Instructions about safety, equipment and how to paddle a kayak.
One person in a single kayak
Time of classes will be determined by the instructors
Customers need to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the time of the class
Classes will be approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Customer reservations must be made no later than 12 noon of the day prior to the scheduled class
Sign park liability waiver; as well as indicate approval of the release of potential public photo shoot (see column on the right).
Be 18 years old or older. Children must be at least 15 years old and have the consent and on-the-water presence of a parent or guardian who is 18 years old or older.
Be physically and medically capable of entering and exiting their kayaks without assistance, and paddling a kayak for up to 2 hours.
Be less than 250 pounds, which is the weight limit of our kayaks.
Accept the presence of area wildlife, including alligators.
Be willing and able to assist the guides in the unloading, setup and storage of boats and equipment.
Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Be prepared to get your feet and lower legs wet getting into and out of the kayak. It is advisable to wear appropriate footwear such as water shoes, as well as wicking clothing.
Follow instructions given by guides.
Suggested items to bring are
Snack if desired
Waterproof pouch for keys, phone, camera, and ID.
Participant Release of Liability
Your guide will have a copy of the following liability wavier
which you will sign at the park before your tour or class.
The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park participant release of liability
Please read before signing
ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Ø The ability to enter and exit the vessel independently or with the assistance of a companion.
Ø The ability to remain seated and balanced using adaptive support if necessary.
Ø At lease one person in the vessel must have the ability to move it through the water in a stable, controlled manner and return it back to the launching area.
Ø The ability to put on and wear a lifejacket independently or with the assistance of a companion.
Ø The ability to follow directions.
Ø The ability to signal / call for help independently or with the assistance of a companion
Assumption of Risk
In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Citizens Support Organization (CSO) Friends of Lake Griffin State Park’s paddle tour, I acknowledge, understand, and agree that:
1) The risk of injury from any activity involved in this program is minor, however the potential of serious injury or death does exist.
2) I knowingly and freely assume all such risks regardless of if they arise from a natural event or from any person or equipment.
3) I agree to comply with the stated terms and conditions for participation as outlined to me during the safety briefing. If, however, I observe any unusual or significant hazard during my participation I will bring that hazard to the attention of the tour guides.
4) I hereby release, indemnify, and hold harmless the state, CSO or any agent, employee, or volunteer of the state or CSO with respect to any and all injury, disability, death or loss to person or property during my participation.
We may occasionally take pictures during our tours and these photos may be posted to the state’s official social media page, the Friends of Lake Griffin State Park’s website, or Facebook. They may also be used in print capacity. If you do not consent to having your photo taken and used in this manner, please let one of your guides know. Your failure to do so will be taken as consent to have your photograph taken. Please note, this also applies to any minor children under your guardianship during the tour.
I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.
Click here for a Liability Wavier pertaining to a participant that is a MINOR.
The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, restore and enhance the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources of Lake Griffin State Park for present and future generations.