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TBE to offer SUP clinic to mark refuge’s anniversary

By Staff | Oct 31, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED A fleet of paddleboarders enjoy a cruise on the Tarpon Bay.

Tarpon Bay Explorers, the recreational concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, will host a free standup paddleboard clinic on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Instructors will teach paddling basics to novices and can help refine skills for more experienced paddlers. The clinic will be conducted on a first-come, first serve basis.

“Paddleboarding is a great way to experience the refuge and wildlife that loves inhabiting it,” Wendy Schnapp, general manager and part-owner of TBE, said. “It is a versatile sport that people of all ages can enjoy, while minimizing impact to the environment. Paddlers can look underneath the surface with a bird’s eye view and see schools of fish or a manatee and then look up to see a squadron of pelicans fly over.”

TBE provides educational and recreational activities, as well as operates a gift shop.

For more information, visit www.tarponbayexplorers.com or call 239-472-8900.

PHOTO PROVIDED Tarpon Bay Explorers SUP instructors Charlie Frese and Wendy Schapp.

Tarpon Bay Explorers is at 900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel.