Florida Keys Challenge - Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

  • Florida Keys Challenge: January 15 - 22, 2020
    This page is for trip registration only. Payment can be made through either PayPal or mail. Further information will be given on making payment after completion of the trip registration form.

    Trip Registration Deadline
    January 1, 2020 or when trip capacity is reached

    Participation Limit
    60 paddlers

    Trip Fees
    The trip fee includes camping, meals, and shuttle.

    • Adult Paddlers: $799/person

    Paddle Florida Lite

    $125/day. Can't get away for the whole trip? Choose the Paddle Florida Lite option and pay a daily rate over four or fewer days. The daily fee includes a meal plan, but no shuttle. If you are not paddling the whole trip, you may need to arrange for your own shuttle transportation. Contact Bill Richards at bill@paddleflorida.org for more information.

    The Meal Plan.  Meals will be provided by professional caterers or local civic groups. Expect hearty, hot fare for breakfast and dinner.  On-water lunch stops will include ample portions of fruit, chips, cookies, granola bars, PB&J sandwiches, and water. 

    Paddlers needing to rent a sea kayak and related gear may contact our partnering outfitter  in Key Largo: Florida Bay Outfitters, (305) 451-3018. 

    Boat Recommendations
    Even in good weather, it's not uncommon to experience windy and choppy conditions in the open waters of the Florida Keys. For this trip, we highly recommend kayaks of at least 16 feet in length equipped with a rudder or skeg and a spray skirt. You should also have solid sea kayaking, rescue, wet exit, and swimming skills. If you have any questions about the kind of environment you will encounter on this trip, please contact Bill Richards at bill@paddleflorida.org.

    Required Liability Waiver
    Participants will be required to complete a liability waiver, which can be downloaded from the 'Documents' tab of this page.  If you're paying for the trip through regular mail, please print and send the completed waiver with your check.  You can also bring the completed waiver with you to check-in.  We will also have extra blank waivers online for paddlers to complete. 

    Paddle Florida Policies
    • All paddlers must attend the trip overview and orientation briefing on the first evening. Paddlers must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.
    • Paddlers must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) and whistle at all times on the river.
    • Paddlers under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian. No more than two children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
    • Sorry, no pets allowed.
    • All paddlers must provide emergency contact information and sign a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. 
    • People-powered watercraft only.
    • Paddle Florida adheres to all rules put forth by the public parks we stay in, including the ban on alcoholic beverages.
    • All paddlers must respect private property along the waterways we paddle.
    • All paddlers must have intermediate open water paddling experience and basic swimming skills. Self and/or assisted kayak rescue knowledge and experience is also helpful on this trip.
    • Violations of these policies can result in the paddler being removed from the event without refund.

    Refund Policy

    Due to the financial outlay and costs incurred by Paddle Florida during event planning, any force majeure, which includes but is not limited to water levels, inclement weather, and any other Acts of God not mentioned herein, shall not result in the refund of any fees paid to Paddle Florida. Absolutely no fees will be refunded after 15 days before the event begins. Before each trip registration deadline, requests for fee refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    ***You will receive a confirmation email message 7 - 10 days before the event with all the latest details on the trip***

    Documents Attached to Florida Keys Challenge:
    2019 - 2020 USCA Waiver Release Form
    Keys Itinerary Updated
    Keys Trip 2020 - Itinerary
    Keys Trip 2020 - Paper Registraton Form