The sun is rising later and setting earlier. If the end of summer is looking a little too close because you still have training, tripping or playing goals to accomplish, read on. Many of the Great Lakes Symposia have come and gone, but here are a few to check out.
Give them a look or call them to get involved.
(Note: This is not a comprehensive list, just a handful of opportunities FYI.)
|August 12-15||Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium
Contact: Arni Ronis, (906) 482-2500
It's this week end if you're free to travel.
|August 19-22||Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup
Slow Boat Farm, Wahkiakum County, WA
Contact: Ginni Callahan, (360) 849-4016
What's New for LoCo 2010
First, what is LoCo 2010? The 4th Annual Lower Columbia River Kayak Roundup is an instructional retreat for kayakers of all levels.
Classes last the full day, with some afternoon games, and evening presentations. Most participants and coaches camp at Slow Boat Farm, where the event is held, although there are also a number of small B&Bs nearby.
Catered Meals. Sharon's Pizza and More in Cathlamet will be working with local farmers to offer fresh, locally raised food. Breakfast, Trail Lunch, and Dinner are available. Meals will be served at the Slow Boat Farm. Pick up your trail lunch at the morning meeting.
LoCo Meet-up. Kayakers who are not taking classes are invited to go paddling together unguided. Daily routes will be recommended for various skill levels based on the weather and tides. Sign up on the regular registration form. Modest fee of $20 includes the organization of groups, screening for skill level, camping, and evening program.
Sunday Morning Social Paddles (free with a 3-day program; $20 as a Meet-up option). Enjoy paddling with friends and utilizing your new kayaking skills. Separate groups will have different levels of challenge and length of trip.
|August 26-29||Greenland Paddling Symposium
Wawa, ON, Canada
Contact: (800) 203-9092
Every August, Naturally Superior Adventures hosts Ontario’s only Greenland-style sea kayak symposium on Lake Superior. Instructors include Bonnie Perry and Doug Van Doren, two of North America’s finest Greenland-style paddlers. Perfect for first-time and experienced Greenland-style paddlers alike, registration includes the use of a handmade paddle.
Where the vast majority of Greenland-style retreats have focused on flatwater skills, Naturally Superior's Greenland-Style Paddling Symposium includes surf kayaking at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. Novice and women-only programs make this event perfect for everyone. And Sunday’s Greenland-style competition combines a sprint race and portage with rolling and traditional hunting techniques in a fun-filled format.
With a maximum registration of 50 participants, there will be lots of personalized teaching and feedback from our instructors. Registration includes a beach campsite and hearty, home-cooked meals at Rock Island Lodge, and a Saturday night house concert.
|September 10-13||Downeast Sea Kayak Symposium
Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, ME
Contact: Melinda Rice, (207) 669-2338
Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Downeast Sea Kayaking Symposium !
Dates: Friday, Sept. 10 through Monday, Sept. 13.
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
New This Year: We're mixing it up this year, offering new classes (along with the usual favorites) and dividing them into series based on skill level and interest: Fundamental Skills; Beyond the Basics; Masters Series; BCU Series; and Just for Fun. Check out class descriptions and the symposium schedule at www.carpediemkayaking.com/symposium .
The Masters Series is for experienced and trained paddlers looking to push the performance envelope even further -- much further. If you feel you qualify, please call us, as enrollment in these courses will be limited, with prior approval required.
Coaches: We've got many coaches from previous years returning including John Carmody, Scott Fairty, Christopher Lockyer, Jean Totz, Russell Farrow and Steve Maynard, plus new coaches including Nigel Robinson from Wales.
Visit the website or call us at 207-669-2338 for more information or to sign up.
|October 27-31||Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium
Tybee Island, GA
Contact: Sea Kayak Georgia, (888) 529-2542
The British Canoe Union is a widely respected school of training, we invite you to join us for your skills development and assessment in this outstanding system. We are pleased to offer BCU courses as well as skills training courses developed by Sea Kayak Georgia and some of the world's leading kayakers. Courses are available for all skill levels and everyone is invited to attend.
Sea Kayak Georgia looks forward to hosting the 2010 symposium to allow paddlers to come together as a community to give and receive knowledge, to see old friends and welcome new ones. The Symposium is planned around the highest tides of the year. The high tides lend themselves to challenging conditions for the advanced classes and flood the marshes with higher water than usual. The marshes are an excellent sheltered water training ground. Navigation through flooded creeks enables us to offer the Exploration Series and the Naturalist Day Paddle.
Group dinners will be offered. Presentations will be given by different coaches evenings around 7:30 to 8:00.
Call with questions, help you plan, and receive your registration by phone: 888 529 2542.
Check in with Geneva Kayak Center for the September Midwest Sea Kayak Skills Fest
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