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Where is Sea Dog Paddle Boarding Today In The Fort Myers Area?

We are open by reservation for advanced beginner to intermediate paddle boarding adventures and are recovering from Hurricane Ian. We hope to open soon for beginner and newbie paddle boarding experience at one of our beach launch sites! To help us get through please Shop for #FMBStrong and Sea Dog Sun Shirts in the Sea Dog Online Store . At Sea Dog we offer small size personalized Paddle Board Tours & SUP Lessons and meet up by reservation ~ Our Office is wherever we are Paddle Boarding from Fort Myers Beach to Bonita Springs.

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Hurricane Ian Update: My husband James and I evacuated our home, which many of you know is our boat, SpiritHawk, 40 miles up the Caloosahatchee River to LaBelle. We road out the storm with little damage and a few good stories. Some of our paddle boards and equipment stored at The Matanzas Inn were lost; other parts of our fleet survived 9’ of water in our storage trailer which is located 2 miles inland. Thank goodness paddle boards are made for the water. Not so positive results for our personal belongings and tools, however it is just stuff. We can get new stuff and we have the memories. Our prayers go out to the people who lost so much more in this disaster, their boats, their homes, their lives and their belongings. — Be well, Mahalo, Sheree. 🐬🏝

January Ian Update: The water conditions are safe again! We have a launch location for a few select tours for customers who have paddled with us before. However, our launch location at Matanzas Inn is closed as are the Lee County Parks at Bowditch Beach, Dog Beach and Bunche Beach Fort Myers Beach are still closed. Are you looking for a paddle board business opportunity after the rebuild of Fort Myers Beach especially when Margaritaville opens? Sea Dog may have a business opportunity available for someone looking to purchase or to partner with us as an independent paddle board instructor and tour guide. Contact Sheree at 231-335-7278.

In the meantime you can follow our sailing adventure blog Sailing SpiritHawk into the Emerald Blue at www.IntoTheEmeraldBlue.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @intotheemeraldblue. We will be posting our Patreon soon.

Paddle Boarding Adventures Fort Myers Beach & Bonita Springs Dog Beach

Paddle Boarding is a great way to enjoy nature and an easy way to maintain social distancing, since keeping a distance between boards makes it much easier to paddle! Tours and lessons are usually just for you and your family and friends or semi-private where a plus one is possible to add to tour that already has paddlers scheduled. Looking for Paddle Boarding Near Me in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs? Use our Book Now button to view tour options with photos and then book online. If you have questions call owner, guide and instructor Sheree at 231-335-7278 (Yes 231, not 239 (She uses her Michigan cell #)

Please note we do not have a storefront and that prior to Hurricane Ian we met up with you by reservation only at one of our 3 launch locations The Matanzas Inn, Bowditch Point Beach Park on Fort Myers Beach and on Lovers Key at Lee County Dog Beach and New Pass !🐶 @ 2023 looks like all of our tours will be starting at Dog Beach once it opens with a few select trips available on the local rivers. Call Sheree for availability and more information about the river tours.

Click on the book now button to check availability. We may close the schedule based on weather, owner vacations and private training days. If you see “Call to Book” in our schedule it is usually because availability may vary based on weather, scheduled tours and lessons. If we know a day might be iffy for paddling we would rather not take payments that we might have to return so we change it to call to book so that we can plan each tour based on current conditions. We often will hold a date for you so please do not hesitate to call and inquire if you see the call to book on a time slot you are interested in.

🐬 All of our tours start with a short paddle lesson on land which helps you be more successful paddling and working with tides which you don’t experience if you have been paddling on lakes and rivers 🙂 We will go over paddle technique and tips appropriate for you or your group from beginner to advanced. Next you learn how to get on the board safely, how to get back on if you do fall off and how to stand up on the board. We practice turns, stopping and paddling forward efficiently. Once everyone is comfortable on the boards we paddle out to the sand bar and shallows, harbor, beach or mangrove areas where the water is clear and we can explore. You may see sea creatures like Dolphins, live shells, marine birds, fish, turtles and sometimes the elusive manatee.

