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


22nd Annual Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium


February 23rd-25th 2018

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

2018 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:

Class Descriptions
2018 Symposium Class Schedule

British Canoe Union/ Paddlesports North America :

Class Descriptions
2018 Symposium Class Schedule

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

2018 Symposium Class Schedule


Location: TBD
Dinner & Social meet up at Pinellas Ale Works from 6-9pm.  Evening presentations by TBD.

2018 Symposium Class Schedule


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

2018 Symposium Class Schedule

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