The last couple years have seen the sport/hobby/pastime of kayaking reach levels of popularity not seen before. People of all ages are interesting in trying it out, but some have some reservations or questions about physical requirements and preparation.
We have had paddlers from the ages of 5 – 85 years old. On the younger end, the kids usually ride in the front of the tandem with a parent piloting the kayak from the back seat. Depending on the child’s size and ability, they can start kayaking in their own boat around the ages of 10-12, but we did have an experienced 9 year old go out with no problem.
The older first-time paddlers we get usually lament the fact that they waited so long to get out on the water and wish they would have tried it much sooner.
Here are some of the most asked questions we get at Kayak Lake Worth:
What should I bring?
Water, sunscreen and a hat is highly recommended. Wear clothing that you are comfortable getting wet and shoes that can be worn in the water to avoid cutting your feet on oyster shells. Any bags or coolers that you bring should be small, and remember, it will get wet!
Will I get wet?
Yes, you will most likely get at least a little damp. Weather conditions and paddling styles can contribute to the level of wetness. (The 10 ft and tandem kayaks do have drainage holes that allow some water in the kayak.)
What kind of Kayaks do you use?
Kayak Lake Worth rents open, sit-on-top kayaks. While non-traditional, this style opens up the world of kayaking to those who otherwise may not be able to maneuver in a classic kayak. This design results in a more stable boat not prone to tipping.
Are there size limitations?
Yes, the maximum weights allowable are as follows:
10 ft kayaks, maximum weight allowable is 230 lbs.
12 ft kayaks, maximum weight allowable is 300 lbs.
Tandem kayak, maximum total weight is 400 lbs.
Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUPs) maximum weight allowable is 210 lbs.
Can I just walk in without reserving a kayak?
No, we are a mobile Kayak and SUP outfitter. This means that we take advance reservations for your rental or tour. We do our best to accommodate last minute rentals, but availability is not guaranteed.
Are there Alligators?
The Lake Worth Lagoon is a saltwater estuary and Alligators live in freshwater environments, but there are reports of Alligators in saltwater environments – even the ocean. We have never received a report of an Alligator sighting in the Snook Islands or the Bingham Islands.
Kayaking is a fun family sport that can be enjoyed by most ages and skill levels. You can read more of the top questions and answers on our FAQ Page at www.KayakLakeWorth.com. You can also call us between 8AM and 6PM, seven days per week at 561.225.8250.
By South Florida standards, it’s been downright cold at night – especially for this time of year. But, most of the daytime temps have been absolutely beautiful with highs in the 70’s and low humidity. This makes for super enjoyable kayaking weather – you don’t even have to break a sweat half the time!
Come on down to Bryant Park this Saturday 11.10.2012 from 9am-1pm for open kayaking with Kayak Lake Worth and see for yourself!
Typically, we require advanced reservations for our rentals and tours, so this is a unique opportunity to just walk right up if the mood strikes and jump on a kayak. Notice I said ON and kayak, not IN a kayak? That is because we use SOT – sit on top kayaks, not the traditional kind where you are inside a cockpit. This makes the sport accessible to a broader group of people because the SOT kayaks do not tip or flip and are much easier to maneuver for beginners. Stand-up paddleboard rentals will also be available.
All rentals are on a first come, first served basis. Availability is not guaranteed. Children under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardian to be present.
1 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $20+ tax, Tandem for $35+ tax
2 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $35+ tax, Tandem for $50+ tax
4 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $40+ tax, Tandem for $55+ tax
8 Hour Single Kayak or SUP Rentals for $60+ tax, Tandem for $70+ tax
We will be in Bryant Park, just south of the boat ramps. All major credit cards are accepted, cash payments are accepted, but we will NOT be able to make change. Call us at 561.225.8250 with any questions.
Hope to see you Saturday!
We wanted to thank Jane Smith from the Extra Step Blog for featuring Kayak Lake Worth on one of her recent posts.
Midwest couple now running Kayak Lake Worth
Three years ago, Emily and Bryce Billings got married, pulled up their Midwest roots and moved to South Florida.
They wanted to live and work by the water, Emily says, and South Florida fit that bill. They started in Miami, gradually moved up the coast to check out Delray Beach and eventually settled in Lake Worth. Its laid-back feel and affordable homes near the water captured their hearts. They rented for a while and bought a home there in December.
Then in May, the former owner of Kayak Lake Worth needed to sell the business or close it. The mobile kayak business now required more time than Ian Esplin had to spare because he also had a full-time job and a family, Emily says. So the Billings couple bought his business with the hopes of turning it into a 7-day operation.
With two days remaining, the supplies are picked up, the volunteer list is full and we are ready for The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-Up 2012!
We would like to thank Keep Palm Beach Beautiful, the group responsible for organizing the global event in Palm Beach County, for making this important clean-up event possible.
From the Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful website:
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. Every September, volunteers from over 100 countries descend on local beaches, rivers, lakes and canals to show their commitment to cleaner waterways. The Ocean Conservancy, the world’s largest organization focusing exclusively on the health of the marine environment, has sponsored this annual event for the past 27 years.
In our state, the ICC is much more than just removing trash. By using detailed, standardized data cards, volunteers gather valuable information about the types and sources of debris found. Analyzed and tracked year by year, this information serves as a powerful tool for educating the public, influencing public policy, and effecting positive behavioral change on the part of individuals, organizations, and communities.
The collection of this data by cleanup volunteers of all ages and the resulting report prepared by The Ocean Conservancy is used in the following ways:
- To raise awareness of the quantities and types of marine debris;
- To determine the various sources of marine debris;
- To evaluate the impact of marine debris on wildlife and habitat;
- To assist in the enforcement of regulations against illegal dumping;
- To influence industries that manufacture products that cause harm to the marine environment.
Kayak Lake Worth is happy to be part of this worldwide effort. We will be working in the Snook Islands and the surrounding area. We would also like to send out a HUGE thank-you to the South Shores Tavern who will be proving lunch for the volunteers – WE LOVE YOU SOUTH SHORES!!!
Even though we cannot accept anymore volunteers for this event, contact us to be placed on the contact list for our next clean-up.