Archive for March, 2010

Kayak Immersion Weekend: April 13 and 14, Charleston, Oregon

Date: April 13 and 14

Location: Charleston, Oregon

Description: Join Helen Wilson for a full weekend of Yoga for Paddlers, Simplifying the Roll, Fun – Balance and Games, Greenland Rope Gymnastics (interactive demonstration) or harpoons, Paddle Tricks, Simplifying the Rescue and Open Water Skills.

Private classes are available on April 12.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail

Simplifying the Roll: August 21, Lander, Wyoming

Date: August 21

Location: Lander, Wyoming

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

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail

Simplifying the Roll (during Explore North Coast’s event, The Social): April 17, Big Lagoon, California

Date: April 17

Location: Big Lagoon, California

Description: 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 in this class can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail

DVD Released: May 7

Helen’s instructional rolling DVD will be released. For information or pre-orders, email

Nordic Tour: June 17 to August 14

Date: June 17 to August 14
Location: Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Estonia
Description: Helen and Mark will be traveling through Europe teaching classes in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Estonia. Please check back as this list will continue to be updated.

June 20 to 23 – Copenhagen, Denmark

June 25 / 26 and 28 / 29 – Billdal, Sweden

July 1 to 2 – Hundested, Denmark

July 5 to 6 – Grebbestad, Sweden

July 7 to 8 – Karlstadd, Sweden

July 11 – Mora, Sweden

July 13 to 14 – Hunnebostrand, Sweden

July 20 to 21 – Bergen, Norway

July 27 – Malmo, Sweden

July 28 – Karlshamn, Sweden

July 29 to 31 and August 2 to 4 – Nynashamn, Sweden

August 7 – Sandhamn, Sweden

August 9 – Sickla, Sweden

August 10 to 11 – Helsingborg, Sweden

August 12 – Stockholm, Sweden

Contact: For more information, e-mail

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium: July 13 to 17, Grand Marais, Michigan

The oldest kayaking symposium on the Great Lakes. Grand Marais, Michigan, has a protected harbor that is ideal for class sessions and skills practice while offering a perfect starting point for unforgettable trips along scenic rocks

Private Group Retreat: August 22 to 26

Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium – February 2010

The Pacific Ocean can always promise one thing… unpredictability, which of course means that participants at this year’s Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium shouldn’t have been surprised by the heavy rain, crazy wind and even the tsunami warning. The website for the event states, “Spring tides and powerful Pacific swells will ensure challenging conditions for even the most seasoned paddlers.” No kidding!

I arrived at the Marin Headlands Hostel the evening of February 25. Friendly and familiar faces surrounded me. That’s one of the things that I love about symposiums, they often feel like family reunions. The evening was relatively mellow. Coaches met with one another to discuss final plans for class formats. Duane Strosaker and I would be teaching a Greenland style class together on Friday and Sunday and spent some time working on the agenda.

Working with Duane was an absolute delight. We began our classes with a warm up, then Duane taught strokes, while I taught rolling, and in the afternoon we played in current and the famous Yellow Bluff tide race, which I had never before seen quite so “active.” Back at the hostel we worked with interested participants on rope gymnastics, a fitness and training program for Greenlanders when the weather is too cold to practice rolling a qajaq (the traditional spelling for kayak).

On Saturday I helped out with the Mastering Boat Control class, and enjoyed working with several instructors on skills that I am not used to teaching. The class had a strong emphasis on strokes, and students spent the morning figuring them out on flat water, and the afternoon using those same skills in the dynamics of wind, waves and current.

All in all, the event was a huge success. Thanks to Matt Palmariello and Sean Morley for pulling off an amazing symposium with a real emphasis on skill development. I look forward to next year’s event.

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