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


21st Annual Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium


February 24th-26th 2017

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

2017 Registration Form

Symposium Pricing:  
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.

ACA and BCU Week!

In addition to our regular Symposium classes we will be offering the following ACA and BCU courses:

American Canoe Association:

February 16th    L1-2 SUP Skills Training 
February 17-19   L1-2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop (Todd Bishop)
February 18th    L3 Kayak Skills Assessment
February 20-23   L1-2 Kayak Instructor Cert. Workshop (Carl Ladd) 
February 20-23   L3 Instructor Development Workshop  (Josh Hall)

*15% Discount offered if you and a friend sign up for an ACA course!

British Canoe Union/ Paddlesports North America :

February 18th   2 Star Assessment
February 18th   3 Star Assessment (Russell) 
February 19th   FSRT-Foundations of Safety and Rescue Training (Maynard) 
February 20-23  Level 1 Coach Training (Hadley/Maynard )  
February 20-23  Level 2 Coach Training  
February 24-25  3 Star Training (Carmody) 
February 25th   SUP Module  (Hadley)

ACA and BCU/PNA classes are offered for $125/day



Please join us from 6pm to 9pm @Sweetwater Kayaks for Symposium check in, social meet & greet, and updates from Paddlesport North America. Refreshments will be provided.


We will be meeting at  War Veterans Memorial Park at 9am. Morning classes will run from 9:30am- 12:30pm and afternoon classes from 1pm to 4pm. Social/Dinner meet up location Jungle Prada Tavern

February 24th AM   Canoe #1 (Nigel Foster) 
February 24th AM   Current for Beginners (Allen)
February 24th AM   Edging/Directional Control (Sylvain) 
February 24th AM   Greenland Introduction (Malone/Manning)
February 24th AM   Rescues (Hietpas/McNear)
February 24th AM   Stroke Blending (Knepper)

February 24th PM   Canoe #2 (Nigel Foster) 
February 24th PM   Current Intermediate (Sylvain) 
February 24th PM   Finesse Paddling (Russell) 
February 24th PM   Greenland Rolling (Manning)
February 24th PM   Greenland Strokes (Malone)
February 24th PM   Rescues (Hietpas/McNear)


We are meeting at the Skyway Bridge North rest area parking lot on the north side of the restroom facilities @ 9am. Dinner & Social meet up at Pinellas Ale Works from 6-9pm.  Evening presentations by Phil Hadley, Jeff Allen, and Garrett Cooper!

February 25th Full Incident Management (Allen/Sylvain) 
February 25th Full Coastal Paddling Skills (Josh Hall) 

February 25th AM   Core Concepts (Carl Ladd)  
February 25th AM   Long Boat Surfing (Maynard)  
February 25th AM   Greenland Skills (Stamer) 
February 25th AM   Navigation - Classroom (Henkind) 
February 25th AM   Stroke Blending (Nigel Foster) 
February 25th PM   Edging / Directional Control (Carl Ladd) 
February 25th PM   Greenland Rolling (Stamer) 
February 25th PM   Practical Navigation - On Water (Henkind) 
February 25th PM   Open Water Fun (Nigel Foster) 


We will be meeting at Fort Desoto – Fishing Pier parking lot @ 9am.

February 26th Full-day Egmont Key Trip 
February 26th Full-day Greenland Open Water (Stamer) 
February 26th Full-day Journeying (Allen/Russell ) 
February 26th Full-day Open Water Skills (Carmody) 
February 26th AM   Core Concepts (Carl Ladd) 
February 26th AM   Directional Control Forward Stroke (Nigel Foster) 

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