Calendar of Events

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At Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, we’re more than an outdoor retail store. We strive to educate our customers about the pursuits and gear they are interested in, and our experienced staff is ready to outfit them so they can explore fabulous Florida and beyond.

Backpacking

November 3rd & 4th

Thru-Hiker Clinic

Are you thinking about hiking a long-distance trail such as the Appalachian, Pacific Crest or Continental Divide trails?  Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure will be joined by an experienced thru-hiker in a free, two-part informative clinic.

Preparation Clinic – Nov. 3, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 pm

Gear Clinic – Nov. 4, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm

Admission is complimentary.

Please contact the Camping Department to sign up.

Call 727-576-4169 or email camping@billjacksons.com

Kayaking

November 13th

Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers

Join the Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers: TBSK at their monthly meeting, which features information on kayaking and related topics by speakers from across the area. They meet from 7 – 8:30 pm.

For directions to the store, Click Here!

Metal Detecting

October 23rd

Suncoast Research & Recovery Club

“Dedicated to Preserving Florida’s History”
The Suncoast Research and Recovery Club: SRARC meets the fourth Monday of almost every month at 7 pm for those interested in or finding out about the hobby of metal detecting.

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Scuba Diving

October 22nd

Shark Dive

In a collaborative effort, Bill Jackson’s and the Florida Aquarium are offering divers the opportunity to swim among sharks, giant sea turtles, barracuda, moray eels and goliath grouper during the Diving with Sharks Experience on Oct. 22.

This shark dive event also includes parking, a $10 lunch voucher, admission to the aquarium, a T-shirt, a photo of your dive, a behind-the-scenes tour and more.

Cost: $150.

Divers must be 15 years of age or older and are required to bring their certification card, dive mask, swim suit, and a towel. All other equipment is provided by the Florida Aquarium. Cancellation may be made with full refund up to seven days before the date of the trip.

Call our Dive Shop at 727-576-4169 to reserve your spot.

October 29th

Spearfishing Safari

Join the Bill Jackson’s staff and the crew of the Hook-N-Spear for a three-tank spearfishing adventure.

Cost: $150 per diver

You bring: speargun, dive certification, wetsuit, stringer, dive light, snorkel gear, regulator and all divers are required to have a Surface Signal Device (safety sausage marker).

If you are diving Air, dive computers are required (available for rent at Bill Jackson’s).

Space is limited so contact Bill Jackson’s to reserve your spot,  727-576-4169.

June 18th-22nd and July 22nd-27th, 2018

Snorkel Camp

Beat the summer heat at Bill Jackson’s Snorkel Camp.

During this NAUI-inspired camp, you’ll learn about the equipment and how to care for it, the buddy system, water entry and exit, surface dives, proper fin kicks, how to clear your mask, equalizing and bouyancy skills.

Who: Open to kids ages 6 to 12 who know how to swim. Class size limited to 12.

When: 9:30 am to 3 pm; two sessions available, June 18-22 and July 22-27, 2018.

Where: Indoor pool and classrooms at Bill Jackson’s.

Cost: $225 per session; discounts available (call for info).

What to bring: mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vest, towel, bathing suit, change of clothes.

Lunch is provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

For more information or to sign up, call 727-576-4169.

For more information

August 18th-24th, 2018

Blackbeard’s Cruises in Bahamas

Create some memories of a lifetime and dive beautiful Caribbean waters in the Bahamas with us.

We’ll leave Nassau and travel the Upper Exuma Cays, diving on reefs, walls and doing drift dives in pristine waters. There are also opportunities for night dives and shark feeding dives. Leave the tank behind if you want and immerse yourself with mask and snorkel. We’ll also take time to feed wild iguanas.

Cost: $1,599 per diver

Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare out of Orlando International
  • Transfers to and from the airport/marina (Nassau)
  • Up to 20 dives (tanks and weights included; also includes night dives and shark feeding dive)
  • All meals and snacks
  • All beverages, including beer, wine and rum punch
  • Dormitory-style, fully air-conditioned cabins

Trip cost does not include:

  • Transportation to and from Orlando International
  • Gratuities for boat crew (15% recommended)
  • Dive/trip insurance

A deposit of $250 (per person) is required to reserve your spot. Balance is due no later than June 1, 2018. Cancellation may be made before this date. There is no refund after June 1, 2018 unless the trip spot is filled.

Call the Dive Shop at 727-576-4169 for more information.

Snow Boarding

January 26-February 3, 2018

Whistler Ski Trip 2018

Co-owner Doug Jackson leads a trip to the Canadian Rockies to ski the Whistler/Blackcomb region.

Whistler & Blackcomb: 8,171 skiable acres; longest run 7 miles. Elevation: Village 2,214 ft, top of Blackcomb 7,992 ft
Average annual snowfall: 456 inches
2 great mountains, 200+ trails, with a peak-to-peak gondola

Cost: 9 days/ 8 nights studio/loft $1,499 pp Quad, $1,699 pp Triple

Studio $1,799 pp Double, $1,499 pp Triple

Deposit: $300 per person to hold spot; Balance due: Dec. 1, 2017.

Includes:

  • Roundtrip air on United Airlines, Tampa to Vancouver
  • Bus transfers from Vancouver to Whistler Village
  • Awards dinner the final night
  • Lodging at Blackcomb Lodge in Whistler Village
  • Studio (with a King and sleeper sofa) OR Studio with loft (with a King plus two twins in the loft)

Room based on occupancy and availability.

Includes lodging tax and baggage handling gratuities.

Passport, with an expiration after 8/3/2018 is REQUIRED for ALL Travelers

Cancellations: $200 pp before 12/2017.
No refund 12/1/2017 or after unless space is sold.
Any amount refunded depends on date and ticket change fees.

For more info or to sign up: call Doug at 727-576-4169, or email doug@billjacksons.com.

Snow Skiing

January 26-February 3, 2018

Whistler Ski Trip 2018

Co-owner Doug Jackson leads a trip to the Canadian Rockies to ski the Whistler/Blackcomb region.

Whistler & Blackcomb: 8,171 skiable acres; longest run 7 miles. Elevation: Village 2,214 ft, top of Blackcomb 7,992 ft
Average annual snowfall: 456 inches
2 great mountains, 200+ trails, with a peak-to-peak gondola

Cost: 9 days/ 8 nights studio/loft $1,499 pp Quad, $1,699 pp Triple

Studio $1,799 pp Double, $1,499 pp Triple

Deposit: $300 per person to hold spot; Balance due: Dec. 1, 2017.

Includes:

  • Roundtrip air on United Airlines, Tampa to Vancouver
  • Bus transfers from Vancouver to Whistler Village
  • Awards dinner the final night
  • Lodging at Blackcomb Lodge in Whistler Village
  • Studio (with a King and sleeper sofa) OR Studio with loft (with a King plus two twins in the loft)

Room based on occupancy and availability.

Includes lodging tax and baggage handling gratuities.

Passport, with an expiration after 8/3/2018 is REQUIRED for ALL Travelers

Cancellations: $200 pp before 12/2017.
No refund 12/1/2017 or after unless space is sold.
Any amount refunded depends on date and ticket change fees.

For more info or to sign up: call Doug at 727-576-4169, or email doug@billjacksons.com.

Owned and operated by the Jackson family since 1946.
9501 US Highway 19 N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782
Store Hours Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m. / Sat 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. / Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. / 727-576-4169