Paddlesports at Sanibel Sea School

Whether you enjoy kayaking or stand up paddleboarding, our paddlesports programs will help you make the most of your time on the water. Led by ACA-certified instructors, these adventures are open to individuals of all levels ages 16 and older. You will develop your paddling skills, enjoy spectacular views, and – in the true spirit of Sanibel Sea School – learn a thing or two about our local wildlife and ecosystems.

Flora and Fauna Kayak Paddle

Meet at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way).
Open to participants ages 16 and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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The location of the paddle will be chosen based on the current weather and paddling conditions. Some of the places we might visit are:

Bowman’s Beach
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Bunche Beach
San Carlos Bay and The Sanibel Canals

Price: $50 per person

Casual kayakers and committed nature enthusiasts alike will love this unique eco adventure on Sanibel. Our comfortable kayaks are fun and easy to paddle, even for first time kayakers. Relax and enjoy the sounds of nature as you paddle gently through Sanibel’s amazing coastal ecosystems – like mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and sand flats – without disturbing the native flora and fauna. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the plants and animals you encounter, and will be happy to answer your questions.


WhatSUP with Nature

This program meets at Sanibel Sea School (455 Periwinkle Way) or Sundial Beach Resort & Spa (1451 Middle Gulf Drive). Please confirm the meeting location when you register.
Open to participants ages 16 and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Please click the registration button below to view the current schedule.

The location of the paddle will be chosen based on the current weather and paddling conditions. Some of the places we might visit are:

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Bowman’s Beach
San Carlos Bay and The Sanibel Canals

Price: $50 per person

Experience the best Sanibel has to offer during a guided paddle through the area’s estuaries and waterways. This is a safe, easy and informative stand up paddleboarding experience, and it is an excellent choice for beginners. The paddleboarding will begin on land with an informative tutorial explaining basic technique and safety. Next, you will get out on the water. Your guide will have you standing in no time, helping you get comfortable with your new found skill. When you feel ready, you will be led along waterways that are teeming with wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, stingrays, and a variety of coastal birds. You never know what surprises the ocean will have in store!


Get Up. Stand Up. Don’t Give Up the Fight!

Meet at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa (1451 Middle Gulf Drive). Sanibel Sea School’s classroom is located next to the main pool deck.
Open to participants ages 16 and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Please click the registration button below to view the current schedule.

This program will last between 2-3 hours, depending on traffic and program location. The location of the paddle will be chosen based on the current weather and paddling conditions. Some of the places we might visit are:

Sundial Resort
Bowman’s Beach

Price: $50 per person

In a relaxed environment, we will explore the fundamentals of stand up paddleboarding and some essential skills for staying safe on the water. We will learn paddle strokes and other techniques that will help you paddle more efficiently, allowing you to maintain your energy and enjoy longer trips. In small groups, paddlers will receive coaching tailored to their needs. There will be plenty of time to practice what you've learned and ask questions. Be prepared to work hard, get wet, and have fun while learning about the sport of stand up paddleboarding.  

Private Paddling Sessions 

Stand up paddling is a fantastic, fun way for friends and families with older children to explore the ocean together. Led by an ACA-certified instructor and tailored to your interests and abilities, private paddling sessions at Sanibel Sea School offer an opportunity for your group to enjoy an active experience on the water while you observe and learn about Southwest Florida’s unique flora and fauna. All of our paddling instructors are also trained marine educators who are eager to share their knowledge with you.  

Private paddling sessions will begin with an evaluation of your skills, and your group leader will provide any necessary instruction to ensure that each member of your party is able to paddle comfortably and safely. Next, you will venture out into the Florida ecosystem of your choice to discover the fascinating creatures and habitats that await you. If there are topics or animals that are of particular interest to you, please let us know before your program. We are always happy to customize the experience for you, or to offer suggestions that you might like.

Our private paddling sessions are 2 hours long and cost $100 per person, with a two person minimum. We recommend this course for individuals fourteen years of age or older. By appointment. Call (239) 472-8585 or email info@sanibelseaschool.org today and let us plan the perfect paddleboard-based adventure for your group.

 


Ocean Tribe Paddling Club

Our monthly meet-ups are a great opportunity to go for a relaxed group paddle, share paddling tips and ideas, and meet new friends to paddle with. Just bring your favorite paddling equipment - kayaks, canoes, SUPs, etc. are all welcome! Questions? Email oceantribepaddlers@sanibelseaschool.org

Please visit oceantribepaddlers.org or follow us on Facebook for more details about upcoming events!