Safety is the #1 priority for Florida Outdoor Adventures, Dave K and your guide! Even if you’ve never kayaked before, paddling with us is very safe. Paddling with us is the safe, smart option. Using a rental and setting off on your own could be extremely risky and problematic, potentially ruining your trip. The Everglades are a unique place where everything looks the same and it’s not unusual for first time visitors to become lost in the confusing mangrove maze as darkness approaches.
Your guide will thoroughly discuss all paddling safety procedures before we head out. Everyone is required to wear the provided life vest at all times on the water. Throughout the tour, your guide will carry kayak safety equipment such as tow system, paddle float, bilge pump, and first aid. Even the rare event of a capsize is not dangerous because the Everglades´ waters are warm, flat and shallow. Your guide also carries a navigation system including compass, detailed charts, and has vast experience paddling this area. They also have communications equipment for use if an emergency evacuation is required. You will be paddling in comfortable, stable, high quality kayaks and using the best equipment. We never go out in unsafe weather conditions, such as in lightning.
Also, as a wilderness first responder, your guide is trained to respond to medical emergencies in the backcountry. And, as a kayak instructor, they are qualified not only to perform, but to teach open water sea kayak safety and rescue skills. Florida Outdoor Adventures carries the required Everglades National Park Commercial Use Authorization permit and guide/outfitter business general liability insurance. We have also prepared and use an up-to-date Emergency Action Plan.