Here at Ripple Effect Ecotours, we take great pride in the high quality of our tour locations, our guides, and our equipment. We strive to provide you with the best equipment available in terms of paddling efficiency and comfort. Whether you’ve never been in a kayak before, or you kayak often, you’ll find we have a unique experience like no other outfitter!
For our tours, we use Necky Looksha “T” tandem kayaks. These boats are the best in the business, with this same style used on multi-day expedition excursions. These 18-foot kayaks are designed to glide easily through the water and are equipped with a rudder steering system to allow for ease of coordination between paddling partners.
If you have mobility concerns, or are taller than 6’3″, we offer Old Town Dirigo tandem kayaks for our tours that have a more spacious and open cockpit. These kayaks are also equipped with a middle seat sized for a small child, making them perfect for family tours with younger kids.
Not only do tandem kayaks offer a more comfortable and less physical paddle during our tours, they also further our mission to promote environmental sustainability – reducing our environmental impact with less boats in the waterway.
We use Werner Skagit and Aquabound Stingray paddles. These lightweight paddles really help to lighten the load and make for hours of easy paddling enjoyment. They’re equipped with adjustable “drip-guards” to help protect your lap from water droplets while paddling.
Life Jackets-PFD’s (Personal Flotation Device)
Our MTI “APF”, All-Person-Fit life jackets are remarkably comfortable and breathable, even in the hot Florida sun. They are routinely washed and properly dried to keep them in good condition.