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Intro to Sea Kayaking - All Day
Are you a beginner with no sea kayaking experience and no previous formal instruction? If so, this all-day Introduction to Sea Kayaking is the best way to start your weekend. If you have some informal experience or want a faster-paced class, we suggest beginning with Kayak Essentials. After completing this Intro day, you won稚 be a beginner any more! You値l be ready to enjoy Basic classes, plus Introductory and Beginner tours for the rest of the weekend.

You'll get comfortable in your boat and learn basic skills in this day-long, relaxed-pace class. We'll begin the morning getting used to the way your kayak feels. The idea is to take it slow and easy! No hurry, no pressure曜ust a fun and easy way to begin.

After getting comfortable in your boat, it's time to learn a wet exit. Your instructors will guide you through a series of steps to help you feel at ease as you exit your boat. This is a relaxed, no pressure way to learn this important safety skill.

After a lunch break on-site, we'll learn the basic strokes you need to build a strong foundation for kayaking. We値l cover going forward, stopping and turning, then we'll jump right into learning a t-rescue, an essential skill in kayaking.

We'll spend the whole day off-site at Europe Lake. Please pre-order a box lunch when you get to the symposium or plan to pack a lunch - we will not return to the symposium site for our lunch break.

After completing this class, we recommend that you continue with Basic level classes. You do not need to take Kayak Essentials which covers the same content as Introduction to Sea Kayaking but in a more compact format.

Please note that this is an all day class - register for both the morning and afternoon segments on the day you take this class.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Beginner Skills

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday8:30AM 1:30PM  bookmark session
 Friday1:30PM 5:30PM  bookmark session




Kayak Essentials
Are you a paddler who has some informal kayaking experience, perhaps a bit of paddling here and there? If you致e had limited formal instruction and consider yourself to be at a beginner level, we recommend you begin your weekend with our Kayak Essentials class. After this morning class, you値l be qualified to take Basic classes, plus Introductory and Beginner tours for the rest of the weekend.

We'll begin by covering the wet exit and the basic strokes you need to build a strong foundation for kayaking. Learn strokes to effeciently go forward, stop and turn.

Then we'll jump right into learning a t-rescue, an essential skill in kayaking. By the end of the morning, you'll feel more confident and comfortable with these basic skills.

Please note that this class covers the same basic content as our all day Introduction to Sea Kayaking class but in a more compact format. If you're brand new to kayaking we recommend you begin with Introduction to Sea Kayaking. If you have some informal experience and want a faster-paced class, we suggest beginning with Kayak Essentials.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Beginner Skills

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday8:30AM 12:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday8:30AM 12:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday8:30AM 12:00PM  bookmark session




Kayak Essentials for Women
Are you a paddler who has some informal kayaking experience, perhaps a bit of paddling here and there? If you致e had limited formal instruction, consider yourself to be at a beginner level, and enjoy learning in the company of other like-minded women, we recommend you begin your weekend with our Kayak Essentials for Women class. Covering the same material as our coed version, after this morning class you値l be qualified to take Basic classes, plus Introductory and Beginner tours for the rest of the weekend.

We'll begin by covering the wet exit and the basic strokes you need to build a strong foundation for kayaking. Learn strokes to effeciently go forward, stop and turn. Then we'll jump right into learning a t-rescue, an essential skill in kayaking. By the end of the morning, you'll feel more confident and comfortable with these basic skills.

Please note that this class covers the same basic content as our all day Introduction to Sea Kayaking class but in a more compact format. If you're brand new to kayaking we recommend you begin with Introduction to Sea Kayaking. If you have some informal experience and want a faster-paced class, we suggest beginning with Kayak Essentials.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Beginner Skills

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday8:30AM 12:00PM  bookmark session




Kayak Tune-Up
Haven稚 been in a boat for a while? Feeling a little rusty? Need to refresh your skills a bit? A good place to begin your weekend, we値l review wet exits, basic strokes and the t-rescue. Start the weekend right with a fun refresher session.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday8:00AM 11:30AM  bookmark session




Boat Control 1
Learn the finer points of boat control, the key to efficient and effective kayaking. Taught in two parts, Boat Control 1 will focus on how the boat and the body work together. We値l cover the basic movements: rotation, edging and tilt. Then we値l move into edge turns and how torso rotation works with key strokes to turn the kayak on edge.

We strongly recommend that you follow this class with Boat Control 2 during your next session. For example, if you take Boat Control 1 on Friday morning, take Boat Control 2 that afternoon. If you take Boat Control 1 Friday afternoon, take Boat Control 2 Saturday morning.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday8:00AM 11:00AM  bookmark session
 Friday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday8:00AM 11:00AM  bookmark session




Boat Control 1 for Women
Learn the finer points of boat control, the key to efficient and effective kayaking. Taught in two parts, Boat Control 1 will focus on how the boat and the body work together. We値l cover the basic movements: rotation, edging and tilt. Then we値l move into edge turns and how torso rotation works with key strokes to turn the kayak on edge.

