Yep, tired of winter and it just started. I admit browsing the Canoepoia Gazette.
I gathered a handful of possiblities to dream about, some near and some far. All good.
This is by no means a complete or comprehensive list:
Locations for event calendars:
Sweetwater Kayaks Paddlesports Symposium
St. Petersburg, FL USA
Feb-26-2010 - Feb-28-2010
Web Site: http://www.sweetwaterkayaks.com/symposiums.html
The winter's premier paddling event is back in Florida. ACA, BCU and Greenland instruction and assessments as well as personnel skills courses for the novice to advanced. Coaching courses also. Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard courses. Sweetwater Kayaks in St Petersburg for more info.
Friday & Saturday evenings:
Social on "the deck"
Dinner & Presentation at the Banana Boat Weekends
Demos 9:00 - 10:00
Classes 10:00 - 4:00
Saturday - Shop Demo Day
Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium
When: Friday, February 26, 2010 - Sunday, February 28, 2010
Where: San Francisco, CA US
What: GGSKS is a skills symposium, not a selling event. We aim to deliver a fun and exciting weekend of sea kayaking in one of the most spectacular and dynamic locations in the world — the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay.
This event is dedicated to the sheer joy of paddling well and paddling safe. You will find a little ACA and BCU in the program, but the goal is to address paddling for the pure fun of it. Some of the best coaches in the world will be here to coach you and inspire you.
When: Friday, March 12, 2010 - Sunday, March 14, 2010
Where: Madison, WI US
What: Canoecopia is hosted by Rutabaga, a paddler-owned business in Madison,Wisconsin. Because we're paddler-owned, we're passionate about what we do. There are four main reasons we put on Canoecopia: Education and Inspiration; Exposure to Guides, Outfitters, and Schools; Charitable Giving; Access to Great Gear at Great Prices. Kayaking Event: Southwest Kayak Symposium
When: Friday, March 26, 2010 - Sunday, March 28, 2010
Where: San Diego, CA US
What: The Annual Southwest Kayak Symposium, held in San Diego on beautiful Mission Bay, is fast becoming one of the premier kayaking celebrations on the west coast! A great line-up of the top instructors from far and wide, exhibits and product demos by top manufacturers, affordable waterfront accomodations, proximity to world famous attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, and a festive atmosphere are the makings of a great event.
West Michigan Coastal Kayakers Association
Where: Camp Pendalouan, Big Blue Lake - Near Whitehall, MI
When: May 28-31, 2010
Check back for more information.
A great all round family oriented symposium.
If you have any questions regarding Symposium, email,
Kayaking Event: Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium
Kayaking Event: Door County Sea Kayak Symposium
When: Friday, July 09, 2010 - Sunday, July 11, 2010
Where: Door County, WI US
What: At the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium paddlers of all ages and abilities will enjoy a supportive learning environment and a wide range of fun and educational experiences, complete with the opportunity to connect with others who love the sport.
When; Thursday, July 15, 2010 - Sunday, July 18, 2010
Where: Grand Marais, MI US
What: The oldest kayaking symposium on the Great Lakes! Grand Marais Michigan, has a protected harbor that is ideal for class sessions and skills practice while offering a perfect starting point for unforgettable trips along the scenic Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Whether you are being introduced to kayaking for the first time or you have been on the water for years, attendees will enjoy learning from a team of qualified, highly experienced individuals who are passionate about the sport and eager to share their knowledge in a non-competitive, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere. All abilities are welcome! Kayaking Event: Ladies of the Lake
When: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - Sunday, August 15, 2010
Where: Marquette, MI US
What: The 7th annual sea kayaking symposium, sponsored by Werner Paddles and Impex Kayaks, promotes "women kayaking with women for women." During the symposium there will be instructional courses, clinics on a variety of kayaking-related topics, interesting and inspiring slide shows, as well as opportunities to try out the latest and greatest paddling gear and clothing.
This year's theme will be eating! Whether you are planning an expedition around Lake Superior or doing an overnight at Pictured Rocks, darn it — we are going to eat well!
Event: Greenland-style Sea Kayak Symposium
Wawa, ON Canada
Aug-27-2010 - Aug-29-2010
Web Site: http://naturallysuperior.com/workshops-and-events/greenland-style
Join renowned US and Canadian instructors for our 3rd Greenland Paddling Symposium. Focused on novice-to-intermediate paddlers, registration includes camping, meals, music, instruction, and use of a Greenland stick (paddle).
Limited to 40 participants.
Event: Midwest BCU Week & Sea Skills Symposium
Event: Qajaq TC (Michigan Training Camp) is a truly unique traditional paddlers gathering
August 27 - 29, 2010
The first event was in August of 2002 and, from the start, we have been affiliated with Qajaq USA. In fact, Qajaq TC was the first ‘all Greenland’ Qajaq USA event in the country.
One can rightfully state this is a full immersion event. There is no access by road, so start paddling! Our spectacular venue creates a truly intimate atmosphere. You will be among sixty (60) individuals representing a broad range of skills who want to do one thing — share and gain experience.
More Details Coming Soon...
Event: Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup
Cathlamet, WA USA
Puget Island's Slow Boat Farm
Aug-19-2010 - Aug-22-2010
Web Site: http://www.locoroundup.com/
Intensive, top notch instruction and fun times!
Lower Columbia River has spectacular paddling for all levels, from protected islands to the Pacific Ocean.
Camping and presentations will be held on Puget Island's Slow Boat Farm.
Learn, eat well, and be inspired!
Event: Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium and BCU Week
October 27 through 31, 2010
Skills Development Courses & BCU Curriculum, Star Trainings and Assessments, 4 Star Sea Training & Assessment, Canoe Star Training and Assessments, Level 1 Coach, Level 2 Coach Training & Assessment
Modules, Transfers, Updates, Exploration Series, Skills Development Courses for All levels, Naturalist Day Paddle