Play, Carouse and Swim with the Manatees

Play with the trichechidae! Carouse with the sea cows! Take your families to the manatees! This Monday, December 21st will be an event you don't want to miss!

Play, Carouse and Swim with the Manatees

Play, Carouse and Swim with the Manatees

Play with the trichechidae! Carouse with the sea cows! Take your families to the manatees! This Monday, December 21st will be an event you don’t want to miss! You have the opportunity to swim and snorkel with the most magestic, the most magnificent, the most magnanimous monster of the relatively shallow waters of Crystal River. Come play with these very safe, very friendly, and very fun animals! Sponsored by the City of Fernandina Beach, Parks and Recreations Department. For residents of the city the cost is only $50, $60 for non-residents. This is a trip for families, adults, and children 10 and up (under 10 permitted with a parent).

Tentative Schedule: the bus will depart from the Altantic Recreation Center at 5:00am (come dressed with your bathing suit ON!). At 8:30-9:00am you’ll arrive at the American Pro-Dive Center where you check in, have orientation, and gear up (wetsuit, mask, fins, and snorkel provided if you don’t have your own). Now you’re off to swim with the manatees in Crystal River! At 12:30pm you’ll return to the dive shop where you can change your clothes and eat lunch; then arrive back in Fernandina Beach around 5:00pm with an experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime! You’ll need to bring snorkeling gear if you have your own, if not gear is provided (including wetsuits). Bring 2 towels (1 for the boat, 1 to dry off with when changing clothes), warm pull-on clothing for the boat on the way back to the bus (hood/hat/socks recommended), dry clothes for when you get out of the water, plastic bag or dry bag to carry clothes in, and money for lunch and novelty items from the gift shop.

If you would like a crash course (30 minute session) in the Recreation Center’s heated swimming pool on how to properly and comfortably use the mask, snorkel, and fins before the trip, or if you have any questions about the above, please contact Kathy Russell, City of Fernandina Beach Aquatics Supervisor, at (904) 277-7350, or krussell@fbfl.org. Click here: www.fbfl.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=3600

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1 Comment

  1. Arrrrrmatee

    Uh, I thought you weren't supposed to harrass the manatees. Oh, I get it. If people do it on their own, they get fined. If they pay the government with an admission fee, it's OK. What a crock! Either it's OK to bother the manatees or it's not. Money shouldn't change things.

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