Join the company of like-minded women as you learn kayak skills together. Of course, it痴 the same content as our co-ed classes, same high-quality instruction, same fun learning environment.

We strongly recommend that you follow this class with Boat Control 2 during your next session. For example, if you take Boat Control 1 on Friday afternoon, take Boat Control 2 Saturday morning. If you take Boat Control 1 Saturday morning, take Boat Control 2 Saturday afternoon.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session




Boat Control 2
Continue learning the finer points of boat control and pick up where Boat Control 1 left off. We値l take our edges and turns to a new level as we build on those skills. Then we値l work on techniques to develop a solid hip snap the key to braces and rolling. We値l then practice components of an effective low and high brace.

We strongly recommend that you follow Boat Control 1 with this class during your next session. For example, if you take Boat Control 1 on Friday morning, take Boat Control 2 that afternoon. If you take Boat Control 1 on Friday afternoon, take Boat Control 2 Saturday morning.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Completion of Boat Control 1

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday1:30PM 4:30PM  bookmark session
 Saturday8:00AM 11:00AM  bookmark session
 Saturday1:30PM 4:30PM  bookmark session




Boat Control 2 for Women
Continue learning the finer points of boat control and pick up where Boat Control 1 left off. We値l take our edges and turns to a new level as we build on those skills. Then we値l work on techniques to develop a solid hip snap the key to braces and rolling. We値l then practice components of an effective low and high brace.

Join the company of like-minded women as you learn kayak skills together. Of course, it痴 the same content as our co-ed classes, same high-quality instruction, same fun learning environment.

We strongly recommend that you follow Boat Control 1 with this class during your next session. For example, if you take Boat Control 1 on Friday afternoon, take Boat Control 2 Saturday morning.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Saturday8:30AM 11:30AM  bookmark session




Forward Stroke
The forward stroke is the most important and most used stroke in kayaking. Learn how to develop an efficient forward stroke that will help you avoid injury and increase your speed and endurance. We guarantee you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn!

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Anility to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday9:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session




Rescue Techniques
The more rescues you know how to perform, the more safety tools you have in your pocket. In this class you'll learn a to use a paddle float to perform a self-rescue - an important skill to get back into your boat without assistance. You'll also learn modifications to the t-rescue, use of a stirrup and Eskimo bow rescue. Wetsuits or hydroskins may be required for this class.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday9:00AM 11:00PM  bookmark session
 Friday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session




Rescue Techniques for Women
The more rescues you know how to perform, the more safety tools you have in your pocket. In this class you'll learn a to use a paddle float to perform a self-rescue - an important skill to get back into your boat without assistance. You'll also learn modifications to the t-rescue, use of a stirrup and Eskimo bow rescue. Wetsuits or hydroskins may be required for this class.

Join the company of like-minded women as you learn kayak skills together. Of course, it痴 the same content as our co-ed classes, same high-quality instruction, same fun learning environment.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Knowledge of basic strokes, wet exits and rescues

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Saturday2:00PM 4:30PM  bookmark session




Paddler's Choice
Have a skill you really want to spend more time honing and perfecting? Do you have a "trouble spot" you'd like help with? During this workshop, you tell us what you want to work on and our instructors will tailor small groups to your needs. A great way to wrap-up the weekend.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Knowledge of basic strokes, wet exits and rescues

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Sunday9:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session
 Sunday2:00PM 3:30PM  bookmark session




Intro to Kayak Rolling
Join us in the warmer water of Europe Lake for the basics of the kayak roll. Because development of your hip snap is key to rolling, we require that you take Boat Control 1 & 2 before this class, or that you have previously worked on hip snap development. During class, you'll break down the elements of a roll so you can head home to practice on your own. This 3.5-hour class includes travel time - we will arrange car pools and trailering on site.

Please note: Because space is limited, we ask that you only register for one session of Introduction to Kayak Rolling during the symposium.


Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Basic Skills
Prerequisites:Boat Control 1 & 2 or prior hip snap development

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday1:30PM 5:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday8:30AM 12:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday1:30PM 5:00PM  bookmark session
 Sunday8:30AM 12:00PM  bookmark session




Open Water Adventure
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 the fundamentals and are able to paddle effectively in more challenging conditions as we become more advanced paddlers. Mastery of paddling techniques in real-world conditions is what separates advanced paddlers from beginners.

In this instructional journey, we'll "up" the intensity by heading out into an open water environment where practice in context becomes the key to becomming a better sea kayaker. During this 3-hour class, you'll maintain a 4-mile per hour pace as you learn to use your skills within the environment. Depending on conditions that may mean experience with wind and chop, following seas, weather cocking, and certainly, plenty of time to practice your forward stroke, boat control and your roll.