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Click on the book now button to book or browse our tours.

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Stand Up Paddle Board Tours, Classes & Training

Dolphins, Live Shells to Learn About, Manatees, Pelicans and Dogs Oh My!

We specialize in introducing people to paddle boarding as well as coaching intermediate to advanced paddle boarders. All of our Fort Myers Beach area paddle board trips, lessons and adventures can be customized to meet your abilities, vacation needs, the tides (something to learn about since you won’t have experienced tidal currents on lakes and rivers) and the weather. The best days to paddle are when the wind is calm or ranging from 6mph up to  13 mph allowing for gusts from 14 – 22.  Over 22 MPH gust days we will be closed and reschedule  your tour or arrange for gift certificate.  Please take a look at the predicted weather when you are choosing a day for your tour. We suggest choosing a day to paddle earlier in your vacation so that we can reschedule if needed to accommodate the weather. All bookings paid for online, in advance, as we cannot take cash or reservations at the park locations. 

You may choose from a variety of stand up paddle board adventures, eco tours, lessons and instruction in the Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island, Lovers Key, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Pine Island Areas. Owner and Paddle Board Coach Sheree Lincoln is double certified to teach paddle boarding. She is a World Paddle Association Certified Level II Instructor Trainer (This means she certifies other instructors to teach paddle boarding) and is a a PaddleFit Pro Coach. Questions, please text or call Sheree on her Google Voice Reservation Line at 231-335-7278. Yes, it is 231, not 239…kept Michigan mobile number 🙂

All our tours include a basic lesson or intermediate to advanced technique tips. We will search for sea creatures, paddle, swim if you like and explore. Our most popular tours are the FUN in THE SUN Tip of the Island Tour at Bowditch Point On Estero Island (FMB) and the Lovers Key Dog Beach Tour.  The Dog Beach guided paddle at the Lee County Bonita Springs Dog Beach can be enjoyed with or without your dog!

We Offer Personal and Customized Stand Up Paddle Board Tours, Lessons and Training in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs

The Book Now Button will let you book or browse Paddle Boarding tours and lessons #1 thru #5 online.

Below is a list that includes other custom tours we can plan for your Paddle Board adventure experience. Book Tours 1 – 5 online now or please call or message Sheree to plan any of the other adventures, to adjust tour size to match your group and plan for youth paddlers for appropriate board and paddle size. You may also purchase gift cards!

