Kayaking is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Lover’s Key. With just a kayak and a paddle, you have access to gorgeous blue waters and skies, lush native greenery, and a host of wildlife at your fingertips.
In this article, we will cover four tips for beginners and experienced kayakers alike planning to spend time in the water.
Southwest Florida’s Barrier Islands, especially Lover’s Key, are a verifiable playground for those interested in water activities. From splashing in the surf to fishing and boating, there is something for everyone.
For those of us who have an interest in kayaking and those other activities listed above, safety is the number one most important thing to consider. There is no faster way to ruin a good time than by you or someone else getting hurt.
This is why it is vital, above all else, to wear a life jacket. Hey, we get it — a bright orange puffer vest safety device isn’t the sexiest piece of attire you will wear that day, but it is essential for safety.
Have peace of mind and confidence in knowing that you will not run into danger if your kayak flips over into the water. Speaking of which…
Wear Proper Attire
Only secondary to wearing a (properly fitting) life vest is wearing weather-appropriate attire. During the summer months, and much of the rest of the year, Florida’s climate is hot, humid, and sun-filled.
Little else can ruin your week-long trip like getting harsh sunburns on day one. That is why it is important to consider the current weather situation.
If, like most Florida days, it is hot and filled with sunshine, you need to not only wear a high-SPF sunscreen, but you need to also wear clothing that can breathe and covers the majority of your skin.
This is the time to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants made from cotton, not a bathing suit without a shirt on (we know, it’s tempting)! In addition, we suggest wearing a hat that has a 360-degree brim.
Go As A Group
Kayaking, while generally a safe sporting activity, should be done as a group activity. Find at least one other person, preferably experienced, to go along with you. Going as a group is both more fun and safer.
Expect the unexpected. While we cannot foresee every possibility, having a group of people adds eyes and able hands to help in any situation. Whether someone flips their kayak, gets lost, or even passes out from the heat of the sun, it is vital not to kayak alone.
If it is your first time renting a kayak, or even if you are experienced, these are crucial factors to consider before hitting the water in Lover’s Key.
Not only do you need to have a life vest and clothing that is appropriate for the hot Florida sun, but you should also consider going as a group for both fun and safety.
Lovers Key Adventures
8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931