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Packing List: Florida Springs

___  3-4 T-Shirts                                                                                                         

___  2-3 Pairs of shorts (quick dry work well .i.e. nylon)

___  2 Pair of  long pants ( 1 med rated fleece, 1 pair of  sweat pants or nylon quick dry)

___  1 Bathing suit

___  Rain  gear -jacket  with rain pants or poncho (durable, coated plastic OK such as the style you  can buy at outdoor stores that are not expensive )

___  2 Fleece, capilene or wool sweater - medium rated

___  1 pair of long underwear (top (needed)  and bottom (optional)  fleece, silk or capilene)

___  1 Windbreaker or jacket ( or you can use your rain gear jacket as wind breaker).

___  Causal clothes for our dinners out

___  1 warm hat  (i.e. fleece ski cap )

___ 1 Pair of old tennis shoes, Aqua socks/ surf bootys or sandals with a back strap for support -- any style is fine but they will get wet; we don't          recommend crocs as they offer little support; We do recommend Keens (such as the Newport H2) for toe protection, Some fins require that bootys are worn with          them;  please call  if you have any questions about this or consult a dive shop

___ 2 Pairs of  socks --at least one  non cotton and warm. 

___  1 Ball cap or lightweight hat to shade face & ears

___  Underwear

___  Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, lotions,  medications, etc.)

___  Sunscreen ( at least 20 strength)  & chapstick with sunscreen

___  Sunglasses with leash (UV protection)

___  Insect repellent, small amount

___  1 water bottle ( disposable water bottles are not permitted on the Juniper Spring Canoe Run so please bring a Nalgene, Sig or equivalent)

___  2 garbage bags for wet items or waterproofing

____1 Day pack or small duffel -Lined on the inside with a garbage bag- for carrying misc. gear while boating or a dry bag (see below)

___  Mask fins & snorkel - check with a local dive shop for proper fit; these can  also be rented at Crystal River ( per day rentals: $8 mask/snorkel, $5 fins)

                        Costco may have  inexpensive sets of gear for purchase.

___  Full Wetsuit or can be rented in Crystal River for $12 per day. We will provide  each of you with a farmer jane style wetsuit (full length  but  sleeveless). You may also bring your own wetsuit. Most women prefer a full wetsuit but many are comfortable  with only a Farmer Jane style wetsuit combined with Mysterioso or lightweight fleece worn underneath. Crystal River  water  temperature is 72 degrees year round.




Fishing gear- compact                                 Waterprooof Camera our guides and clients like the Olympus Tough Waterproof Series

Binoculars                                                     Mesh dive bag

Ear plugs                                                       Waterproof watch                                          

1-2 Sarongs                                                   Your favorite snack and/or adult beverage-we can  resupply along the way

Bandana or Buff head wear                        Compact folded camp chair--i.e. Crazy Creek  for back support while canoeing

Paddling Gloves                                             

Inexpensive carabiners to attach items in canoe/kayak 

Dry bags- or we have some for the group to share

Extra Camera batteries, memory card/charger

Tip for your Blue Water Ventures assistant guide-to be pooled at end of trip


1 Rash Guard -can be worn under your wetsuit for added comfort; found at surf or kayak shops. We like Mystererioso products.

If you chill easily you may want to bring a full wetsuit and/or or a top/bottom combination of Mysterioso found at most kayak shops; Mysterioso products may be purchased online at Kayak Conection in Santa Cruz (831-479-1121).



Please keep in mind that  our rental van will have limited space for luggage. Depending upon the final count, we may have a second vehicle for luggage however, pack light if possible. Our dinners out will be very causal.

Suggested Reading List: Florida Springs


The West Indian Manatee in Florida--produced by Florida Power and Light Co

Manatees and Dugongs of the World-- Jeff Ripple

Peterson’s Guide to Eastern Birds--

Birds of Florida (Smithsonian Handouts)-- Fred J. Alsop

The Marine Biology Coloring Book-- Thomas M. Niesen



The Yearling-- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Juan Ponce De Leon and the Spanish Discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida--

Robert H. Fuson