10000 Gandy Blvd. North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702 * (727) 570-4844 * Email us at TheShop@SweetwaterKayaks.com


Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium


February 24th-26th 2017

(Please stay tuned as we add updated information for our upcoming symposium)

Sweetwater Kayaks Symposium offers a variety of classes, trainings, and assessments. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned paddler there will be numerous class options to challenge your skill and take you to the next level. We host a number of the finest paddling coaches for our symposium, to be sure that everyone receives individualized attention. Come out and join Sweetwater Kayaks for an exciting, educational time in the Florida sun this February.

Class Descriptions

Symposium Schedule (Updated info coming soon!)

Registration Form

Per Class : $75
Per Day : $150
3 Full Days of classes : $375
*Groups of 6 or more eligible for a group discount.  $100 per day each.

Assessments and Certifications:

We are setting up classes for the 2017 symposium as well as ACA and BCU/PNA  skills assessments, instructor classes, and other related events. 2017 will bring many new opportunities and activities to the symposium, and we are excited to share them with you!

Here are the courses that we have lined up so far:

-ACA L1-2 Instructor Development Workshop 2/20-22/17
-ACA L1-2 Kayak Instructor Assessment 2/23/17 
-SUP Instructor Certification Workshop
-BCU FSRT (February 20)
-BCU SUP Support Module
-BCU FSRT Provider Certification
-L2 BCU Coach (February 21-24)

-Sweetwater Symposium Dates: February 24th-26th 2017
Skills Assessments to follow the symposium.

-ACA and BCU/PNA assessments and trainings are $125 per day. 


We are also putting together some day trips and multi-day trips around Florida with Sweetwater’s guides. Those trips will take place after the Symposium week in case you want to extend your Florida Paddling adventures post Symposium and related classes.


Hotels and Campsites Nearby

Hollander Hotel – Downtown St. Petersburg
421 4th Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 873-7900
Located Downtown St. Petersburg

Comfort Inn
875 94th Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 563-9100

Dickens House Bed and Breakfast
335 8th Avenue Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-8622 or 800-381-2022
email: info@dickenshouse.com

LaQuinta Inns & Suites
6638 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 525-1800

Fort DeSoto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway South
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Park Office: (727) 552-1862
Campground Office: (727) 893-9185
Automated Info Line: (727) 582-2267
waterfront camp sites

St. Petersburg / Maderia Beach KOA
5400 95th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Office: (800) 562-7714
Automated Info Line: (727) 392-2233