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Weather and Tides

- Local Hourly Weather Forecast from The Weather Channel

- Local weather from NOAA

- Local Weather from Bay News 9

- Marine Weather - out 20 nautical miles from shore
                            - does not apply to rivers and bays

- Tides


Surf Reports

Gulfster


Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
Red Tide Current Status Report

Fort DeSoto Park and Campground



Ft. DeSoto Park, Pinellas County, Florida


ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS

British Canoe Union North America

American Canoe Association

Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers

Florida Sports Paddling Club


KAYAK CENTERS AND FRIENDS

These are centers with which we are either personally or professionally associated. We highly recommend you visit them in your travels and peruse their websites.



Alaska Kayak School

The Alaska Kayak School promotes enjoyment of sea kayaking and apprection of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Coastal mountains, glaciers, fjords, volcanoes, and abundant marine life are breahtaking backdrops for our paddling adventures and instructional programs.




Atlantic Kayak Tours

Atlantic Kayak Tours is the largest and most experienced kayak company in the New York tri-state area, specializing on the Hudson River Valley. We offer over 75 different kayak tours and British Canoe Union (BCU) instructional programs from New Jersey to Cape Cod. BCU 1-3 Star kayak instructional programs are offered at our Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center located between Peekskill and Cortlandt, New York on the Hudson River.




Barrier Island Kayaks

Located on the southern Outer Banks in the quaint, historic village of Swansboro, North Carolina, Barrier Island Kayaks can have you on an unforgettable sea kayaking adventure in minutes. Our waterfront location on the intracoastal waterway is considered to be one of the premier sea kayaking destinations on the East Coast. We're minutes from Emerald Isle and Hammock's Beach State Park. Our unique location is a mecca for sea kayakers (we're recognized as a Nigel Dennis Expedition Center); a true sea kayaking adventure is just a few paddle strokes away.




Body Boat Blade International

Body Boat Blade International is owned and operated by three of the most qualified, dedicated, and passionate instructors in the Pacific Northwest. We want to share our knowledge, skill, and our love of paddling and the sea with you. We specialize in high quality instruction for paddlers at any skill level. Our certified instructors are committed to upholding the highest standards of coaching, leadership, and judgment in every program that we offer. To round out your learning experience, we offer year-round courses taught by world-renowned guest coaches.




Carpe Diem Kayaking

Carpe Diem Kayaking specializes in custom sea kayaking programs for individuals and groups on the Maine coast. We also offer public kayaking instruction for paddlers at all levels. We are dedicated to quality instruction and guarantee small class sizes.




Great River Outfitters

Great River Outfitters was founded by Stan and Ema Chladek in 1972 as a sea kayak company and retailer in the Detroit, Michigan area. Their lifelong interest in kayaking began more than forty years ago when they were gold medalists in C2 mixed team paddling at the 1965 ICK Whitewater World Championships in Austria. Stan and Ema are also the original organizers of what has become an annual event, the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium. Stan Chladek and Frank Goodman, the founder of Valley Sea Kayaks have been friends and paddling companions for many years and have paddled together on several worldwide expeditions. Goodman is one of the world's best known kayak designers and originally began his kayak design career in order to create a sea kayak, fully outfitted for his expeditions. Stan and Ema retired from Great River Outfitters in 2004 and GRO was sold and relocated to Rhode Island. GRO will continue to be the exclusive importer and distributor of Valley Sea Kayaks and accessories and the GRO retail division is now operated by The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island.


The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island

Three Great Rhode Island Locations

We offer the finest coaching and learning experiences anywhere in New England. From British Canoe Union to American Canoe Association instruction, and a terrific waterfront location, we believe we have it all.

You'll find the same high quality gear in our teaching and coaching programs that we feature in our retail stores in Wickford and Newport. Our stores offer a superb selection of sea, white water and sit on top kayaks by Nigel Dennis, Valley, Current Designs, Perception, Dagger, Aquaterra, Necky, EPI, Feathercraft and Ocean Kayaks. We offer an extensive selection of books, videos accessories and clothing including Palm and Patogonia.

For rentals or casual recreational paddling check out our seasonal location on the saltwater ponds in Charlestown.

SO COME VISIT US IN THE OCEAN STATE LET US EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS


Kri Kri Studio

For unique gifts and ceramics, visit Kri Kri Studio.




