“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
Combining ACA & BCU 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 and BCU 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.

$150/ day ($125 ea. /day w/2 ). Register Here.
$85 / half day (3hrs) available Friday and Saturday



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

 *Half Day courses also available Saturday and Sunday

* ACA Level 4 Instructor Development Workshop (IDW)   Fri, Sat, Sun

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

* ACA Level 4 Skills Assessment (pre-requirement for L4 IDW) Fri, Sat, Sun

* ACA Level 4 Instructor Updates  Sat, Sun

* ACA Coastal Kayak “Trip Leadership” Award (Sat, Sun)

* ACA “Safety Facilitators Course” Award (Sat 9-1) $45.00 / 4hrs

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

* Navigation Class / Trip Planning w/ Steven Henkind  Saturday Night

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


* Tom Nickels  ACA Level 4 IT / BCU CL3
* Gil Hidaigo, ACA Level 4
* Steven Henkind, ACA Level 3 (L4 tr)
* Joe Murray  ACA Level 3 (L4 tr)  & Level 3 WhiteWater
* Michael Northrup ACA Level 3 (coming 2018 event)




$150/ day ($125 ea. /day w/2). Register Here.

Local Resources Information:

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

Other things to do
City Walks

Local History:

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