How to find a kayaker?

I was thinking there would be some posts about this already so,apologies if a thread already exists. How does one find a kayaker for a swim in Florida? The new organizers of the Alligator Lighthouse haven't responded to my question so I thought I would be proactive about start a local Keys search. Of course, living in California, I need some help. Does anyone have any suggestions? It would be cool if there was a Craig's lost chat road for Kayaker's, but I couldn't find anything just yet. Thanks.


  • NikkiNikki Member

    I should note that I'm willing to cover costs and pay the kayaker to make it worth their while.

  • EllisEllis Baltimore, MarylandMember

    I needed a kayak/pilot for this year's Swim Around Lido Key and asked for help on my college alumni web page. Turns out two classmates who lived in the area volunteered, guys I have not seen for over 40 years.

  • swimrn62swimrn62 NY, NYMember

    Ellis, see you there!

    If the organizers can't help, and Ellis's idea doesn't pan out, you can try local kayak shops or clubs. Google Islamadora and Kayak and you'll find at least one local shop. There may be local FB pages for the area. You can also try Virginia Key Outdoor Center, they have a very active kayak community and may be able to help.

  • msathletemsathlete Victoria, British Colubia, CanadaGuest

    I have always been quite lucking with paddlers as I am also part of the paddling community. @nikki one thing you might want to try is reaching out to the local kayak or canoe club. there are usually people with lots of water experience and the fitness level who are interested in helping out with swims. California has a number of outrigger clubs as well. They may also be a great source. Good luck!

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    You could also try a local Scout troop or Explorers/Venturers group. Often times those young people need volunteer hours and would probably really enjoy kayaking for a marathon swimmer!

    Please join the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation on FB!

  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member

    Contact @RonCollins He may be able to help.

    Otherwise, I may be up for a trip to Florida! :-c

  • NikkiNikki Member

    @Ellis @DanSimonelli @IronMike @msathlete @swimrn62 Lots of great suggestions all around. Since I'm in Cali and the swim is in FL, the canoe club or boy scout troop in the local vicinity may be the way to go. Thanks for the creative suggestions.

  • NikkiNikki Member

    @DanSimonelli Great suggestion to contact Ron Collins. I just checked him out and see his connection to swimming in FL. Think I will start there and then move onto the local canoe club. Thanks again.

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