Club Information

Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers is a unique paddle club which we believe is the best in Florida. Past winner of the American Canoe Assn (ACA) "Outstanding Paddle Club in the U.S." Award, we continue with the same high standards.  The reasons we are unique:

  •  A major focus of our club is to provide opportunities to paddle all of the interesting waterways in the wider Tampa Bay area, from the Gulf, our bays and many varied rivers.
  •  Our goal is to have fun - enjoying all aspects of Florida's wonderful nature. At the same time we work to ensure that our members learn and practice safe kayaking. There are many scheduled opportunities for free skills and safety training.
  • TBSK has over 24 trained trip leaders who lead a combined total of more than 100 trips per year. They maintain proficiency in effective group leadership on the water, including how to rescue capsized paddlers and in group control (we stick together). They regularly carry safety equipment including tow ropes (if you can't make it back) and a first aid kit.
  • We realize that one size does not fit all. Different paddlers have different boats, skills and fitness. So we have four different levels of paddle trips:
    • Level 0  -  These are paddles typically less than 3 miles and the speed is casual, often focused on viewing nature.
    • Level I   -  Paddles are about 5 miles or less and a bit faster paced though in sheltered water.
    • Level II -  Paddles are from 5 to 10 miles and at a faster pace. May be out in the bays with more exposure to winds and tides but not far from the shore.
    • Level III -  Paddles can be over 10 miles at 4 mph or more on open water
  • We highly prize building friendships thru paddling. We socialize at our monthly paddle-picnics (at which we have paddles and/or skills training for all skill levels), at our monthly meetings (with a speaker) held at local kayak shops in the Tampa Bay area. Our newsletter of events helps us all keep connected. Our advanced paddlers help the less skilled develop their skills (including rescue skills). Members are also available to give advice on buying a boat.

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