Paddle Boarding – The Perfect Family Activity

Mom and daughters paddleboarding in the calm waters

Summertime is family time and what better way to enjoy it than on the water? Paddle boarding tops the list of the many fun ways families can enjoy the water together, while learning a new sport that everyone from eight to eighty can participate in.

Paddleboards are designed for flat water, which Southwest Florida has in abundance, and are easy to master with very little difficulty. A person does not have to be an Olympic athlete, or even a grown up, to learn the basics. Lessons with an experienced instructor are highly recommended to become skilled in paddle technique and safety.

Kids as young as eight-years-old can learn to paddle using equipment sized for them. It’s important to take the size and weight of the child into consideration when deciding whether or not it is appropriate for them to paddle their own board. A child who is less than 60 pounds, no matter how strong, might find it difficult to paddle into even the gentlest breeze. However, small children can easily ride on a properly sized board with an adult and have just as much fun as those paddling on their own.

Yoloboard Adventures Sanibel offers lessons tailor-made for families who want to enjoy the water together. Skilled instructors take paddlers through a ground and water lesson on a beautiful backwater trail beginning at Port Sanibel Marina in Fort Myers.

The trail is made up of dozens of mangrove islands that dot a shallow estuary system teaming with wildlife, including manatees, bald eagles, osprey, dolphins and more. Families can easily navigate the trail using a map and simple instructions provided by Yoloboard Adventures Sanibel’s instructors.

The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, with its numerous backwater estuary systems and miles of pristine beaches, offers numerous sites that are perfect for families and beginners looking for calm, safe flat-water paddling. Some even offer additional options for energetic paddlers such as picnic areas, hiking trails, shelling and bike paths.

Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel boasts a safe launching spot that is located at the start of a 1.5-mile-long bayou leading to a pristine, deserted beach. Bowman’s also has parking, hiking and biking trails, shelling, picnic areas, showers, changing booths and bathrooms.

Lovers Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach, with access to The Gulf of Mexico as well as the Estero Bay and its estuary systems, is another perfect spot for families. Paddleboard and kayak rentals are available on site along with parking, nature trails, bike paths, picnic facilities, bathrooms, showers and a beautiful beach.

Bunche Beach Preserve in Fort Myers has a launch site where paddlers can experience a quiet backwater that leads to San Carlos Bay. The beach there is lovely as well and is a favorite spot for picnics or just relaxing.

These are just a few of many spots on The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel to paddle. For more information about paddle boarding options for families, please call Yoloboard Adventures Sanibel at 239-249-4701 or visit our website at

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