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Ocean Tribe Paddlers Club to kick off this month

By Staff | May 17, 2017

Join the Ocean Tribe Paddlers Club Tuesday, May 30 for its first outing. PHOTO PROVIDED

An opportunity to bring the paddling community together in a newly formed club will be offered at the end of the month by the Sanibel Sea School.

Outdoor Educator and SUP Coordinator Spencer Richardson said the Sanibel Sea School wanted to start an Ocean Tribe Paddlers Club to create a paddle sport community for Sanibel and Captiva.

“We really love paddle sports at Sanibel Sea School. We are all in love with kayaking, especially standup paddleboard and canoeing. We want something to have everybody come together and enjoy the ocean with us,” she said. “We thought a paddling club would be the best way to create a community on the island, so everyone has a chance to go out and have fun paddling.”

Richardson said she has found that a lot of people do not go out paddling because they do not have a partner to go with, or they might not know a lot of people that have kayaks, a standup paddleboard, or canoe on the island.

The club will meet once a month for either a group paddle in various areas, demo days where everyone can try different boards and get a feel of what they love of paddleboards and kayaks, as well as having talks with paddle sport professionals.

“We can have a little Q&A with some paddle professionals,” Richardson said.

The meetings will be planned around the weather. She said they hope to designate a day every month in the future.

The first club meeting, a welcome group paddle, will be held on Causeway Island A, the north side, Tuesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. Richardson said individuals can stop by and say hello, as well as bring their kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. If the weather is good, she said they will most likely take a short paddle around Fishermen’s Key.

Those who do not have a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe, can contact Richardson at spencer@sanibelseaschool.org, or call (239) 472-8585. She can bring some paddleboards for the first event for those who RSVP by email, or phone.

“It’s our welcome free event,” Richardson said.

In the near future, three different levels of memberships will be offered for the Ocean Tribe Paddlers Club. The lowest level will cover the cost of all the meetings for the year, as well as provide a club sticker for $25. The second level, $50, will include access to events, a club T-shirt and sticker. The third level, $75, will cover the costs of events for the year, a club T-shirt, sticker and 10 percent off Ocean Tribe Outfitters Shop, the gear shop at the Sanibel Sea School.

Richardson is in the process of planning some fun paddles for the near future.

“I really want to do a moonlight paddle in the summertime because our bay is so lit up with the moon and it’s just awesome,” Richardson said.

A holiday dress up paddle through the canals is also being considered.