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Dave Kochendorfer

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Everglades National Park, Florida, United States

  • Activities

    Adventure, Kayaking

  • Guiding Experience

    22 years

  • Languages


  • Favorite Trip

    5-Day Complete Everglades Loop

Guide Bio

I have been working as a professional adventure guide since 1996 and have been living in the Everglades since 2004. I am a University of Florida certified Florida Master Naturalist with training in the biology of all Everglades ecosystems. Allow me to show you my secret places while sharing my vast knowledge of this irreplaceable world treasure.

Along with my other certifications, I am also a National Outdoor Leadership School certified Wilderness First Responder and American Canoe Association certified Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor. As a wilderness first responder, I am trained to respond to medical emergencies in the backcountry and as a kayak instructor, I am qualified not only to perform, but to teach open water sea kayak safety and rescue skills.

During your tour, I will be your Everglades navigator, route planner, gear packer, wildlife spotter, naturalist interpreter, camp site organizer, broken gear repairman, spirit motivator, emergency rescuer, personal chef and pot scrubber. I love sharing my knowledge of this unique environment and teaching you kayaking skills. Kayak with me and you’ll get to know the Everglades like the back of your hand!

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