This class will focus on improving already existing skills by using the environment to create teachable moments.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Skills Challenge
Prerequisites:Solid core skills

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday9:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session
 Sunday9:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session




Advanced Rescues and Towing
Practice makes perfect, so does knowing more options. We値l step it up a notch as you practice haul-ups and all-in rescues. We値l also cover towing techniques such as single-line tow, contact tow, and releasing under tow. Wetsuits or hydroskins may be required for this class.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Skills Challenge
Prerequisites:Solid ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescues

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Saturday9:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session




Wind, Waves and Surf
Gain an understanding what causes surf conditions and how they affect our paddling, launching, landing and time on the water. We will focus on understanding waves and coastal conditions, communication and paddling formations to best handle conditions, and the paddling skills needed to be successful when waves get bigger. A roll is not needed but we do require the completion of Boat Control 1 and 2, solid rescue skills and a desire for new adventures. A helmet is required to participate in the class

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Skills Challenge
Prerequisites:Solid basic skills and proficiency with rescues

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session
 Sunday8:30AM 11:30AM  bookmark session







Skill Builder Tours




Tip of the Door Skill Tour - All Day
We'll begin at Garrett Bay and paddle the Tip of the Door, all the way home to Symposium Headquarters at Rowleys Bay. Along the way we'll pass bluffs, sea caves, beaches and views of many islands. This trip covers ~ 14 miles.

This all-day adventure is designed for the Intermediate to Advanced paddler who wants to refine skills in a real world environment. While underway, we'll incorporate rescue scenarios, towing skills, boat control and more. If you're interested in BCU 3 Star Assessment in the future, this class will help you prepare.

Please pick-up a box lunch from Grandma's Bakery or plan to pack a lunch - we will not return to the symposium site for our lunch break.

Please note that this is an all day class - register for both the morning and afternoon segments.


Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Advanced Tour
Prerequisites:Experienced paddlers, comfortable paddling 3-4 miles/hour in rough water conditions.

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Saturday8:00AM 1:30PM  bookmark session
 Saturday1:30PM 5:30PM  bookmark session







Paddling Tours




Garrett Bay to Ellison Bay
We値l paddle from Garrett Bay, past the bluffs at Door Bluffs Headlands County Park and into Ellison Bay, then return. You may have a chance to try your hand at larger waves and stronger winds along the Green Bay shore. This tour is entirely on-water; there is no land stop planned. ~ 8-10 miles round trip.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Intermediate Tour
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday1:30PM 5:30PM  bookmark session
 Sunday8:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session




Tennison to Chambers Is. - All Day
We'll leave from Tennison Bay in Peninsula State Park and cross 6-7 miles of open water to Chambers Island. We'll enjoy the open water of Green Bay before stopping for lunch on a sandy beach. Weather permitting, we may stop at the lighthouse or circumvate the island before returning to Tennsion Bay. ~12-15 miles round trip.

Please pre-order a box lunch when you get to the symposium or plan to pack a lunch - we will not return to the symposium site for our lunch break.

Please note that this is an all day class - register for both the morning and afternoon segments on the day you take this tour.

Ages:16 and older
Skill Level:Advanced Tour
Prerequisites:Experienced paddlers, comfortable paddling 3-4 miles/hour in potentially rough open water conditions.

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday8:00AM 1:30PM  bookmark session
 Friday1:30PM 5:30PM  bookmark session







Relaxed Pace Tours




Mink River
Paddle through the Mink River estuary, a premier site for birds and wildlife. A relaxed and easy paddle, these tours are a great opportunity to enjoy the rich variety of life in the estuary.

Ages:all ages
Skill Level:Introductory Tour
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Sunday9:00AM 11:00PM  bookmark session
 Sunday2:00PM 3:30PM  bookmark session




Naturalist Tour - Mink River
Join Al Fairfield, a naturalist from The Door County Land Trust, as you explore the wonder of the Mink River estuary. Paddle along marshy shorelines and discover why this is such a premier site for birds and other wildlife. Learn more about efforts to preserve and protect this valuable resource.


Ages:all ages
Skill Level:Introductory Tour
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday9:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session
 Saturday2:00PM 5:00PM  bookmark session




Kangaroo Lake Relaxed Pace Tour
Experience the unique natural history of Kangaroo Lake with a few local volunteers from the Door County Land Trust. Paddle along marshy and limestone shorelines and discover the diversity of wildlife that relies on these waters and shores. Learn more about efforts to preserve and protect this valuable resource.

Ages:all ages
Skill Level:Introductory Tour
Prerequisites:Ability to demonstrate basic strokes, wet exit and rescue

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Sunday8:00AM 12:00PM  bookmark session







Youth Classes




Youth Go Kayaking 1/Refresher
Begin your kayaking journey at beautiful Europe Lake where we'll start the fun learning! Get familiar with your boat, learn to launch and land, and discover basic strokes. Plus we'll play some awesome games as we enjoy the warmer inland lake water. This can also can serve as a refresher for kids and teens who attending a past symposium.

Ages:youth ages 8-15
Skill Level:Beginner Skills

Sessions:
Day:Start Time:End Time: 
 Friday8:30AM 12:00PM  bookmark session