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Symposium Highlights


A wealth of fun and learning awaits you at the 12th annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium. You'll find a wide range of activities to choose from, including on-water classes for all skill levels, on-land workshops, and a wide range of paddling tours. Read all about them under the Classes & Tours section.

New for 2017
Advanced Rescues and Towing
Porte des Morts Open Water Passage
Friday Evening Moonlight Paddle

Community Meals
One of the things that sets our symposium apart is the community we build. Part of that happens at the group meal each day. Share stories from the day with fellow paddlers at the Friday and Saturday dinners and Sunday lunch. These meals are included in the days for which you are registered.

Daytime Highlights
Sunrise Yoga
6:15-7:00am Friday and Saturday
Bring a mat or a towel and start your day out with yoga out on the marina dock.

Brown Bag Lunch Seminars
12:30-1:15pm Friday
Grab your lunch and join in on noontime workshops and discussions. You'll have the opportunities to learn a new skill, chat with other paddlers, and increase your knowledge of paddling.

Rolling Demo
12:30-1:00pm Saturday
Watch different kinds of rolls and learn the differences and similarities between Euro and Greenland approaches to rolling.

Scoop-n-Roll Ice Cream Social
12:15-1:15pm Saturday
Enjoy some ice cream while watching the entertaining demonstration on kayak rolling. Ice cream sponsored by Wilderness Systems. Yum!

Vendor Exhibits
Meet with vendors and ask questions, try gear out, and get to know the people who work for the companies you love.

Evening Highlights
Meet and Greet Social
7:30-8:30pm Thursday
An introduction of the staff, instructors and fellow participants to kickoff the weekend.

Auction to Benefit the Door County Land Trust
7:30-8:15pm Saturday
Our annual auction features items donated by Door County artists and Rutabaga vendors raising funds to support the wonderful efforts of the Door County Land Trust. In 2014 we raised $4,335. Incredible!

Evening Campfires
8:00-10:00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Enjoy a mellow end to your day with other paddlers under the stars.

FREE Beer
6:00-10:00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Enjoy a beverage on us! This IS Wisconsin. (Wine is also available for purchase)





"I finally got a chance to do something I always wanted to do."


"My biggest thrill…was sharing this experience with my 8-year-old granddaughter, who thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this paddling experience—from realizing her capabilities, paddling in waves and playing games to meeting new friends and working together with other kid paddlers to transport boats and gear."