Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium

July 17 – 21, 2024 | Grand Marais, MI

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The Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium gives you the opportunity to have an exceptional learning experience in one of the premier sea kayaking destinations in the country. This community event is focused on collaborative and discovery-based learning facilitated by amazing coaches. The Power of Water is 


The goal is not to guide you around Pictured Rocks, we want to provide you with the skills and humility…which is the power of self-knowledge… to do that yourself. Having said that, we may as well learn and discover those things paddling around Pictured Rocks. Our coaches work with each pod to establish the goals and desired outcomes for the group. Challenges are given with in the environment to continue to support growth and development for the group. 

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July  | $595

Check out the GLSKS website for more information.

What to Expect
Situated in the beautiful coastal town of Grand Marais, which is the eastern gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we can explore this national treasure. Nearby Grand Island National Recreation Area provides an additional shoreline for exploring the cliffs and waterfalls of Lake Superior.
Check-in begins at 6:00 pm in the Community Center
We will ALL play together in Grand Marais.   The morning we’ll paddle in randomly selected groups exploring the harbor while providing the info for you to make an informed choice as to what challenge level you want for the rest of the symposium.  During lunch we’ll form the pods for the rest of the weekend.   In the afternoon you’ll paddle in your pod and refining rescues and coming up with a plan for the following day.
These days we’ll be in our pods. On both days you’ll have your liaison coach plus a different visiting coach each day.
Destinations for your pod can be locally in and around Grand Marais Harbor, or to Pictured Rocks and Grand Island.
We will be offering half-day classes to include One on One coaching sessions, Personal Video Analysis, SUP, and Paddling for FUN.
Check out the great lineup of coaches you will have the opportunity to work with.

What a great opportunity to learn, to be challenged to improve my skills, in a most beautiful area.

It is my favorite place to be! It is prefect for all skill levels, the setting is beautiful and all are welcomed.

It is a great venue with outstanding kayaking, water features, coaches, meals and participants. Highly recommended.

This place changed my life