Only a small group is on hand for the first day of Kayaking 101, an introductory class to the popular recreational activity that is held on weekends throughout the summer at Naval Live Oaks.
The threat of rain has held off and sunshine is pushing through the clouds. There is a light breeze and the water on the Santa Rosa Sound is about as calm and clear as it can be.
The instructors start by discussing safety. Lifejackets and whistles are passed out. A float plan is even called in to local law enforcement.
This is the third year the program has taken place, most of it funded through grants. Supervisory Park Ranger Sandra Tennyson said it’s a class that makes particular sense for this park, considering that more than 80 percent of Gulf Islands National Seashore is covered in water.
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