Paddling Tip of the Week
If you are approached by an alligator, make a loud noise to scare it away. You can hit your paddle against the side of your vessel, blow the whistle on your PFD, or even consider keeping an air horn on board. Some paddlers carry a rubber mallet with them to thump the bottom of their kayak when entering alligator habitat. We also recommend keeping your hands, feet and pets inside your vessel while paddling in these areas. The weekly paddling tip is provided by the Ocean Tribe Paddling Club, which is affiliated with the Sanibel Sea School. For more information, visit oceantribepaddlers.org.