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Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium
Cape Charles, VA USA
Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean
Sep-19-2014 - Sep-21-2014

Tel: 410-788-1241
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Join us for this fun and energizing symposium which offers classes, trips and related events for paddlers of all skill levels. The symposium is based at Kiptopeke State Park on the Virginia Eastern Shore. There will be about 10 classes to choose from each day including those for "newish" paddlers (e.g., Beyond the Basics), intermediate paddlers (e.g., Intro to Rougher Water, Intro to Surf, BCU 3* training and assessment) and more advanced sea kayakers (e.g., Advanced Surfing, Open Water Skills, Wreckage in the Wave Train).

Each year there are about 55-60 participants representing 8-10 different states.

Most participants stay together in one of the spacious and comfortable lodges at the state park. People say this is one of the things that makes the event so special, because it produces a sense of comraderie and community.

The venue is perfect. The Virginia Barrier Islands are a true wilderness area in the middle of the east coast. Moreover, from Kiptopeke State Park, we have immediate access to both the calmer waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the rougher water of the Atlantic Ocean.

The instructors are some of the best, including Jen Kleck, Alison Sigethy, Tom Noffsinger, Brian Blankinship, Tom Nickels, Ed Schiller, Jay Gitomer, Paula Hubbard, Ken Fandetti, Mike Kunselman, and Rick Wiebush.

There is always a Friday night social event (last year was the Reel Paddling Film Festival) and the wonderful Saturday night dinner and door prize give away. About half the participants end up getting door prizes, some of which are quite spectacular. They range from handy equipment (e.g., compass, bilge pump), books and videos, and free instruction or trips to really expensive paddles and PFDs.

There will again be a pre-symposium event for more advanced paddlers: 4* training with BCU Level 5 coach Jen Kleck (Sept 16-18). Also, a new symposium course offereing this year will be an ACA L4 Instructor Certification Exam, which will be offered by Tom Nickles.

The $410 cost includes all classes, lodging and the Saturday evening dinner.

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