    1. Weeki Watchi  Paddle Board Retreat and Workshop: coming in March! We are planning a 2 night 2 day paddle boarding adventure on the beautiful Week Watchi River. This beautiful clear freshwater river has lots of fish, wilderness and wildlife including manatees!  Call Sheree for Dates and Deets! 231-335-7278.
    2. Coming Back Soon!!! Lover’s Key & Dog Beach Paddle: Newbie, Beginner to Advanced Paddlers. 1 1/2 Hour $65 or 2 Hour $85 Tour of Estero Bay Preserve Gulf Inlet launching from Dog Beach on Southern tip of Lover’s Key just before New Pass Bridge. We launch from a small sandy beach down the same trail you take to Dog Beach. Friday and Saturday’s. This is a dog friendly tour. Please let us know in advance if you wish to bring your dog.* Your dog will need to be wearing a harness or life vest with a lift handle on top to help them get on the boards  and to protect the inflatable paddle boards from the dogs toenails. *
    3. SUP Yoga (Intro to SUP Lesson as needed) or QiGong:  SUP Yoga Flow & QiGong  session with paddle warm up to get to our beautiful class location site among the sand bars and mangrove islands. 1 hour adventure.  Choose Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga or Qigong. We can also do some of both.  Qigong, pronounced “chi gong,”  began thousands of years ago as part of traditional Chinese medicine. It uses gentle and smooth movements to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit for improved  health, well-being and promotes relaxation.  Qigong has both psychological and physical benefits and utilizing the regulation of the mind, breath, and body’s movement and posture.
      This tour is set on a  nearly private sand bar area launching from Dog Beach and is available from 1:00 to 2:00pm. Minimum 2 people – Maximum 10 people. $50 per person. Once 2 people minimum is booked you may add in with your own boards for $25 per person.  Available as soon as Dog Beach opens. 
    4. Private Sessions  for couples BFF’s, couples and One-One Paddle Board Session, Lessons, Coaching & Instruction $100 per person.  Call 231-335-7278 to set a Date.
    5. Get Certified to teach paddle boarding!  This class includes Zoom and at home book training with a minimum of 5 hours of on the water training.  $295 for semi private – $395 for 1 person private class.  $695 for private 3 day certification and training on how to run successful tours and SUP business.  Give Sheree a call for available dates at 231-335-7278! This class includes the World Paddle Association Level I Certification and the required water time.  
    6. AirBnB Paddle Board Mangroves & Dog Beach 3 Hour Tour – Newbie, Beginner to Advanced Paddlers. Book on AirBNB only. $115. Visit AirBNB to book a 3 Hour Tour; an AirBNB Exclusive Experience. Picnic available by request.
    7. Paddle & Explore Natural Beach Preserve. Launch from beach at Bunche Beach Preserve. Explore the shoreline, tide pools and mangrove tunnels. 1 1/2 Hour $65 and 2 Hour $85 includes $5 park launch fee. Currently unavailable due to Hurricane Ian.
    8. FUN in THE SUN Tip of the Island Paddle – Newbie, Beginner to Advanced Paddlers. 1  1/2 Hour session ($65 Per Paddler 2 to 6 people) or the 2  Hour session (Per Paddler $85 good for larger groups up to 10) Paddle board tour with lesson launching on the back bay beach at Bowditch Point Beach Park on the North end of Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach (just past the Pink Shell Resort). Currently unavailable due to Hurricane Ian.
    9. 8AM FUN in THE SUN $30 Savings on Tip of The Island Paddle 1 1/2 hour tour – Beginner to Advanced Paddlers. $50 per person when booking 2 people. $75 per person for a single Paddler. Not available August – September. Currently unavailable due to Hurricane Ian.
    10. FMB Inner Harbor Tour – Advanced Beginner to Advanced. Dock launch from Canal by Matanzas Inn then paddle out to explore inner harbor including the sand bar, shrimp boats and yachts at anchor south of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. $65 Currently unavailable due to Hurricane Ian.
    11. Paddle Board Adventures & Instruction at your private Dock or Beach:* Available in Fort Myers Beach $100 and Bonita Springs. $125. During off season available in Cape Coral and Fort Myers (Not possible during high season due to FMB Bridge Traffic.
    12. Pontoon Boat Charter with Paddle Boarding San Carlos Bay 2 to 4 hours with 2 to 4 boards for up to 5 people. $250-425 with FMB Beautiful and Captain Kelly.
    13. Lesson with Board rented from other Water Sports Company Add On a Lesson on Fort Myers Beach. $50 semi private 1 hour. $100 for 2 Hour Private Session
    14. PaddleFit Conditioning Classes & Cardio Work Out on Paddle Boards: 1 hour. Price depends on size of the group, location and if you have your own boards or not. $25-$50.
    15. PaddleFit Challenge: Try your hand in a friendly competition by paddling 50 meters around a marker including mountain climbers, crunches, bear crawls and more cardio activities both on the board and on the beach. Price depends on size of the group, location and if you have your own boards or not. Book any tour and request the PaddleFit Challenge.
    16. Race Training: Advance your paddle technique for racing: I am certified teach the techniques you need to win. I have placed in top 3 twice in 50 and over 3-1 /2 Harbor Classic at the Carolina Cup (14 out of 85) and 2nd in a Sunshine Series 3 mile and at the in top 3 at the Battle of the Blueway. Private Training $100 for 2 hours.
    17. Custom Paddle Board Adventure Available. Give Sheree and call to make a plan.

