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2019 Trip Dates | Spring Break | March 8-16

Get ready to kayak, snorkel, swim, and camp in the beautiful Florida Keys. This trip includes exploring near shore sea grass and soft coral environments by kayak with opportunities to snorkel directly off the boats. We will also do a boat/snorkel tour to an outer reef. Locations we will visit include Everglades National Park, the Lower Florida Keys and Bahia Honda State Park.

We will travel in 12-passenger vans with a maximum of 10 people in each van. The trip will depart on Friday, March 8th between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. We will camp in South Carolina on Friday and arrive at the first destination in Florida late evening on Saturday. The trip will return to WVU late on Saturday, March 16th.

Alcohol is not permitted during the trip due to safety and respect concerns.  Although showers are available at some sites, there will not be showers every day of the trip. 

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Trip Packet
Total Cost of Trip: $500

The cost includes: Camping fees, park entrance fees, transportation, trip gear, instructional fees, and food (road food dinners and 1 night at a restaurant is your responsibility).

(Extra money for eating out, road drinks, and souvenirs is recommended)

Florida Spring Break Trip 2019 - Important Dates To Be Determined

Date

Time

Location

Topic

 

02/17/19

6pm

ORC

Pre-trip Meeting #1: Introductions, gear list, itinerary, expectations, etc.

03/3/19

6pm

ORC

Pre-trip Meeting #2: Personal gear check, gear instruction, etc.

03/7/19

Morning to 6pm

ORC

Pack trailer/organize gear

03/8/19

 2-4pm

ORC

Depart for trip

03/16/19

Late

ORC

Return from trip

03/18/19

10am-5pm

ORC

Clean up group equipment

Turn in borrowed ORC personal gear

Participants must attend all meetings.  If a student misses a meeting, they must reschedule a time to get information from the Trip Leaders. If more than 1 meeting is missed, the participant's spot will be forfeited and they will not be reimbursed. 

Florida Spring Break Trip Itinerary

Day

Date

Daily Itinerary

0

03/7

Gear to ORC – Pack vans

1

03/8

Depart from WV, camp in SC

2

03/9

Drive and arrive in Fl.,    Everglades. CG

3

03/10

Everglades Hike and Kayak Basics, Camp Sawyer

4

03/11

Kayak in the Keys, Camp Sawyer

5

03/12

Kayak in the Kays,   Camp Sawyer

6

03/13

Snorkel Tour, Camp Sawyer

7

03/14

Drive to Gemini Springs

8

03/15

Blue Springs, Gemini CG

9

03/16

Depart and Return to WVU


** Schedule is subject to change **

Locations:

https://fla-keys.com/lower-keys/

http://bahiahondapark.com/

https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park


Equipment

Due to the ever-changing weather and the variety of environments we will be traveling through, we must require everyone have certain equipment.  This is personal equipment that we  cannot supply.  One of the trip leaders must inspect it before the trip.  There is a specific list of gear attached to this packet.

Philosophy

The Outdoor Recreation trips program is focused on getting people outside to explore new places, gain skills, meet new people, and have fun.  Skills and safety instruction are an integral part of every trip so that risks can be decreased and participants can participate actively in the trip and can go on their own trips in the future.  Trips are offered to give WVU students, faculty, staff and their families a chance to gain experience in a variety of outdoor activities while exploring beautiful environments.

Risks

The staff at the WVU ORC is proud of their attention to risk management; however, we acknowledge that outdoor recreation/adventure activities have inherent risks associated with them.  We make every effort to mitigate these risks, however we cannot ensure participant safety or eliminate all risks.

Previous Experience

Experience in outdoor setting is not required.  All activities require low to medium physical ability and are beginner friendly.  No experience is necessary, although participants should expect to work at gaining proper skills for the activity.

Pre-trip Meetings

We are going to have a series of pre-trip meetings where we will discuss the skills and equipment needed in the outdoors.    The pre-trip meetings are mandatory for all participants.   This is to ensure that everyone is prepared.

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