“Beating the Bump” NE Florida Training Event
November 17-19, 2017  (Training agenda)
April  27-29 2018  (Certification / Exam)

Ge Wu “cutting it up” in St Augustine


Third Annual North Florida Open Water Training Event
ACA  Training Opportunities
Locations St. Augustine & Matanzas Inlet

Beating the Bump
Videos/pictures from 4/2017 event  

November 17-19, 2017  (Trainings)
April  27-29, 2018  (Certification / Exam)


Event description: River Wind Kayak will be offering three days of open water sea kayak training for aspiring intermediate level paddlers at Vilano Inlet St. Augustine, Florida.  This location provides for easy access to the protected waters of the intercostal waterway and nearby beaches as well as Vilano, Matanzas and Fort George Inlets as conditions allow. This training is a great opportunity for all intermediate level paddlers who are interested in learning how to paddle safely in open water or the more challenging ocean environment.  We plan to follow ACA  guidelines and cover topics such as safety, paddling in groups, navigation, towing and rescues. We will be focusing on reading conditions, identifying safe zones and matching the challenge to the paddler.  This location provides a great opportunity for intermediate paddlers to learn and practice strokes and rescues, as well as safely manage movement through open water challenges such as surf, rough water, and current. This training is a great opportunity for any intermediate level paddler, and also designed to provide the aspiring sea kayak instructor the opportunity to teach and earn credit for an  L4 IDW or skills assessment.  All listed courses will be offered each day, so folks will have a “cafeteria” of training choices.

$125/ day . Register Here.



When you register just let us know the courses you are interested in.


* ACA Level 4 Instructor Development Workshop 

* ACA Level 4 Instructor Updates  Sat, Sun

* ACA Level 4 Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) 

* ACA Level 4 Rough Water Rescues/Towing Course ,Video / Video / Video /  Video / Video  Fri, Sat, Sun

* ACA Level 4 Open Water Training and (Advanced) Surf Course  Fri, Sat, Sun

* ACA Introduction to (Intermediate) Surf Course  Fri, Sat, Sun

* ACA Introduction to (Novice) Surf Course  Fri, Sat, Sun

* ACA Rolling Classes Intermediate/ Rolling in the Bump  Fri, Sat,

* ACA Level 3   “Getting comfortable in “The Bump” from Start to Finish

* ACA Level 3  Strokes and Rescues Course  Fri, Sat

* Navigation Class / Trip Planning w/ Steven Henkind  Saturday Night (all invited)

* “View the Video’s” of Fri and Sat’s on-water action / during Fri & Sat evening “Group Dinner”

 Watch for some special announcements :
    See where folks are coming from… HERE
There is now a house available (thx Phil)  for lodging….Here                


                      Lead Coaches:

* Peter Casson ACA Level 5 ITE
* Tom Nickels  ACA Level 4 IT / BCU CL3
* Ron McDonald ACA Level 4
* Gil Hidaigo, ACA Level 4
* Steven Henkind, ACA Level 4
Joe Murray  ACA Level 4  & Level 3 WhiteWater
* Sebine ACA Level 4
* Rachael Austin ACA Level 4
* Paula Hubbard  ACA Level 3


                    Assist Coaches

* Chev Dixon ACA Level 3 , Level 4 aspirant
* Tim Finkenbinder, ACA Level 2, Level 3 aspirant
* Phil Walton, ACA Level 2, Level 3 aspirant





$125 day. Register Here.

Local Resources Information:

Charts:   NOAA Charts
Tides:   Local Tide
Winds:    NOAA Data Center
Waves & Swell:
Local Water Temps
  Swell Info

Other things to do
City Walks

Local History:

Lodging: Group House Here
HereThis one is across from put-in
Hostel  in Old Town St Augustine

Here and Here

History Gallery
Pictures and Videos from 4/2017 event