Ocean Tribe Paddlers will lead a Full Moon Paddle on January 2nd. 

Ocean Tribe Paddlers will lead a Full Moon Paddle on January 2nd. 

Sanibel Sea School’s Ocean Tribe Paddlers, a new club for paddle sports enthusiasts, will host a Full Moon Paddle on January 2nd. Participants will enjoy an evening paddle in the waters around Bowman’s Beach, guided by Sanibel Sea School’s paddling instructor under the light of the moon.

“Paddling in the moonlight is an experience that every paddler needs to have,” said Walter Cheatham, the organization’s Outdoor Education Coordinator, who will lead the event. “The ocean is a different place at night, with different creatures moving around than you might see during the day, and the reflection of the moonlight on the water is so peaceful and beautiful.” Cheatham decided to plan this event because he realized that many paddlers he talked to were interested in paddling in the dark, but were intimidated or nervous to make the trip alone. “Banding together as a guide-led group will make us all safer and more confident,” he added.

To participate, meet at the Bowman’s Beach Kayak Launch at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, January 2nd. This event is free, and parking is available with a valid City of Sanibel Parking Pass, or for a small hourly fee. Please bring your own vessel – all kayaks, SUPs, and other paddle-powered vessels are welcome. A limited number of paddleboards are available to borrow, but please make a request via email in advance. Any weather-related changes will be announced via the Ocean Tribe Paddlers Facebook page. 

Ocean Tribe paddlers is a club founded by Sanibel Sea School, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to help the SWFL paddling community better explore, enjoy, and understand the ocean. Visit oceantribepaddlers.org or follow the group on Facebook to learn more. Questions? Email oceantribepaddlers@sanibelseaschool.org

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