Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS): March 26 to 29, Lake Placid, Florida

Dates: March 26 to 29

Location: Lake Placid, Florida

Description: Do you want to learn how to efficiently paddle using a traditional “skinny stick?” Learn to roll, or finally perfect that forward finishing hand roll? Always wanted to throw a harpoon or paddle a traditional skin-on-frame qajaq? TRAQS is the event for you, whether you’re just starting or you’re an advanced paddler.

Our mission is to spread the joy, benefits and cultural aspects of Greenland paddling in Florida. We adhere to the Greenlandic and Qajaq USA principles of mentoring and sharing our passion, skills and knowledge.

Contact: For more information, click HERE.

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat: October 10 to 13, Lewes, Delaware

Date: October 10 to 13

Location: Lewes, Delaware

Description: Since 2001, the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat has transformed to become the first all Greenland, traditional paddling event of its kind in the United States. It has increasingly moved towards an extended gathering of Greenland enthusiasts. Participants share traditional skills, boat construction and the implications of traditional origins on modern kayaking. The event includes distinguished invited speakers and world class demonstrations and workshops.

Contact: www.delmarvapaddlersretreat.org

Balance and Games: October 1, Portland, Oregon

Date: October 1

Location: Portland, Oregon

Description: Fun, Balance and Games is an excellent way to learn boat control while developing a stronger relationship between the body, the kayak and the water. Throughout the morning we’ll play with rescues, balance control and games in flat water. This is a fun class, with an emphasis on laughter and water play. Students will learn to think outside the box while developing necessary balance and bracing skills. Scenarios will be given that, as a group, we’ll find solutions to. This is an excellent class for those hoping to develop confidence in the water while working on necessary skills in a playful way.

Contact: For more information, click HERE.

Jamaica Circumnavigation Attempt

On Sunday, Dec. 28, sea kayakers Mark Tozer, Helen Wilson and Wes Moses will begin an attempted circumnavigation of Jamaica, the largest island of the Commonwealth Caribbean. To their knowledge, they will be the first people to attempt this circumnavigation, which totals 635 miles. They will start and finish in the historic Port Royal, and paddle counter-clockwise. Their plan is to finish by the end of January.

Simplifying the Roll and The Art of Teaching Rolling: April 27 and 28, Horseshoe Cove, California

Dates: April 27 and 28

Location: Horseshoe Cove, California


Simplifying the Roll: Topics that can be covered include first rolls, other-side rolls, layback paddle rolls, forward finish paddle rolls, norsaq rolls, hand rolls and beyond. The techniques examined can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak.

The Art of Teaching Rolling: Helen Wilson will take you through her step-by-step method of teaching rolling. Both physical and psychological aspects of the roll will be examined. Dress for immersion. Please note that most of this class will take place standing in the water, and for most participants a kayak is not needed.

Contact: These classes are offered through the Bay Area Sea Kayakers.

2016 National Paddlesports Conference: November 11 to 13, Sausalito, California

Dates: November 11 to 13

Location: Sausalito, California

Description: The ACA provides a range of recreational opportunities and has been established as one of the premier standards of paddlesports safety and education. As part of the ACA’s leadership role in the paddlesports community, they have initiated this conference to target all facets of the paddlesports community.

Contact: For more information, click HERE.

BCU Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning: March 23, Anglesey, Wales

Date: March 23

Location: Anglesey, Wales

Description: The aim of this one-day classroom based training program is to give participants the necessary tools to plan and navigate effectively on open water journeys in advanced sea conditions. It is suitable for paddlers wishing to improve their seamanship knowledge and ocean awareness in order to undertake challenging journeys that may include islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or winds of up to force 5 .

Upon completion, each participant should have planned at least two journeys involving open crossings that they can take home as reference for further personal trip planning. This course is designed to compliment areas covered in the BCU 5 Star Sea Award and is a prerequisite for the training course.

The course will include the following aspects:

• Interpreting sources of information required to plan trips.
• Vector calculations and applying them to open crossings.
• Tactics for negotiating coastlines with no landing zones and /or tide races and overfalls.
• Advanced pilotage techniques in poor visibility or hours of darkness.
• The role of the coastguard.
• Planning tasks and practical exercises.

Prerequisites: Completion of a BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, or recognised equivalent.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

Qajaq Immersion Day: March 23, Anglesey, Wales

Date: March 23

Location: Anglesey, Wales

Description: Join Helen and Mark for a full day of Yoga for Paddlers, Simplifying the Greenland Roll, Simplifying the Greenland Stroke and Ocean Skills. Rolling topics that can be covered include first rolls, other-side rolls, layback paddle rolls, forward finish paddle rolls, norsaq rolls, hand rolls and beyond. During the strokes part of the day we’ll examine the principles of power, pressure and posture as they relate to the Greenland paddle. The techniques examined in this class can be used with any type of kayak.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

Intermediate / Advanced Leader and Trip Planning Training: March 24 to 28, Anglesey, Wales

Date: March 24 to 28

Location: Anglesey, Wales

Description: This five day program is designed for sea kayakers wanting to develop their skills and awareness in more challenging conditions, as well as for those who wish to become qualified leaders in this environment. We will cover the essential leadership, personal paddling, navigation and safety skills necessary to enable participants to fully prepare for their BCU 4 Star or 5 Star Sea Assessment.

Through on-water and classroom based activities, the program will explore the principles of planning / anticipation; communication / group management; route choice and positioning. We will be using local venues to Anglesey including tide races and offshore islands, although some travelling maybe necessary to make use of the weather and sea conditions. Completion of the program will lead to a personalised action plan in preparation for any future assessments or personal paddling goals.

The following areas will be covered:

Personal Paddling Skills

• Launching and landing
• Efficient forward paddling
• Effective manoeuvring and boat control
• Navigation on the water and in poor visibility
• A range of self-rescues
• Rolling in rough water

Rescue Skills

• Application of appropriate rescue skills
• Different towing methods

Safety, Leadership and Group Skills

• Application of leadership principles
• Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making
• Safety awareness and risk management
• Group control and management tactics
• Paddler welfare and community building
• Incident management


• Equipment
• Safety (including coastguard and rescue services)
• Weather
• Hypothermia / First aid
• Access
• Planning
• Group awareness and management
• Navigation
• General (and historical)
• Leadership responsibilities
• Water features / hazards

Prerequisites: BCU 4 Star standard.

BCU Information: For syllabus details, visit the BCU website.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

DGI Sea Kayak Winter Festival 2014: January 17 to 19, Jutland, Denmark

Date: January 17 to 19

Location: Jutland, Denmark

Description: This will be a fun weekend in the cold quiet season. This year’s event is the most comprehensive winter festival to date, with exciting workshops. The instructors are Jeff Allen, Mark Tozer, Helen Wilson, Sonnich Nielsen, Klaus Wessmann and Michael Sørensen.

Contact: Registration begins Monday, Jan. 2. https://events.dgi.dk/start.aspx?an=201409513018. For more information, e-mail michael@city-map.dk.

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