Discover Paddling

Southwest Florida is a paddler’s paradise! Our calm waters and diverse ecosystems provide the perfect setting for ocean exploration by paddleboard. During this course, we will learn the basics of stand up paddling, then use those skills to experience Rock Creek and San Carlos Bay’s unique flora and fauna. Our ACA certified SUP instructor, who is also a knowledgeable ocean educator, will lead you through magnificent mangrove forests and into our beloved bay. As we paddle, you will learn about mangrove ecology and the creatures that call our region home. There's a good chance we will spot manatees, dolphins, magnificent birds, fish, and so much more.

Classes meet in front of the restrooms at Bunche Beach (17950 John Morris Rd Fort Myers, FL 33908). Parking is available for $2/ hour or with a valid Lee County Parks Parking Pass. 

$70/ person. Must be 18 or older to participate independently, children 13 years and up may participate if accompanied by an adult. 

 

 

Private Stand Up Paddling and Ocean Exploration 

Stand up paddling is a fantastic way to explore our ocean. It allows you a far line of sight and an increased view of the water below you. It's also surprisingly easy, a great form of exercise, and most importantly, it's fun! Many people are pleasantly surprised by how easily they pick it up. Our paddling privates are led by an ACA certified instructor who is also an experienced ocean educator. You will learn the basic skills of stand up paddling and with these skills under your belt, we will discover Southwest Florida's amazing animals and ecosystems.

These courses are 2 hours long and cost $75 per person (2 person minimum). SUP programs are open to ages 13+.

Call (239) 472-8585 or email spencer@sanibelseaschool.org today to arrange a private SUP adventure for your family or 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 spencer@sanibelseaschool.org or call (239) 472-8585.

July: Sanibel Canal Paddle
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
5:30 PM
Meet at Sanibel Boat Ramp, parking is available for $4/hour

Join us for a paddle through the calm, unique Sanibel canals. Click here to view our Facebook event page. 

August: San Carlos Bay Paddle
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
5:30 PM
Meet at Causeway Island A (west), free parking is available

Join us for a paddle on beautiful San Carlos Bay. Click here to view our Facebook event page. 

September: Bunche Beach Paddle
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
5:30 PM
Meet at the Bunche Beach Kayak Launch (17950 John Morris Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33908), parking is available for $2/ hour OR free with a valid Lee County Parks Parking Pass

Join us for a paddle at Bunche Beach, a birder's paradise surrounded by mud flats begging to be explored. Click here to view our Facebook event page.