Skill Rating of Classes & Tours
We strongly suggest that you review determining your skill level before you develop your schedule. Then have at it! Read about all our classes and tours, and sort by skill or time to help narrow down your choices.
When registering you will be asked to choose a first and second choice for each session so please keep this in mind while browsing. Use the bookmark feature to help you build your schedule.
All sea kayaking begins with fundamental skills such as those taught at this symposium. We don't use different skills as we improve as paddlers, we refine these fundamentals and are able to paddle in more challenging conditions as we become more advanced paddlers. Mastery of fundamental paddling techniques in real-world conditions is what separates advanced paddlers from beginners.
Beginner Skills: For paddlers with little to no sea kayak experience or formal instruction. These classes teach the essentials needed to get off to a safe start.
Basic Skills: For paddlers with some sea kayaking experience or formal instruction. These classes are the meat of the symposium. Build on the fundamentals you need to progress along your kayaking path.
Skills Challenges: For paddlers with proficient fundamental skills. These classes will help refine your skills or put them to use with more exposure to the environmental conditions of open water. Sea kayaks of 15' and longer required for these classes to be sure that you are able to comfortably and safely keep up with the group in potentially rough conditions.
Introductory Tours: Shorter, relaxed tours that are less challenging and are on calm, protected waters. The focus is on scenery, not the need for technique.
Beginner Tours: An introduction to kayaking on larger bodies of water. Gain experience using fundamental skills at a relaxed pace. Distance 4-6 miles.
Intermediate Tours: Tours that require good fundamental skills in order to handle distances of 8-10 miles and variable conditions. Sea kayaks of 15' and longer required for these tours to be sure that you are able to comfortably and safely keep up with the group in potentially rough conditions.
Advanced Tours: Full day tours putting solid technical skills to use covering 12-15 miles at a 3-4 mile/hour pace. Sea kayaks of 15' and longer required for these tours to be sure that you are able to comfortably and safely keep up with the group in potentially rough conditions.
We ask for your cooperation when prerequisites are listed. Prerequisites are one way we can be sure that everyone is in a class that is appropriate for their skill level. For your own safety and out of courtesy for others, please be sure you meet all the listed prerequisites when registering for classes and tours. If you have a question, contact us and we can help.
Prerequisites can also help you figure out your course progression for the weekend. For example, because having a good hip snap makes a rolling class much more successful, boat control classes are a prerequisite for kayak rolling classes.
You will select your classes and tours when you register, but you can always change your mind! We're happy to help you make changes to your schedule, based on course availability. Your registration confirmation will tell you how to do so.
Note: All classes and tours are subject to change based on weather and water conditions.
"The best part about the symposium was being in a community of paddlers in a supportive atmosphere. I prefer solo paddling and getting away from the crowds but I was touched deeply by the positive energy of so many leave-no-trace, silent sports people."
"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."