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.

Backpacking

Thru-Hiker Clinic

Upcoming dates: Nov. 3 & 4

When: 6:30-8pm on Nov. 3; 10 am-2 pm on Nov. 4

Cost: Free.

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. The Friday evening session will be about trip preparation. The Saturday session will be a gear-specific discussion of the many options.

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

Camping

Thru-Hiker Clinic

Upcoming dates: Nov. 3 & 4

When: 6:30-8pm on Nov. 3; 10 am-2 pm on Nov. 4

Cost: Free.

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. The Friday evening session will be about trip preparation. The Saturday session will be a gear-specific discussion of the many options.

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

Fishing

Fly-Casting Class

Upcoming dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Dec. 23

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.

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. 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.

Fly Tying Class

Upcoming dates: Oct. 23, Oct. 31, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Nov. 27

When: 6-8 pm every Monday, unless noted.

Cost: Free for instruction; class supply fee ranges from $6 to $15.

Join us for our Saltwater Fly Tying Class. We’ll show you how to tie all of the flies that catch fish 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.

Gun Shop

Firearm Safety Course for Women

Upcoming dates: Oct. 21, Nov. 18

When: 9:30 am–5:30 pm

Cost: $125

Bill Jackson’s Firearm Safety Course for Women 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.

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Handgun Caliber Familiarization Class, Saturdays

Upcoming dates: Nov. 25

When: 3-5:30 pm

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

Participants will get the feel of various calibers of ammunition. They will fire five (5) rounds each of 380, 9mm, 38 Special Airweight, 38 Special Heavier Frame, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.

Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

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Handgun Caliber Familiarization Class, Tuesdays

Upcoming dates: Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 28

When: 6-8 pm

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

Participants will get the feel of various calibers of ammunition. They will fire five (5) rounds each of 380, 9mm, 38 Special Airweight, 38 Special Heavier Frame, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.

Reservations are required! Call 727-576-4169.

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Concealed Weapons Course for the Novice

Upcoming dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 2

When: 9:30 am–5:30 pm

Cost: $125

Bill Jackson’s Concealed Weapons Course for the Novice 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.

Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

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Kayaking

Introduction to Kayaking

Upcoming dates: Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 9

When: 10:30 am. Class length can run 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Cost: $78 per person, or free with purchase of a kayak at Bill Jackson’s.

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. Instruction takes place 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.

Bring a towel, closed-toe shoes and clothes you can get wet. There is a minimum age of 10 years old and he/she must be accompanied by a parent (or a legal guardian).

Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

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Paddleboards

Stand-Up Paddleboard Class

Upcoming dates: Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 16

When: 9:45 am on the first and third Saturdays of the month, unless noted.

Cost: Free.

Paddleboarding remains one of the fastest growing water sports in the country. Find out why everyone is taking to the water for adventures on lakes, rivers, and oceans. Join us to learn the basics of getting up on a board, the strokes and the different styles of boards available.

Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

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Scuba Diving

Nitrox Class

Upcoming dates: Nov. 7 & 9

When: 6-9:30 pm.

Cost: $125, plus $49.95 for books.

This two-session course is designed for the open-water diver who wants to take his or her diving to the next level through the use of a better breathing gas. Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN) allows the diver to have longer bottom times, shorter surface intervals, a lower risk of the bends and reduces post-dive fatigue.

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Basic Open Water Scuba Diver Class Mondays & Wednesdays

Upcoming dates: starting Oct. 23

When: 6-9:30 pm; classes meet each Monday and Wednesday for four consecutive weeks.

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

Store founder Bill Jackson was a pioneer in teaching the sport of scuba diving to recreational divers after World War II. His tradition of safe instruction continues today. This course is designed for those interested in basic open water diver certification. Classes meet at Bill Jackson’s indoor swimming pool. Each course includes a set of open water dives.

Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

Basic Open Water Scuba Diver Class Saturdays

Upcoming dates: starting Oct. 21

When: noon-5 pm; classes meet each Saturday for five consecutive weeks.

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

Store founder Bill Jackson was a pioneer in teaching the sport of scuba diving to recreational divers after World War II. His tradition of safe instruction continues today. This course is designed for those interested in basic open water diver certification. Classes meet at Bill Jackson’s indoor swimming pool. Each course includes a set of open water dives.

Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

Try Scuba class

Upcoming dates: Nov. 8, Dec. 13

When: 7 pm.

Cost: Free.

The Bill Jackson’s Try Scuba class is a one-hour session designed to introduce interested persons to the sport of scuba diving so they can then determine if they want to pursue the scuba diving certifications. 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 a acquainted with one of the most popular water sports in Florida.

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

Reservations are required. Call 727-576-4169.

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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