Maine Island Kayak Company

MIKCO is in its second decade providing unusual courses and journeys to outer island environments, traveling in small groups, unsing premium gear, with professional instructor/guides. As always our trips are highly individualized custom teaching adventures. You will leave refreshed and invigorated with a strong sense of your abilities on the water and you'll love our dilicious homemade meals. So call us to discuss your goals and dreams. Bring a sense of adventure and enthusiasm,we'll do the rest.


Mosquito Lagoon Paddlers

We are a canoe and kayak club in East Central Florida. We paddle inland and coastal waterways and enjoy the nature and the ever changing estuary with several thousand species of marine life, which meanders through our vast intracoastal waterway.

We are a group dedicated to the promotion and exploration of all types of waterways. We enjoy sharing our experiences and understand the life changing affects of the wild places here in Florida, and beyond.


Nigel Foster Designs

Nigel Foster is an international figure in Sea Kayaking, known for his writing, instruction, his symposium appearances and his kayak designs (he has to date designed six sea kayaks). He is a partner at Sweetwater Kayaks. He has written five books on paddling topics as well as many articles for magazines such as Sea Kayaker. His books include "Nigel Foster's Sea Kayaking" and "Nigel Foster's Surf Kayaking", his latest book "A Sea Kayaking Guide to Southern Florida", (all three published in USA by Globe Pequot Press) and "Kayaking, a Beginner's Guide", and "Open Canoe Technique" (both published in U.K. by Fernhurst Books).


Ocean Air Sea Kayak

For the serious kayaker, Ocean Air Sea Kayak is the only area outfitter certified to provide both ACA and BCU kayak instruction and guide services. We offer 18 unique courses and over 20 tours of our beautiful area.


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Qajaq USA

This is a good site to learn about greenland style paddling.


Sea Kayak Georgia

Sea Kayak Georgia is single minded in offering you the finest service in the kayaking community. Whether you are looking to develop your skills as a paddler, wanting to purchase a kayak, or just get out on the water for some much needed relaxation, we are here to help.


Sea Kayaking UK

The Anglesey Sea & Surf Centre was set up in 1980 by Nigel Dennis, the owner of Nigel Dennis Kayaks, who conducts kayaking courses in the warm hospitality of the Centre, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on Holy Island off Anglesey, North Wales. The area offers magnificent rugged coastline with outlying islands, 400 foot cliffs, sea caves, arches and sandy beaches. The area is rich in marine wildlife, including many species of sea birds and seals. The main tidal stream flows around the surrounding coastline, providing excellent training grounds for sea kayakers who want to increase their skills from intermediate to advanced level.


WaterTribe Online Magazine

A great online magazine that seeks to inform and unite paddlers everywhere.


Adventure Outfitters

Tampa, Florida

We are Florida's destination for Adventure Gear, Travel, and Professional Instruction! Our 3600sqft Showroom in South Tampa has the most complete selection of trail proven gear and clothing available. It is also "home base" to Adventure Outfitters Expeditions offering hiking, trekking and climbing trips to some of the most exotic locations on earth! Come join us on one of our trips or let our well travelled staff help you select just the right gear for your trip. Where ever you're going, chances are we've been there.


Terra Santa Kayak Expeditions

Terra Santa Kayak Expeditions, located in Israel , was founded by Omer Singer and Saggi Nechushtan, both veterans of numerous kayak expeditions and certified B.C.U. (British Canoe Union) instructors.

The company has set forth two main missions:

1. To introduce the sport of kayaking to Israel by creating a club which operates all year around, and by guiding Israeli paddlers in expeditions all over the world.

2. To introduce the world sea kayaking community to the beauty of the eastern Mediterranean, which includes the Greek islands, the Mediterranean shore of Israel , the Red Sea , the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.

A year-round warm climate, brilliant scenery, numerous historical sights, and a variety of cultures combine to make a kayak expedition in this region an unforgettable adventure.

Terra Santa Kayak Expeditions uses only top quality equipment.


Filter For Good

A pledge to take only reusable water bottles on the water.


Legends Guitars

We specialize in Quality New, Used, Rare, Vintage, & Collectible Instruments for the Discerning Player & Collector




Sweetwater Kayaks
10000 Gandy Blvd., Saint Petersburg, Florida 33702
Phone: (727) 570-4844 | Fax: (727) 563-0553 | Email us today at
Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 11:00am - 6:00pm, Sat 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

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