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Need to Know

Course / Study Materials to purchase prior to your class
How to get here and area info
What to Bring
Liability Waiver
Medical Forms (Youth Group only)
Frequently Asked Questions
Local Florida Keys Favorites

Sunshine Coast Adventures

Course / Study Materials to purchase prior to your class:

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing:
Sailing Made Easy textbook
ASA Logbook page 09-12 (the logbook will be provided when you arrive for your class)
sailing made easy

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising:
Coastal Cruising Made Easy textbook
ASA Logbook page 13-17
coastal cruising made easy

ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering:
Bareboat Cruising Made Easy
ASA Logbook page 18-20
bareboat cruising made easy

ASA 105 Coastal Navigation:
Coastal Navigation book, CD and chart by Tom Tursi
ASA Logbook page 21-22
Coastal Navigation

ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising:
"The Annapolis Book of Seamanship" by John Rousmaniere
ASA Logbook page 23-26
Annapolis Book of Seamanship


How to Get Here and Area Information:
download directions & area info pdf here

From Miami or Ft-Lauderdale airports:

  • Take the Florida turnpike south to US 1
  • Exit on US 1 south and go 35 miles passing Key Largo
  • When you get to the Circle K in Tavernier (mile marker 94.5), turn left on Burton Drive
  • Turn right at the 3rd street Banyan Lane
  • Enter Curtis Marine straight ahead
  • Address: 229 Banyan Lane, Tavernier, Florida 33070

Transportation to and from airport:

  • Davis Tours:
    Phone 954-472-2858 website: www.davistours.com
    email: davistours@aol.com
  • Cadillac Jack:
    Phone 888-233-5550
    website: www. cadillacinc.com
  • Emerald Transportation:
    Phone 800-524-7894
    email: keysrides@aol.com
  • Keys Shuttle:
    Phone 305-289-9997
  • Bone Island Shuttle:
    Phone 305-293-8710
  • Key Largo Charter Service:
    Phone 305-853-0661
  • To’N’Fro:
    Phone 305-852-4515
    website: www.tonfro.com

Auto Rentals: We strongly suggest using this rental car company as they are located 5 minutes away from the marina and they allow drop-off from airport. You also get a discount if you book it online.

    Thrifty Car Rental: 91831 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Fl.
    Phone 877-283-0898
    website: www.thrifty.com

Local Transportation:

    Mom’s Taxi: 305 852-6000
    Key Largo Cabs: 305 451-9700

Places to stay: We recommend you to stay at Ocean Pointe Resort and Suites as they offer a discount to our students and they are located within a walking distance from our school.
www.opsuites.com
Phone: 1 800 882-9464

Island Bay Resort
92530 Overseas Hwy
Tavernier, FL  33070
800-654-KEYS or 305-852-4087
www.islandbayresort.com

You can look up more places to stay according to your budget on the Key Largo Florida Keys chamber of commerce website www.floridakeys.org.

Snorkeling gear: Although we strongly suggest bringing your own gear, you can rent snorkeling equipment from the following dive shops for about $20/day. Remember that you will need a mask, a pair of fins and a snorkel.. For those of you with prescription glasses, make sure to get prescription lenses for your mask. It is a little more expensive but well worth it.

Snorkeling gear rentals:
Ocean Divers Key Largo: Phone 305 451-0996 or 800 451-1113
Website: www.oceandivers.com

Buying snorkeling gear:
We suggest that you buy your equipment and get familiar with it before you get here but if for some reasons you can’t; here is a good place to buy snorkeling equipment once you get here:

World Watersports Key Largo: Phone 305 451-0118
Website: www.worldwatersports.com

What to Bring:
download gear list pdf here
Liability Waiver:

Below is our liability waiver which we'll need all participants to fill out and send back to us before each trip.

Address: Sunshine Coast Adventures
229 Banyan Lane Tavernier, Florida. 33070
Phone: 305.942.9645 | Fax: 305.852.6275
Email: info@sunshinesailing.com

download liability waiver pdf here
Medical Forms (Youth Group only):

Below is our medical form which we'll need all participants to fill out and send back to us before each trip.

