“Beating the Bump”
NE Florida Training Event
St. Augustine, FLorida
April 27-29 2018 (Certification, Exam & Trainings)

November 2-4, 2018  (Training agenda

   Vilano 6Joey of Turning Point Kayaks “busting out” BIG

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

Beating the Bump
Videos/pictures from 4/2017 event
Videos/pictures from 11/2017 event

Dates: 2018
April  27-29, 2018  (Certification, Exam & Trainings)
November 2-4, 2018  (Trainings)

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 Certification Exam  Spring Event
* ACA Level 4 Instructor Development Workshop  Fall Event

* ACA Level 4 Instructor Updates  Sat, Sun
* ACA Level 4 Skills Assessment

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

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

* ACA Introduction to Surf Course  Fri, Sat, Sun

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

* ACA Level 3  Strokes and Rescues Course  Fri, Sat

 Watch for some special announcements :
    See where folks are coming from… HERE
Check out Event primer “Slideshow” 




Friday &Saturday morning (8:30am)

we will meet at “Dessert First Bistro” they serve breakfast/coffee
12 yacht club dr (across from main put-in)

Friday Night (5:30pm)

Location:“Salt Life Food Shack


Saturday Night (5:30 pm)


Location: TBA



* Tom Nickels  ACA Level 4 IT / BCU CL3 Coach
* Sabine Freisem  ACA Level 4 Coach
* Chev Dixon  ACA Level 3 Coach (Level 4 Aspirant)
* Joey Schott ACA Level 3 Coach (Level 4 Aspirant)
* Jay Rose  ACA Level 3 Coach (Level 4 Aspirant)
* Steve Kuhl  ACA Level 4 Coach





$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
Videos/pictures from 11/2017 event
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