Seminar puts paddlers on right path
Both beginner and veteran canoeists and kayakers can learn everything from paddling techniques to navigation basics, as well as boating safety, on Saturday when the Tampa Coast Guard Auxiliary presents its first paddle sports seminar. The seminar, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the USCG Auxiliary's headquarters (5108 West Gandy Blvd., Tampa), will teach paddle sport enthusiasts the rules of navigating waterways. Cost is $25 a person and includes textbook, completion certificate and light lunch. To register, call (813) 435-4118.
Diving for those lobsters you love
Because the two-day, summer lobster season is July 28-29, Bill Hardman of Aquatic Obsessions (6193 Central Ave., St. Petersburg) is offering a free, one-day lobster hunter workshop from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on July 23. The seminar will focus on lobster hunting, spotting, catching, eating and knowing the laws pertaining to lobster hunting in Florida. For reservations, contact [email protected] or call (727) 344-3483.
Living in our water-filled world
West Marine in Brandon (1516 West Brandon) will hold a summer celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 24-25. There will be seminars from the U.S. Coast Guard promoting boating safety, information from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a seminar on how to throw a cast net. For information, call (813) 657-5553.
Dig for treasure in that tackle box
If you're a collector of old fishing rods and lures, or if you have old fishing equipment in the garage, you might want to check out the Florida Antique Tackle Collectors show Aug. 7 at the Dolphin Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. Not only will antique gear be on display or for sale, but you can get antique gear appraised. Cost is $3 for adults, children are free. Go to FATC.net.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer