Nighttime kayaking takes place by Biscayne Bay

Kayak at Night held at BBC

Nicholas Poblete // Contributing Writer

FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus Wellness and Recreation Center offers monthly kayaking — with a twist.

BBC’s recreation coordinator Jonathan Torrey designed the nighttime excursion about five years ago, and said that it allows participants to enjoy an illuminated trip though the Biscayne Bay area.

The kayak ride takes riders through Oleta River State Park’s mangrove-filled kayak trail, followed by a stop on Sandspur Island. Once arrived at the island, also known as Beer Can Island, riders can sit and gaze at the Miami skyline.

Riders then make their way back to campus, ending the night around a bonfire, making s’mores.

The kayaks fit two riders, with a maximum of 20 riders per excursion. Participants are supervised by two lifeguards who are certified by the American Canoe Association.

Riders of all skill levels are welcome, with costs at $7 for students and $15 for everyone else.

BBC lifeguard Nicole Mare is one of the excursion leaders. Mare, a sophomore majoring in social work, said the theme is what makes the adventure so different.

“The LED lights that are attached to the kayaks make this excursion unique,” Mare said.

In addition to the lights, the scenery had some students amazed as well.

Maria Pozo, a senior studying biology, said she is an avid kayaker and was surprised from start to finish by the kayak ride.

“When you pass by Oleta, the mangroves create a sort of tunnel,” Pozo said. “The excursion was unlike any other excursion I had participated in.”

Junior Caleb Swanner, an international business and marketing major, said he would definitely participate in the excursion again.

“The lifeguards were very helpful,” Swanner said. “I got to sit down on the island and just hang out.”

Torrey said the program began with one kayak and has now expanded to 10 kayaks, with further expansion on his mind.

“Nighttime always brings out a different vibe with people,” Torrey said.

If any students or members of the community wish to participate in kayaking, or any other event that BBC offers, contact the Wellness and Recreational center, or visit FIU’s Student Affairs website.

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