Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding at Bowditch Point, Fort Myers Beach

In Fort Myers, we discovered a special kind of recreational activity—paddleboarding. Paddleboarders kneel or stand on a wide surfboard and move forward using a kayak paddle.

Until recently, I only knew paddleboarding as a popular workout for starlets featured in glossy magazines, and all of a sudden it was my turn to gracefully move through the waters using a paddleboard.

Our friendly motel concierge recommended that we contact Lauren Sheppard, owner of paddleboardSWFL.com. Lauren offers introductory paddleboard tours in Fort Myers beach that last between one and one and a half hours.

Since our motel was located in Fort Myers Beach, we decided to take a paddleboarding tour around Bowditch Point. When we arrived at the parking lot, Lauren was already expecting us, boards at the ready.

First, she gave us a 10-minute introduction:

  • How to get on the board
  • How to paddle
  • How to turn
  • How to keep your balance and stay on the board

After a couple of shaky attempts at standing up on and falling from the board (make sure your headgear and sunglasses are securely fastened, or they will be gone), we were ready to give it a try.

We paddled from the beach toward the open sea, around Bowditch Point almost all the way to the bridge and back. It really is a very unique experience, because you have a better overview of your surroundings than you do when using a kayak and the paddles hardly make a sound.

We spotted two dolphins 13 to 15 feet (4 to 5m) from us. Lauren also pointed out a shadow moving just a few feet away—a manatee was silently swimming by.

Unfortunately, the one and a half hours were over all too soon, but it certainly wasn't our last time paddleboarding!

Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida - Impressions

Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Contact:

Paddleboarding at Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Lauren Sheppard Paddleboard
SWFL Phone: (239) 826-2676

E-Mail: paddleboardSWFL(at)gmail.com
Website: www.paddleboardswfl.com