robin D C. commented on a photo
    July 30

    "Looks like a fun time today. I will be watching for the next adventure. Jody and I will be moving the end of this week to the cape and will be very close to pine island"

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    DON added 11 new photos to Circumnavigate Matlacha
    July 30
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    Gordon added 10 new photos to Circumnavigate Matlacha
    July 30
  • Group Review
    Penny Penny wrote a group review
    June 4
    Penny
    "Being new to the area and kayaking, what a warm welcome from such a friendly group of people! Thank you for your kindness; I had a great day and look forward to more!"
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    Colleen added 12 new photos to ADULT DAY ON KEEWAYDIN ISLAND!!!
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