At Florida Outdoor Adventures, we live, sleep and breathe the outdoors. As a small team of nature and wildlife enthusiasts, we are passionate about kayaking the Everglades to explore one of the most dynamic and unique ecosystems in the world. On our fully outfitted and guided overnight sea kayak camping tours you’ll explore exotic habitats such as 10,000 Islands, Wilderness Waterway, the Gulf of Mexico, hidden mangrove tunnels and white sand beaches to name a few, and stargaze under the clear Florida sky in various campsites (chickees, shell mounds, beaches). As we venture off the beaten track you may spot a docile manatee lolling at the surface, kayak in the middle of frolicking dolphins, watch a shy sea turtle coming up for a breath and observe pelicans diving for their dinner at sunset. Our tours are all-inclusive and include the required national park camping permit and fees – no need to bring anything but yourself and a positive attitude!
Our work is our passion and we want to share it with you! Meet our expert and certified guides who will help you explore the beating heart of the everglades:
Florida Outdoor Adventure´s owner, Dave Kochendorfer, has worked as a professional guide since 1996 and lived in the Everglades since 2004. He is a University of Florida certified Florida Master Naturalist, American Canoe Association (ACA) certified Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) certified Wilderness First Responder. Dave K will be your route finder, wildlife spotter, naturalist interpreter, campsite organizer, kayak packer, gear repairman, spirit motivator, emergency rescuer, personal chef and pot scrubber! He will share his knowledge of this unique environment with you, instruct you in kayaking skills, keep you safe, ensure you are comfortable, and prepare delicious meals for you. Kayak with Dave K and you’ll get to know the Everglades like the back of your hand.
Lead guide Kevin Rodengen grew up in south Florida. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science and has done extensive wilderness education through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder and ACA Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor. Kevin’s objective is to continue practicing environmental education by guiding multi-day wilderness expeditions in order to encourage conservation efforts for the remaining wild earth, but most importantly he is in love with the natural world and dedicated to conserving it. He believes that guiding tours is the best way to protect the environment by helping others fall in love with it.