About Our Team

Sheree Lincoln is a PaddleFit Pro SUP Coach and a World Paddle Association, Level II Trainer and Instructor from Michigan  who moved to Fort Myers Beach in 2018 to live on a sailboat, teach paddle boarding, guide tours and coach Special Olympics Paddle Boarders.  She grew up sailing and has navigated the entire Intercoastal Waterway many times.  Take a guided Stand Up Paddle Board Eco Tour with PaddleFit Pro Coach Sheree Lincoln with confidence.

Kim Hedges is a World Paddle Association, Level I Instructor, Track Coach and an 8th Grade Science Teacher here in Florida. Kim helps guide paddle board tours during the summer and weekends through out the year.

Cindy Gibson joins us in 2023. Cindy is an avid paddle board racer and is a World Paddle Association Level 1 Instructor. Cindy lives in Bonita Springs and will be offering Sunset Tours in Bonita and at Dog Beach once the park reopens.

James Reed is Sheree’s husband and a 4th generation ShipWright (Boat Builder) and Artist. He is Native Alaskan and comes from a canoe culture. James is a World Paddle Association Level 1  Instructor.

WPA Instructor Adrian Komaromi is also on our team.  Adrian is a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, a certified diver and an avid fisherman.

Read more about Sheree, Kim, Cindy, James and Adrian on About Your Guides – click here.

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Contact

Sea Dog Eco Tours

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Sheree Lincoln ~ Owner
WPA Level 2 Instructor/Trainer
Certified PaddleFit Pro Coach CPR/AED
Reservations: *231-335-7278

*Yes 231, not 239 (I am from Michigan…)

Website: www.shereelincoln.com

Book now!

Sea Dog Eco Tours Locations

Most Tours Launch from Matanzas on the Bay.  We also meet up at Dog Beach on southern tip of Lovers Key, at Bowditch Point Park at the northern tip of the island or at your own dock (for private lessons). You can also book through AirBNB for our Paddle Picnic & Play Tour.

Sea Dog Eco Tours at Matanzas Inn  Meet Up by Reservation Only
414 Crescent St
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Days of Operation
In Winter Season
Starting January 31st Open 6 Days a week**
Day closed depends on scheduled tours & weather – usually Tuesday or Wednesday. If winds are solid at 16 to 20+ we will close tours for the day. If winds are 4 to 15 with gusts 16 to 22 we may adjust paddle location to be in lee of the islands out of the wind.

We Meet Up By Reservation Only – Online Booking Only Our Office is Wherever We Are Paddling

Matanzas Location: Take the Trolley or the Free Tram to Times Square and walk  south to Crescent St.  Take Crescent 3 blocks to 2nd Street.  Look across the street for the Matanzas on the Bay Restaurant and the Matanzas Inn which is at 414 Crescent St.  Walk out to the patio and find the dock. Walk down the talk back towards the Beach (West) and look for a small floating dock. There will be another white  Pergola with a picnic table near there.  If you come by car,  find paid parking under the Matanzas Pass Bridge for $5 per hour or park at one of the private lots between Crescent and Old San Carlos Blvd. for an all day low rate of $10 to $20.

Dog Beach Location:  Uber or Drive to Lee County Dog Beach at 8800 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931 just North of the New Pass Bridge where we meet in the parking lot on the Gulf side and then walk out to the beach.

Bowditch Point Park:  Walk, Bicycle, Take The Tram or Trolley or Uber to Lee County Bowditch Point Park at 50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL. 33931 where we will meet on the back bay harbor side. Arrive early to park as parking is limited. If you come by trolley walk around the buildings to the right or up the stairs through the building commons are and then out to the parking lot.  From there walk towards the back bay (away from the beach) to the small cove by the park bench just north of the public dock.

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