Fredericksburg Parent

June 2015

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www.FredParent.NET • • • • 13 • • • • • • • 13 • • 13 For families who enjoy water activities and have younger children, kayaking is a great way to spend time together. kayak Nature Tours in Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers a unique experience for families. Not only do they participate in flat-water trips, but they also have an exciting Dolphin adventure Tour for fami- lies and individuals who are curious about seeing the animals up close. There is no experience necessary before families arrive at the tour; however, it should be noted that kayaking does take a certain level of fitness. kayak Nature Tours have certified guides who give instruction, and they also watch the participants in the water and seek out the individuals who need help. "kayaking can really build camaraderie," randy Gore, certified guide and instructor, said. "Sometimes it can be hard to find something that everyone in the family wants to do." Gore also stated that he likes taking out families who are hesitant about the activity, and he enjoys when he is able to see a hesitant family go out into the water and make it to the end of the tour together. Flat-water trips are ideal for families who have children ages 2 to 3 who want to participate, while the Dolphin trips have a minimum age limit of 6 years old. "The Dolphin tour begins with a launch into the atlantic Ocean," Gore said. "it's very different than typical kayaking." according to its website, kayak Nature Tours states that there is an 80 to 90 percent chance of seeing dolphins within 10 to 20 feet of the kayaks. "What we do is unique, and it's outdoors," Gore said. "and that brings up everyone's mood." Kayaking alexandria Gryder is a freelance writer and blog- ger who studied english and Film at the University of mississippi. Her work has appeared in The Daily mississippian, The View from Ventress Newsletter and emerge the magazine.

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