Tampa Bay Kayak Anglers

National Safe Boating Week

ACA Kayaking 101

Saturday, May 18

10 AM - 4 PM

Registration Closed

$15 per person | Ages 10+ only

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Kick off National Safe Boating Week with ACA Kayaking 101!

Summer is right around the corner and kayaking is a great way to enjoy Florida’s beautiful outdoors! Florida State Parks and the certified paddlesports instructors of ACA Florida are teaming up to get you started!

As part of National Safe Boating Week, Florida State Parks, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and US Coast Guard Auxiliary are partnering with the American Canoe Association to offer low-cost kayaking instruction on Saturday, May 18. This event will take place throughout the day at various state parks in Tampa Bay.

All the instructors are nationally certified to give paddling and rescue training, and are supported by experienced safety teams. 

Your registration fee covers the rental of your kayak, paddles and life vest in addition to the Kayaking class, which can typically cost between $75-$150 per person. Take advantage of this great deal and register today to secure your spot! Space is limited.

If you are new to paddling, looking to meet paddling friends or have had a bad experience and are looking to learn a better way to go about it, register today!


Your ACA Kayaking 101 class will cover many of the following topics:

  • Trip planning, preparation, & prevention
  • What equipment you should carry
  • Parts of the boat, parts of the paddle
  • Understanding how bulkheads / floatation help make you safer
  • How to properly carry & transport your boat
  • Basic posture for full body paddling & boat control
  • Basic paddling strokes
  • How to get in & out of your kayak properly
  • Methods to re-enter a kayak if you capsize in deep water (for self & assisted rescue)
  • How to empty a swamped boat
  • How to tow a swimmer


Class will convene rain or shine. Your nationally certified ACA Lead Instructor will determine whether or not and when to get on water. Your safety is our top priority. In event of cancellation because of extreme weather conditions, refunds will NOT be provided.


Keep in mind we will be paddling and practicing skills for what to do if you capsize, so be prepared to get wet. Quick drying fabrics are better for paddling than cotton clothing. Closed-toe shoes or sneakers are required. Water shoes are recommended.

  • plenty of drinking water
  • lunch and/or snacks
  • reef-safe sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • sunglasses and/or hat
  • towel
  • dry bag
  • strap for your glasses

All registrants must be 10 years or older and must be able to swim and paddle independently. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult and have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.

ACA Kayaking 101 will take place at these Central Florida State Parks:

Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 S. Highway A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Crystal River State Park
3266 N. Sailboat Ave. 
Crystal River, FL 34428
Faver-Dykes State Park
1000 Faver-Dykes Road 
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Registration is closed for this event

Register for ACA Kayaking 101

$15 per person

Individual registration form and  liability waiver required for each event participant.
How long have you been paddling, and what rivers/lakes have you paddled so far? Is there anything specific that you would like for your instructor to know about your skills or abilities?*
Is it a sit inside or sit on top? Is it a recreational kayak, a touring kayak or a whitewater kayak? How long is it? Feel free to include the Make and Model if you know it. If you are renting a boat from the class, just let us know that, as well.*
This class is just a taste of ACA training, but to help us understand you better, in the larger picture what are you hoping to get out of paddling training? How does this training fit into your personal paddling goals?
Please list any conditions such as allergies, diabetes, etc. that might help us assist you in the event of a medical emergency.*
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Once registered, please complete the following:

ACA Waiver & Release of Liability

paddlesports safety course

Prior to attending any TBKA events, please complete this free online Paddlesports Safety Course. It takes about 20 minutes, and can be accessed on a mobile device. If needed, you can also save your progress and return to the course at a later time. 

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