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Kayaking & Canoeing Instruction
We've partnered with the American Canoe Association to offer you the national standard in kayak and canoe instruction. Instruction is available to USF Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Affiliates, and the public. If you're completely new to the sport sign up for the SmartStart clinic. We also offer advanced instruction in kayak and canoe skills.
Kayak & Canoe Adventures
We have a variety of Kayak & Canoe Adventure Trips planned for Spring 2012 to Weedon Island, Crystal River and even an Overnight Kayak/Canoe & Camping Overnight Adventure. These are a part of our NEW Adventure Trip program, including a SCUBA Day Trip, Snorkel Day Trip & StandUp Paddleboarding Day Trips. We hope to see you on the water soon.
One of the most popular things to do at the Waterfront is to check out a kayak. It is a great activity to do between classes or if you are looking for a great way to spend a nice day outside.
The Waterfront features kayaks by Ocean Kayak. These kayaks are "Sit on top" design. They are completely sealed so they cannot sink even if you manage to flip one over. They are also self draining if any water comes over the top. No experience is necessary. These kayaks are very stable, safe and easy to learn to use.
You can launch a kayak from the Waterfront and venture along the shoreline of Tampa Bay along Downtown St. Petersburg.
As of 9/11/12 we have suspended off campus use. The boats can no longer be checked out in 24 hour increments. Thank you for your understanding.
The Waterfront has single as well as double kayaks. So bring a friend. The double kayaks are very suitable for a parent kayaking with a child.
Kayak checkout information:
The kayaks are available when The Waterfront is open, generally from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Kayaks are available on a first come/first served basis. You may bring a guest with you if you like.
To register for instructional lessons, please complete the Kayak Registration Form. Registration is official once payment is received.
Please complete our Waterfront Private Lessons if interested in scheduling a SMARTSTART Beginning or Intermediate Lesson with a trained instructor.