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Activities in Central Florida

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Many of our clients at the World Barefoot Center ski school ask, “What else is there to do in the area?”   They may have a day off from skiing or have friends and family that want to visit other attractions.  Disney World, Universal, Epcot, Busch Gardens etc. are the common attractions but Central Florida has a lot more to offer.  The links below will give people an idea on some fun activities.

Water Ski Show at Pirates Cove, LegoLand

Most everyone knows about LegoLand in Winter Haven, FL.  The park is set up for Kids 12 and under but the water ski show is not your traditional Cypress Gardens show.  It’s geared toward younger children but it is still exciting to watch.  They have a great jump team and Lego characters can be seen skiing as well!

Have FUN in Central Florida!

The below is provided by: www.CatchCentralFlorida .com

For more details and day-by-day excursion listings, please visit:  VisitCentralFlorida.org.

Sunday, October 7 excursions:

SCENIC TOUR OF LAKE WALES RIDGE STATE FOREST

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Sunday, October 7 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • TYPE: Combo
  • COST (PER PERSON): $5.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 15
  • WHERE TO MEET: McDonald’s in Frostproof at the intersection of CR 630 and Scenic Hwy 17
    Address: 851 Hwy 630 E, Frostproof, FL 33843

This is a three-part tour that begins with a hike that is two-miles round trip from School Bus Road through pine flatwoods and into a mixed hardwoods canopy to the edge of pristine Lake Arbuckle. After a short hike along Lake Arbuckle, everyone will return to their vehicles, and then proceed with a short auto trip to Lake Godwin. The final portion will begin at the Reedy Creek parking area and continue with a one-mile hike (round trip) along Reedy Creek. Points along this hike provide breath-taking elevated views of the creek. Along the way you may see rare scrub plants that are in bloom such as scrub blazing star and rare holly.

Scenic Tour NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Many years ago ancient ocean levels rose and covered nearly all of the present-day Florida peninsula isolating the Ridge as an island upon which the plants and animals on this ridge continued to evolve in isolation. Today the scrub ecosystem that thrives on the ridge may have the highest concentration of rare and endangered plants in the continental United States.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Paul Fellers
For more than 45 years, Dr. Paul Fellers has led birding and wildflower tours throughout Central Florida. Dr. Fellers donates his expertise to lead members of the Audubon Society, The Native Plant Society and many other groups, and for many years, Dr. Fellers has coordinated the Christmas Bird Counts in Polk County. This lifelong conservationist is an excellent tour leader for those looking to discover new species of birds or wildflowers.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes

AIR BOAT TOUR AT CAMP MACK

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Friday, October 5 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $27.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 21
  • WHERE TO MEET: Camp Mack’s River Resort
    Address: 14900 Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales, FL 33898

View the water, wilderness and wildlife that the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes has to offer by way of AIR BOAT! You and your family do not want to miss out on this exciting adventure. Look high in the sky for bald eagles and ospreys searching for their next meal. Look to the water for alligators and to the shore for much more!
Camp Mack Air Boat Tours NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

There is potential you may get a little wet on this excursion.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Camp Mack’s Air Boat Tours
Your tour guides are seasoned airboat guides that know their open water and marsh lands well. Their intimate knowledge of birds and wildlife will give you a thrilling tour.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant

TOUR FLORIDA’S ANCIENT ISLANDS

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Sunday, October 7 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wildlife
  • COST (PER PERSON): $10.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 12
  • WHERE TO MEET: TBD
    Address: 1628 South Scenic Highway, Frostproof, FL 33843

Get up-close-and-personal with the ancient islands of Florida. The Lake Wales Ridge was once beach-front property long ago, so you can only imagine how old the species of the Ridge actually are! Join the tour as the group will hike through the dry, sandy soils of two incredible sites, among the rare species that have survived Florida’s harsh summers for millions of years while using or learning some close-up photography skills. This excursion is an appealing option for photographers.
Tour Florida's Ancient Islands NatureFest 2012

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Mark Deyrup

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Camera and Tri Pod
  • Binoculars
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses

WALK-IN-WATER CREEK ADVANCED KAYAK EXCURSION

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Sunday, October 7 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wildlife
  • COST (PER PERSON): $15.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 9
  • WHERE TO MEET: North Walk-in-Water Creek
    Address: Walk-in-Water Creek Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898

Calling all intermediate and advanced paddlers! During this trip you may get a little wet as you kayak Walk-in-Water Creek but this is just how we say “Welcome to the Swamp!” Immerse yourself in natural Florida with a trip down Walk-in-Water Creek. Listen to the sounds of nature as you glide through the water. This serene creek offers a glimpse into what Florida was like before it became inhabited. This trip will be guided, and kayaks, life jackets and paddles will be provided.

