Kayak Clubs in Jacksonville

Kayak Clubs in Jacksonville
Surrounded by rivers, an ocean and other waterways, Jacksonville, Florida, and the nearby communities are a popular destination for kayakers. Kayak clubs offer a chance for paddle enthusiasts to socialize, improve their technique and find new routes and friends. The paddle clubs in and around Jacksonville are open to new members who share an affinity for paddling.

Seminole Canoe and Kayak Club

The Seminole Canoe and Kayak Club was founded in 1918 in Jacksonville and is one of the oldest kayak clubs in the United States. As a nonprofit, the club is funded by yearly dues from individuals and families. The club is open to all age groups from youth to seniors. The club own its boathouse and clubhouse off the Ortega River, where meetings, activities and outings are held. The club offers kayak classes and participates in waterway clean-ups and other environmental volunteer projects. A meeting is held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4619 Ortega Farms Circle in Jacksonville, as of February 2010.

Seminole Canoe and Kayak Club
flsckc.com

Florida Sea Kayaking Association

The Florida Sea Kayaking Association is a club with most members from northeast Florida, though a portion of the membership is from different areas of Florida and other states. The club paddles on flat water, including creeks and rivers, and saltwater in the Atlantic and Gulf. Members range in age and ability. Some have single kayaks, some tandem and some white-water. There are solo or yearly family memberships available. As a member, you can participate in club trips, classes, meetings and functions free of charge, minus lodging and transportation. They meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the IHOP at 8400 Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville, as of February 2010.

Florida Sea Kayaking Association
clubkayak.com/fska

N. FL Paddlers

Founded in 2007, the N. FL Paddlers is an active group of kayakers who meet a few times a month to paddle and dine, September through June. The club's intent is to keep membership dues low and paddle consistently. The club's favorite paddling spots include Black Creek, Salt Springs, Rainbow Springs and St. Mary's. They are open to new members of varying ability levels and tend to focus on day trips in freshwater river and wooded settings. Since they launch in remote areas, club members must have their own equipment.

N. FL Paddlers
meetup.com/NFL-Paddlers

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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