Recommendations for Paddle Boarding and Kayaking with children
Children Paddling on SUP Boards on Kayaks
Children of all ages are welcome on any paddling adventure. Children under 90 pounds should be on a parent/guardian’s vessel at all times. Children have a harder time paddling alone as they are lighter and blow more quickly in the wind. This means that paddle boarding is much more difficult for children than kayaking. Tandem kayaks are a perfect option for families with children. Especially children that do not have prior paddling experience in a kayak or paddle board.
Paddle Boarding with Children
Private Paddle boarding options are available to children through private lessons. One-on-one instruction is needed to ensure the safety of your child and others in a group tour. These recommendations for paddling are encouraged for everyone’s experience on the water.
The Tandem Quatro Kayak
We have special kayaks that allow up to 2 adults & 2 children under 50 lbs at a total weight 575 pounds. This model is referred to as the quarto and provides small seats in the middle of the kayak. Children that are 55-90 lbs are too big for the middle seats and would need to sit in an adult seat.
Children under 50 lbs:
Recommended to be in a middle seat of a kayak or seated on a paddle board with an adult. Please note that single kayaks are not designed to hold a child.
Children 70-95 pounds:
We recommended that children of this weight sit in the front of a tandem kayak with an adult in the back for the Best Paddling Experience! If your children is around this weight and has paddling experience they may want to have their own kayak. Single kayaks are available.
Children over 95 pounds
Single kayaks are recommended for children of this weight to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Children of this weight that are looking to try out a paddle board for the first time should have a private paddle board lesson before coming out on a guided paddle board tour.
First Time Paddle Boarding
Children that are looking to try out a paddle board for the first time are required to have a private paddle board lesson before coming out on a group guided paddle board tour.
Are you looking for a Guided Eco Tour while kayaking with Children?
Please view these options as recommendations based on your child’s weight and the type of paddling experience that you would like to have on the water. If you are looking for a Guided Eco Tour experience where you can view as much nature as possible and learn about Southwest Florida’s Coastal Ecosystem then a kayak tour is for you! If you are looking for your child or children to learn how to paddle board and maybe see a dolphin or manatee the please sign up for a Private Paddle Board Lesson. Seashore Eco Tours Staff has found that most first-time paddle boarders spend more time learning the sport then focusing on the coastal environment.
Why do we have recommendations for children?
Our experienced guides have noticed that due to their weight children quickly blow away from the tour group. If a tour guide has to attach a child and tow them along the tour then they are not able to rescue someone that may be in need if an emergency occurs on the water. These recommendations must be followed for the safety of all participants on Guided Eco Tours and Lessons. We understand that children have the ability to balance very well on paddle boards however it is more important that they learn how to steer and stop to be successful and safe on their own vessel. Therefore we believe that the safest option is teach children safety first in one-on-one paddle board lesson that is designed for their personal success.