Walk-in-Water-Creek Kayak NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

There is potential you may get wet while on this excursion. You do not have to be a professional at kayaking but be aware this is a wild creek and you may have to maneuver around obstacles and floating vegetation.

Disclaimer!

The location and route of this paddling trip may be altered due to inadequate water levels.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Andy Quinn
As Sierra Club’s Field Trip Outings Coordinator, Andy has led guided kayak tours all over Polk County. He has completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program – Wetlands Module and is an enthusiastic conservationist. As your guide, Andy is eager to share with you the wild black water streams in Polk County.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes

Our Barefoot Water Ski School can be reached at (863) 877-0039 to book in reservations for Barefoot Water Skiing only and NOT to reserve any attractions on this page.

Michigan Clinic w/ the YoungBlood’s

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I’ve known Jim Youngblood from my younger years when I wasn’t so disciplined. He reminded me I once ordered a Mountain Dew with Vodka one night out to eat when I thought I was invincible. I have grown up quite a bit since then and I was so excited when Jim asked me to do a clinic, for several reasons. One, I knew he had a great site. Two, his daughter Alex visited the ski school this spring and at the ripe age of ten was passionate about the sport and learning extremely fast! Three, it would be great to reconnect with Jim after many years. I wanted to help them out as much as I possibly could. Working with young, motivated and talented kids gets my heart pumping for the sport! Not that I don’t like working with mature skiers but the young are the future of our sport ; ).

Alex Youngblood hammering away her Front Toe's

Jen and her father came over from the Chicago area and it was great to work with them as well. Jen is learning quickly and get this, she would rather go backwards than forwards. She’s a smart cookie because barefooting backwards is easier than barefoot skiing forwards. Mostly due to skiing on the larger part of your foot backwards and being able to use your toes with the ability to lean away slightly. Make sure to start learning the backwards start literally days after learning how to barefoot ski forward.

Jenny figuring out her front one foot!

I had to push Jen to work on front one foots but check out the sweet picture of her riding a super clean one footer!
70 years young making it look easy on the glass conditions we had for three days straight!

Ben came over from Illinois and for 70 Years young skied up a storm! Great time!

Nice sequence of Katie learning her front barefooting Start.

Katie in the Start position

Katie Learning the butt ride

Success!!

Katie was skiing for three days with us and her progression was perfect!  Katie is also ranked #2 in the Nation as a Jr. Female GS snow skier.

Katie & Alex staying warm in the early morning

Girls having fun in the perfect weather we had!

Katie’s dad, Mike, showing the girls he can learn new tricks too! Forth attempt looking clean!

Mike White doing a sweet toe hold on the WBC Shoe Ski. Forth try and he's rock'n it!

I’m taking a picture of Katie’s dad taking a picture of his daughter getting up on her feet for the first time ever behind the boat! Congrats on that one young lady!

Katie's first time up Long Line! Yahooooo!

I would like to thank Jim and his family for welcoming me into their house.  The clinic was a success and I hope I can see everyone reach their goals that participated in the clinic.  I put my heart and soul (Sole) into everyone I teach and it’s great to see people achieve things they thought they could not do or at least achieve things more easily with my help.

KSO, Alex & Jim YoungBlood

The World Barefoot Center takes pride in our instruction on the road doing clinics or at our facility in Winter Haven, FL, which is only fifteen minutes from LegoLand.

By: Keith St.Onge

Winter Wonderland in Florida

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Does your lake look like this:

If so, you might want to head down to the World Barefoot Center:

Yes, I know you’re not used to seeing that big ball of fire in the sky during the winter months.  If you do see it, it’s not quite close enough to keep the ice off the lakes or snow off the ground!  That’s why we stay so busy at the ski school during the winter months– Northerners are escaping their frozen tundra to enjoy a little warmth and flat water.  Visit the World Barefoot Center to break up your long winter.  Just a few days on the water in the middle of winter will help keep the balance of barefoot water skiing fresh, before spring rolls around.

Don’t forget to visit LegoLand located in Winter Haven, Florida, just minutes from the ski school.  Look forward to skiing with you!!

By: Keith St.Onge

Easiest & Safest way to Learn Barefoot Water Skiing!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The World Barefoot Center Ski School located minutes from LegoLand in Winter Haven, FL teaches our students the best, easiest and safest way to learn. We will either start our first timers on a swing, which hangs from the boom, off a Wakeboard or doing a start off the boom while riding on the padding of a barefoot suit. Experience will determine the start method we use. If a student has never barefoot skied they will start on the swing, which guarantees no falls! If the skier is fit and more daring they can start with the front start in a barefoot suit. The wakeboard start is a happy medium.

Here is a link to the Wake Board Barefoot Start.

Keith St.Onge