Calendar of Classes

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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.

Fishing

June 24th

Fly-Casting Class

Learn the basics of fly-casting with one of Bill Jackson’s instructors, and experience the thrill of enticing and catching fish in a whole new way.

When: 10 am on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Classes may range up to 1 1/2 hours in length.

Cost: $25 per person, or free when you purchase a rod and reel combo of $100 or more.

Class size is limited to six casters, so reservations are required.

Call the Fishing Shack at 727-576-4169 to sign up.

Note: We are still offering private fly-casting instruction, which requires a reservation. The cost for this program is $78 for the first person and $25 for each additional person. Contact the Fishing Shack at 727-576-4169.

June 26th

Fly Tying Class

Note: This is the last tying class until Aug. 7.

Join us for our Saltwater Fly Tying Class from 6-8 pm! We’ll show you how to make all of the flies that work well in the Tampa Bay area. Bring some basic fly-tying skills and a beverage of your choice, then enjoy an informal instructional setting. Our staff is here to help you get started and assist you in developing your own style and hone your skills. Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.  Class supply fee ranges from $6 to $15.

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July 8th

Fly-Casting Class

Learn the basics of fly-casting with one of Bill Jackson’s instructors, and experience the thrill of enticing and catching fish in a whole new way.

When: 10 am on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Classes may range up to 1 1/2 hours in length.

Cost: $25 per person, or free with purchase of a rod and reel combo of $100 or more.

Class size is limited to six casters, so reservations are required.

Call the Fishing Shack at 727-576-4169 to sign up.

Note: We are still offering private fly-casting instruction, which requires a reservation. The cost for this program is $78 for the first person and $25 for each additional person. Contact the Fishing Shack at 727-576-4169.

August 7th

Fly Tying Class

Note: There are no Fly Tying classes during the month of July.

Join us for our Saltwater Fly Tying Class from 6-8 pm! We’ll show you how to make all of the flies that work well in the Tampa Bay area. Bring some basic fly-tying skills and a beverage of your choice, then enjoy an informal instructional setting. Our staff is here to assist you in developing your own style and hone your skills. Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.  Class supply fee ranges from $6 to $15.

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Gun Shop

June 24th

Handgun Caliber Familiarization Class

Fire five (5) rounds each of 380, 9mm, 38 Special Airweight, 38 Special Heavier Frame, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.

Time:  3 to 5:30 pm

Cost:  $65; Graduate of Bill Jackson’s Gun Class $45.
Includes: Classroom, range use, use of handguns, and ammo.

Space is limited. … Reservations required! Call 727-576-4169.

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June 27th

Handgun Caliber Familiarization Class

Fire five (5) rounds each of 380, 9mm, 38 Special Airweight, 38 Special Heavier Frame, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.

Time: 6 to 8 pm

Cost: $65; Graduate of Bill Jackson’s Gun Class $45.
Includes: Classroom, range use, use of handguns, and ammo.

Space is limited. … Reservations required! Call 727-576-4169.

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July 1st

Concealed Weapons Course for the Novice

Bill Jackson’s Firearm Safety Course is designed for the novice shooter over 21 to help you become familiar with the basics of handgun safety, handling and to gain confidence in your shooting, as well as meeting the requirements for your Concealed Weapons license. The course is taught by one or more of Bill Jackson’s 5 NRA-certified instructors and, upon completion, you will receive a certificate recognized by the State of Florida to apply for the Concealed Weapons license.

Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

Time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Cost: $125

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July 9th

ALICE Active Shooter Response Workshop

What will you do from the time you become aware of an active shooter until the police arrive?

This course empowers you to make your own life-saving decisions and aims to increase your chance of surviving an active shooter event.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

Our ALICE-trained instructor will use active demonstrations to show you enhanced lockdown procedures, barricading, evacuating tips and more.

Note: This is NOT a shooting course. No firearms, please.

Time: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost: $100; lunch is included.

For more information, or to sign up, call the Gun Shop at 727-576-4169.

July 15th

Concealed Weapons Course for the Novice

Bill Jackson’s Firearm Safety Course is designed for the novice shooter over 21 to help you become familiar with the basics of handgun safety, handling and to gain confidence in your shooting, as well as meeting the requirements for your concealed weapons license. The course is taught by one or more of Bill Jackson’s 5 NRA-certified instructors and, upon completion, you will receive a certificate recognized by the State of Florida to apply for the Concealed Weapons license.

Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Cost: $125

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Kayaking

July 8th

Introduction to Kayaking

This class is designed for beginning paddlers who would like to learn the fundamental techniques of kayaking. This fun and informative class can be taken either in a sit-on-top or sit-inside kayak. It runs for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and consists of instruction in our indoor heated pool and on the lake behind our shop. Class participants will learn how to get into and out of a kayak, deep-water entries and exits, paddling techniques and strokes. Cost is $78 per person or free with the purchase of a kayak from us.

Time: Class starts at 10:30 am.

Future class dates: Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 9.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call Bill Jackson’s at 727-576-4169.

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August 12th

Introduction to Kayaking

This class is designed for beginning paddlers who would like to learn the fundamental techniques of kayaking. This fun and informative class can be taken either in a sit-on-top or sit-inside kayak. It runs for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and consists of instruction in our indoor heated pool and on the lake behind our shop. Class participants will learn how to get into and out of a kayak, deep-water entries and exits, paddling techniques and strokes. Cost is $78 per person or free with the purchase of a kayak from us.

Time: Class starts at 10:30 am.

Future class dates: Sept. 9, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 9.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call Bill Jackson’s at 727-576-4169.

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Paddleboards

July 1st

FREE Stand-Up Paddleboard Class

Paddleboarding remains one of the fastest growing water sports in the country. Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 9:45 am for a free stand-up paddleboard class. Feel free to call us at 727-576-4169 for additional information.

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July 15th

FREE Stand-Up Paddleboard Class

Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the country. Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 9:45 am for a free stand-up paddleboard class. Feel free to call us for additional information.

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Scuba Diving

Starting June 26th

Basic Open Water Scuba Diver Class Mondays & Wednesdays

This course is designed for those interested in basic open water diver certification. Classes meet each Monday and Wednesday for four consecutive weeks, from 6 pm to 9:30 pm each of those nights at Bill Jackson’s indoor swimming pool. Each course includes a set of open water dives.

Class dates: June 26 and 28, July 3 and 5, 10 and 12, 17 and 19.

Dives: TBD.

Cost: Course tuition is $350, plus $59.95 for books, plus open water dive fees (varies).

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July 1st

Open Water Refresher Course

If you are already a certified diver but haven’t been diving in quite a while, this NAUI-sanctioned course is designed to reintroduce you to SCUBA diving in a safe and fun manner.

Cost: $75.

When: 6 pm.

During this 3- to 4-hour course you will review:

  • classroom topics such as Physics of Diving, Air Spaces, Medical Ailments, Underwater Environment, SCUBA gear
  • water entries
  • mask and regulator clearing, regulator recovery.
  • ascents and descents.
  • buoyancy control.

Instructor time, pool time and equipment are included.

Call the Dive Shop at 727-576-4169 for more information or to sign up.

Starting July 11th

Basic Open Water Scuba Diver Class Tuesdays & Thursdays

This course is designed for those interested in basic open water diver certification. Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday for four consecutive weeks, from 6 pm to 9:30 pm each of those nights at Bill Jackson’s indoor swimming pool. Each course includes a set of open water dives.

Classes:  July 11 and 13, 18 and 20, 25 and 27, Aug. 1 and 3.

Dives: TBA.

Cost: Course tuition is $350, plus $59.95 for books, plus open water dive fees (varies).

Future Tuesday/Thursday classes: TBD.

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July 12th

FREE Try Scuba Class

The Bill Jackson’s Try Scuba class is a FREE one-hour session designed to introduced interested persons to the sport of scuba diving so they can then determine if they want to pursue the scuba diving certifications. This Try Scuba diving event is:

Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m.

Bill Jackson’s staff members will demonstrate how to use the different kinds of scuba diving equipment and guide participants through the basics. Participants will then be allowed to get in our indoor pool, put on the scuba gear and get acquainted with one of the most popular water sports in Florida.

Participants need only to bring a swim suit (or whatever you feel comfortable getting wet in) and a towel.

Space is limited so call ahead (727-576-4169) for a reservation so we can ensure there is enough scuba equipment for everyone.

Starting July 29th

Basic Open Water Scuba Diver Class Saturdays

This course is designed for those interested in basic open water diver certification. Classes meet each Saturday for five consecutive weeks, from noon to 5 pm each of those days at Bill Jackson’s indoor swimming pool. Each course includes a set of open water dives.

Classes: July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26.

Cost: Course tuition is $350, plus $59.95 for books, plus open water dive fees (varies).

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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