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Manatees & Mangroves – Spring Break – Explore Coastal Florida Beaches

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Sat, Mar. 10 - Fri, Mar. 16
All Day

Location
Sebastian Inlet, FL

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Register for Manatees & Mangroves

Cost:  $309

Registration Deadline:  Fri. March 2nd.
Explore coastal Florida beaches

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

Experience
Must be comfortable in the water. Some stand up paddleboarding experience recommended but not required.

Description

“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 and standup paddleboard surf.

As the sun sets over land, you carry your SUP 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 SUP 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 stand up paddleboard surf at the famous Florida beach break of Sebastian Beach Inlet.


Nights are spent under the stars, cooking (with help from Trey and Melanie) 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 (Melanie) will teach you everything you want to know about stand up paddleboarding (SUP), 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.

Pre-trip Meeting
There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting Tuesday, Feb 27th at 5:30pm for an hour to discuss equipment, food, logistics, answer questions, and meet your new friends.


This trip is for you if you:
want a change of scenery.
love to explore a coastal ecosystem in its natural, undeveloped state.
have wanted learn how to SUP surf

This trip is not for you if:
are not able to swim or tread water.
want to spend all your time tanning on the beach or swimming in the ocean

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Have a question?
Call us at 865-974-9749 during business hours, email utop@utk.edu, or send us a PM on our Facebook Page.

How to register for a trip
sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area or . You can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card, .

What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction, On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.

Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.

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