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


Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium

A BIG thank you to everyone involved in the 2016 Symposium.

2017 Symposium:

We are busy on 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 L2 Kayak Training (4days)
-ACA L2 Kayak Assessment (1 day)
-ACA L1-2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop
-BCU SUP Support Module
-BCU FSRT Provider Certification
-L2 BCU Coach 
-Instructor Certification Course Dates: The week of Feb 19-23 (Details to come)
-Sweetwater Symposium Dates: February 24th-26th 2017
Skills Assessments to follow the symposium.

Please stay tuned for dates, pricing, and more details! 

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.


Sweetwater Kayaks offers the finest training and assessment in the southeast US. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned paddler there will be a variety of classes to challenge your skill and take you to the next level. We have training from the finest coaches on the water at our symposium. Come out and join Sweetwater Kayaks for an exciting, educational time in the Florida sun this February.

Current Class Listings. (12/19/2015)

Symposium Details and Coach Listings. (12/19/2015)

Sweetwater 2016 Sea Kayak Symposium Registration Form.

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

Pictures from past Sweetwater Symposiums

Our team of Sweetwater coaches have also been guest instructors at…


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