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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 )

___  pair of warm gloves

___ 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.

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

            Costco may have  inexpensive sets of gear for purchase. Fins are not allowed while snorkeling with Manatees, but you may bring for the Rainbow Run day                          although not really needed.

        Mask, snorkel and full wetsuits are included on our pontoon boat tours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On our kayaking/snorkeling days, we will provide      you with a Farmer Jane style wetsuit (full length  but  sleeveless)

        on Monday and Thursday, however  if you need a mask and snorkell gear,  you will need to rent them for these two days. We will make a stop for those who need to rent any gear .If you own a full wetsuit, we would suggest that you bring it along.

IMPORTANT UPDATES ON SNORKEL GEAR: We have recently learned about the  potential dangers in full face masks.  Apparently, in some models CO2 builds up inside the mask leading to blackouts, potentially fatal. Here are just a few articles regarding the dangers of full face masks: https://www.scubadoctor.com.au/snorkelling-full-face-mask-dangers.htm  With that said, Blue Water Ventures is banning the use  of full face masks while we snorkel in Florida   and on all of our snorkeling programs.   You may argue that you did your own research  and purchased the top of the line full face mask. However, we can not assume this risk nor ask our guides to shadow anyone  in the water who chooses to wear a full face mask.  Full face masks can not be used.


CORAL SAFE SUNSCREEN: Using  Coral Safe Sunscreens are important in freshwater systems as well.  There are many out there, some that claim to be safe but actually are not.  A  key ingredient to avoid is oxybenzone, harmful to marine life. Two brands that we personally like are: Raw Element and Stream2Sea, although there are other good brands on the market. Review this link for more details: Coral Safe.  We truly appreciate  your consideration  of coral safe sunscreen to help reduce our impact on the fragile aquatic ecosystem.



Fishing gear- compact                                 Waterprooof Camera our guides and clients like the Olympus Tough Waterproof Series or the Gopro great for wide angles

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     We have our new "BlueRag" headwear for purchase                

Paddling Gloves                                             

Inexpensive carabiners to attach items in 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 Mysterioso products.  


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