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Scalloping with Kids

A child holding an open scallop in her hands

Are you looking for a fun and exciting family activity? Why not plan a scalloping trip!? Scalloping is not only a great way to soak up the sun, but it offers an immersive experience for grownups and kids alike. It’s the pearl of summer activities and is a great way to spend quality time outdoors with your family creating lasting memories. Scalloping is easy to learn, and as a bonus, you get to take home dinner. What could be better? Get ready to dive into the world of scalloping with kids and make this summer the most exciting one yet.

Safety First

Safety should always be your number one priority. Make sure that everyone has sunscreen or SPF protective clothing and other safety gear, like a lifejacket or other flotation devices. Teach your kids water safety rules, such as staying close to the boat and not wandering off alone.

Bring the Correct Equipment

Boats or kayaks, snorkeling gear like masks, fins and snorkels, a mesh bag or bucket for collecting scallops, and a dive flag to mark your place in the water are all essential scalloping equipment. Without this gear, you’re sure to miss out on scallops and risk everyone’s safety as well.



Teach Scallop Identification & Harvesting Techniques

Start by showing your kids how to identify the different types of scallops and where they can most likely be found. You can also teach them how to properly clean and handle the scallops, and how to safely remove them from their shells. By teaching these valuable skills, you’ll be instilling appreciation for the outdoors and the environment.

Bring Hydration & Snacks

Scalloping can be a physically demanding activity, and it’s easy for kids to become dehydrated or tired easily. Packing plenty of water and sports drinks to keep everyone hydrated and bringing healthy snacks like fruit and granola bars will help keep energy levels and hydration high. For extra fun, let your kids pick their favorite snacks and help you pack them.

Don’t Forget Your Camera!

Whether it’s your kids’ first time in the water or the first time they catch a scallop, these moments are ones you’ll want to remember forever. That’s why it’s important to bring along your phone/camera to capture all the fun and excitement. Take pictures of your kids in their snorkeling gear, holding their freshly caught scallops and enjoying the beautiful scenery. So, don’t forget to pack your camera and get ready to make unforgettable memories with the whole family.

There are plenty of ways to make the most out of your scalloping session with your family. There’s truly nothing quite like the thrill of finding and catching your own scallops and bringing them home for dinner. Plan your next family scalloping trip with Steinhatchee Marina and let us help you create memories that will last a lifetime. Check out one of recent blogs to find out everything you need to know about the upcoming 2023 scalloping season, and if you still have questions, give us a call at 352-541-5960.