Determining your skill level is the key to selecting the classes and tours that are most appropriate for you. Here's a quick guide to skill levels for the symposium. Pick the skill level that best describes your paddling experience and ability, then use that as a guide as you select your classes and tours.
If you're a beginner: you have no sea kayaking experience and no formal instruction. This may be one of your first times in a kayak.
If you're a novice: you have some kayaking experience on lakes other than a local pond, and have had some formal instruction. You consider yourself to be at a basic level.
If you're an intermediate paddler: you have some sea kayaking experience on large lakes with waves up to 2ft, and have had formal kayaking instruction. You know the fundamental strokes, are comfortable tipping over with a spray skirt on, and can get back in your kayak with assistance.
If you're an advanced paddler: you are experienced paddling on great lakes, have solid sea kayaking skills, and have had formal kayaking instruction. You can cover 12-15 miles, at a 3-4 miles/hour pace, and handle waves 3ft or bigger.
"I finally got a chance to do something I always wanted to do."
"I feel like this weekend was made for me (a 45-year-old with extensive paddling time, but modest training.)"