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Mangroves & Manatees - Spring Break Adventure in Florida

Explore and surf this beautiful part of Florida and protected coastal area from stand up paddleboards. Explore the famous Sebastian Inlet from a stand up paddleboard; Watch manatees swim under you.

Date
Saturday thru Friday, March 16th thru March 23rd

Experience
Must be comfortable in the water. Some stand up paddleboarding experience recommended.

Register By
5:30pm Friday March 8th

Cost
$309. Includes food, instruction, equipment, camping, and transportation (excludes meals while traveling)

Location
Northern Florida, Atlantic Ocean side. Space Coast area

Details

Pre-trip Meeting:
There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting Tuesday, March 12th at 5:30 p.m. for an hour to discuss equipment, food, logistics, answer questions, and meet your new friends.

Explore coastal Florida beaches

Paddleboard through mangroves to see manatees and dolphins. Try out surfing on famous FL breaks.

“Do you see them!? Did you see that!?” Kelly exclaims, nearly jumping up and down on her standup paddle board. “There are 2 manatees over there! I’ve never seen them before. That’s so cool.”

Your group gathers up, cameras out, quieting down to watch them float gracefully around you.

“This is, like, the coolest thing ever,” says James quietly, watching a baby nurse underneath its mom. The water is crystal clear, flowing out of Blue Spring, one of the many springs Florida is famous for.

After spending the morning watching manatees from your paddleboard (SUP), your afternoon is spent learning to catch waves on a traditional surfboard.

As the sun sets over land, you carry your board through the dunes, heading back to camp, ready to chow down and rest.

Tomorrow is an early morning beach yoga season, and for those that want it, another surf session with knee high waves, perfect for more surf. The afternoon, paddling through mangroves, watching all the neo-tropical birds

Who doesn’t want to go to the beach for spring break? The sun. The sand. The stand up surfing. The manatee (and dolphin) watching.

You’ll lounge on the beach some, but this spring break trip isn’t just about hanging out on a white sand beach.

Camp in a beautiful Florida coastal forest, explore the salty estuary on your paddleboard and learn to surf in the Atlantic Ocean.

Nights are spent under the stars, cooking (with help from Trey, & Josh) the best meals you’ve had all semester. After dinner, curl up with hot chocolate around the campfire before crawling to your tent, dreaming of more.

Our full-time professional staff member (Trey) and our GA (Josh) will teach you everything you want to know about stand up paddleboarding (SUP), surfing, and camping.

This spring break trip gets you out to explore, play, and relax in the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River – warm water and air temperatures await.

Saturday, March 23 at 8:00am

Florida

Event Type

Sports & Recreation

Topic

Health & Wellness, Student Life & Traditions

Audience

Current Students, Faculty & Staff

Tags

spring term, Adventure Trips, Break Trips

Website

https://connect.recsports.utk.edu/Pro...

Cost

$309. Includes food, instruction, equipment, camping, and transportation (excludes meals while traveling)

Department

Recreational Sports (RecSports)

Contact Name

Trey Knight

Contact Email

utop@utk.edu

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