Tommy Thompson

Photo of Tommy ThompsonTommy Thompson is the owner of Florida Kayak School & Tours. Tommy has organized and led international kayaking, cycling, climbing, and trekking trips on four continents. He has kayaked extensively in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, the Puget Sound, south Greenland, throughout the Inside Passage of western Canada and Southeast Alaska, the Bering Sea, Cuba, and North Florida. Tommy is a 35-year veteran of wilderness expeditions, guiding, and instruction. He enjoys sharing his love and respect for rivers, springs, and coastal areas and the beauty, ease, and simplicity of paddling through these environments. He believes that to travel in these environs with safety and respect requires a high level of skill and knowledge. 

Tommy is an ACA Level-4 Open-Water Coastal Kayak Instructor and a certified Wilderness First Responder. He also serves as the Florida State Director of Florida's America Canoe Association and is a TrailKeeper and Trail Angel for the Florida Paddle Trails Association and serves on the Apalachicola RiverKeeper Board of Directors. Tommy works to craft public policy in working with various state and federal agencies to protect the environment and to make paddling as safe and accessible.