Address: Sunshine Coast Adventures
229 Banyan Lane Tavernier, Florida. 33070
Phone: 305.942.9645 | Fax: 305.852.6275
Email: info@sunshinesailing.com

download medical form pdf here

Frequently Asked Questions:

HOW DO I BOOK A TRIP?
Contact us on the web at info@sunshinesailing.com or by phone at 305.942.9645. 50% of total fee is required upon reservation and the balance is due upon arrival.

WHERE DO YOU SUGGEST WE STAY? We suggest that you stay at the Holiday Inn in Key Largo. They offer nice and clean room at affordable price.
Holiday Inn Key Largo
99701 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, Florida 33037
(305) 451-2121

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SNORKELING EQUIPMENT? You need to bring a mask, a pair of fins and a snorkel. Please note that if you wear prescriptions glasses you need to get a mask with prescription lenses. We strongly recommend getting familiar with your gear prior to the trip by making sure that is in working conditions.

WHERE DO WE GO DURING THE TRIP? Where we go during the trip depends totally on the weather. We will be exploring the ocean side (Atlantic Ocean/Florida Straits) and the Bay side ( Gulf of Mexico). Every trip includes; some fishing, some snorkeling, some sailing, some island explorations.

WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS? Please let us know what dietary needs you may have. We can accommodate mostly everyone. In case of major needs, we ask that you bring what you need.

WHAT IF MY TRIP GETS CANCELLED DUE TO A HURRICANE?
Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through November 30. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the captain will make the final decision regarding whether to continue with the adventure or seek shelter on the mainland. In the case of cancellation due to extreme weather conditions, fees will be refunded based on the percent of the programs cancelled.

Sunshine Coast Adventures is not able to refund any fees related to meals, lodging or transportation incurred as a result of an evacuation. These expenses remain the responsibility of the participants. We strongly recommend trip insurance to cover your travel expenses.

DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?
No. You don’t need a fishing license. It is included in the price.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE?
Seasonal Weather Patterns
Winter and Spring temperatures vary from 50°F possible in the evenings, to 80°F during the day, with varying wind speeds and a humid climate. Water temperatures in winter dip to 72°. A wool shirt under a rain jacket is advisable during chilly, wet days on the water. In clothing preparation, please keep these factors in mind. Hypothermia is a potential concern during this time of year on the water.

Summer temperatures vary from 85°F to 95°F night and day, with high humidity and light breezes, and afternoon rain squalls. The water temperature averages 84° in summer. Concerns are to dress cool, have rain protection and sun protection.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Please check out our gear list on what to bring section of this website. Keep it light.

HOW MANY ADULT LEADERS DO I NEED FOR THIS TRIP?
(Youth Group Only)
A minimum of 2 adult leaders per trip; one which must be over 21 and another over 18. If you are a co-ed trip, a male leader and a female leader is required.

WHAT REQUIREMENTS DO I NEED IN ORDER TO BE AN ADULT LEADER ON THIS TRIP? (Youth Group Only)
We require that at least one of the adult leaders have CPR/First Aid. Please check with your local scout council for additional requirements.

WHICH FORMS DO I NEED TO HAVE THE PARENTS/GUARDIANS SIGN?
(Youth Group Only)
Each participant must fill out a liability waiver and a medical form found in the need to know section of this website. If participant is under 18, a parent/guardian must also sign the forms.

HOW LONG IS THE TRIP? (Youth Group Only)
The trip is on average 5.5 days.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I GET THERE THE DAY OF DEPARTURE?
(Youth Group Only)
You should get here at 11:30am for a departure around noon.

WHAT TIME DO WE RETURN ON THE DAY OF ARRIVAL?
(Youth Group Only)
We will return at 2pm. We suggest that you don’t try to fly out the same day you arrive. Plan to stay at a local hotel that day if your budget allows. It will make your trip more enjoyable.

HOW OLD DO YOU NEED TO BE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS ADVENTURE?
(Youth Group Only)
You need to at least 13 years of age by the time your trip is scheduled.

DO I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SWIM WELL? (Youth Group Only)
Yes. Everyone will be required to perform a swim test. If you fail the swim test, you will be asked to wear a lifejacket for the entire time.

We hope that this answers your questions. If not, you can email us at info@sunshinesailing.com or call us at 305.942.9645.

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229 Banyan Lane Tavernier, Florida. 33070
Toll Free#: 888-688-6744 * Phone: 305.942.9645 * Fax: 305.852.6275 * Web: www.sunshinesailing.com
Email: info@sunshinesailing.com

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