If you’ve never ventured into Florida’s waters in a kayak then you don’t know what you’re missing. Not only is this fun outdoor activity relatively easy for a range of folks, but it’s an excellent form of exercise. There are actually a variety of kayaks to choose from, depending on what purpose it will be used for.

Sea Kayaks • Touring Kayaks • Recreational Kayaks • Fishing Kayaks

The Pros of Paddling

One of the most obvious benefits of kayaking is directly related to your health. The American Council on Exercise has found that an individual that weights about 125 pounds will burn approximately 283 calories per hour while paddling a kayak. A heavier person, someone who weighs closer to 200 pounds, can burn as many as 454 calories from an hour of kayaking. Some additional benefits of kayaking include:

Easy storage and transportation • Minimal maintenance required

Environmentally friendly • Fishing access • Reduced stress • Family friendly • Affordable

Get Out on the Water

Discover the wonders of kayaking by paddling down one of Tampa Bay’s beautiful rivers or, if you’re up for more of a challenge, cruising along the Gulf. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or curious beginner, Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure will instruct you, outfit you, and guide you to ensure that you get the most out of your kayaking excursions. We even offer private instruction ranging from the introductory level to the advanced level.

We carry some of Florida’s finest kayaks, paddles, accessories, and apparel from brands like:

Native • Epic • Jackson • Old Town • Ocean Kayak • Carlisle • Werner • Yakima • Thule • Malone

At Bill Jackson’s we like to say every day is demo day, so stop in, check out our inventory of kayaks, talk to a staff member and we can put you on the lake behind the shop.  We charge a demo fee of $35 which is deducted from the purchase of a kayak.

From time to time, we offer trips that explore the many hidden treasures of aquatic Florida as well as provide a terrific way to meet and socialize with other paddlers.