Posts Tagged ‘Lee County Paddling Trail’

imperial-river-boat-ramp-jeff-fabiszewski-sean-fitzgibbon-sweetwater-kayaksIts official November 1 – 3, 2013 Sean Fitzgibbon and Jeff Fabiszewski are guest speakers at the 2013 Calusa Blueways Paddling Festival.  The teaching line up is: Cutting Through the Hype, Thru-Paddling the Calusa Blueway, Practical First Aid, and Risk Management For All Paddlers. Join Sean, Jeff, and other notable coaches in Fort Myers-Sanibel for a rocking good time. http://www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com/

calusa blueway logoActivities are planned throughout Lee County from Friday through Sunday.  Come try a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard for free courtesy of Florida Paddle Sports and Gulf Coast Kayak, which are offering kayak and paddleboard demos and lessons. Food will be served noon to 2:30 p.m. It’s free to attend; food tickets available for purchase at event.  Evening events are at the Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel. Join with fellow travelers as we gather both evenings for a full evening of sharing paddling stories, networking, reviewing trail maps, drinks & dinner, live music, and “meet the authors” special programming from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  You’ll find the most demos, instruction and speakers on the Sanibel Causeway.

  • Friday November 1st
    • 2:00 to 3:00pm Cutting Through the Hype, on the Sanibel Causeway
    • 4:00 to 5:00pm Risk Management For All Paddlers, on the Sanibel Causeway
  • Saturday November 2nd
    • 10:00 to 11:00am Thru-Paddling the Calusa Blueway, on the Sanibel Causeway
    • 1:30 to 2:45pm Practical First Aid, on the water
  • Sunday November 3rd
    • 1:30 to 2:15pm Practical First Aid, on the water
  • Cutting Through the Hype: A boat, paddle, and PFD will get a kayaker started.  But there are other gear, materials, designs, and gadgetry; how does one decide what to buy, what/when to use, and what to wear when kayaking?!  This is a great opportunity to understand products: their development, the slick marketing, and the practical financial function.
  • Risk Management For All Paddlers: This session provides people with a lens to help identify and manage risk on and off the water.  The best safety is identifying problems before they happen.  The second best safety action is how to react when problems occur.
  • Thru-Paddling the Calusa Blueway: Tampa Bay, Fla.-area paddlers Sean Fitzgibbon and Jeff Fabiszewski, aka “Team Sweetwater,” departed on Oct. 19 for a 12-day, 190-mile paddle along the southwest coast of Florida, following the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. The pair did the trip to raise awareness and funds for the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail — one of the best marked paddling routes in the world — as well as for the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island.
  • Practical First Aid: Minimal preparation prevents massive maintenance.  This intro on the water class provides commonsense tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions after a health problem occurs.  The demonstrations combined with realistic scenarios and mock patients are the next step in learning how to react.

Raatatatat-Rata-Tatat-Ratatat-Ratatatat-Tatatatat-Ratatatat-Tatatatat-Tatatatatat- (drum roll) – Jeff & Sean are proud to announce an upcoming 2 week paddling expedition to the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail in Lee County, Florida. The trail consists of 190 miles of marked and unmarked canoe/kayak trails located in semi-tropical southwest Florida along the Gulf Coast. Our trip will take us through inland freshwater tributaries, moving down river to a brackish water tidal zone, then out through salt marshes and along mangrove forest lined coasts, on to a fishing village/major watercraft pass. Out to open saltwater and some offshore islands. Along the way we will go through a state aquatic marine preserve, a couple state parks, a national wildlife refuge, a state park preserve, and a few county and regional parks. Then back into fresh water and up a different river to our ending takeout spot.

The trip will take place in September 2011 from the 19th through the 30th, with Oct 1 & 2 as extra paddling/weather days if needed. We will be doing an upcoming series of posts about the expedition and hope our readers will stay tuned as things fall into place and the paddling begins. We have waited on releasing this news due to the fact that there are some really cool things happening behind the scenes: 1. Such as we might have a very well respected paddler & coach possibly joining us for some of the paddle! 2. We might get to tie this into something much bigger- i.e. a teaching opportunity! 3. There just might be a “GOOD” story to come out of all this & MORE!!  DEFINITELY CHECK BACK SOON- for further developments!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff & I will release the first post in the series: Tribal Tides- “Whats a Calusa?” on Wednesday 06/22/11. This post will discuss what and who the Calusa were & why Jeff & I feel so passionate about paddling in their waters. Oh, and how we came to choosing this as our next long distance paddling expedition.

For a little teaser of what the series will cover please check out the previous expedition series: Expedition Planning- there should be 6 posts about the Suwannee River Expedition we did Christmas time of 2009.  Just check under Expeditions or Suwannee River in the side bar categories on the right!

Thanks for reading and following along,

Jeff & Sean