Well not technically a rock but an island….a grand one at that! Only a few spots remain on this exceptional trip/learning experience!
Expedition Trip Planning and Execution 101
Ever wanted to do an overnight excursion, or a 10 day trip around a remote island, but wondered if you had the skills, the planning, and the endurance to make it safe, fun, and an enjoyable experience? Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium is offering an Expedition 101 course for paddlers looking to test their mettle.
This course will be a journey around Grand Island over three days. This course will be limited to 12 students based on reserving campsites.
This course will teach the following concepts and skills:
Risk Assessment and Risk Plotting. This covers a framework for go-no-go decisions.
Marine Weather and Forecasting for the Great Lakes
What to bring and how to pack a sea kayak for an expedition.
Paddling Skills for expeditions and journeys. Safe, efficient, and effective paddling with loaded kayaks in conditions on Lake Superior, and close in to cliffs and rocks.
Launching and landing a loaded sea kayak.
Rescues, towing, and Incident Management for expeditions
Group Management and Leadership Concepts for Expeditions
This course will require significant physical effort and fitness. Participants must be prepared to paddle the distance around Grand Island.
This course will require a sea kayak with two bulkheads, and full static rescue lines around the kayak.
Drybags to store all your gear, (any last minute needs can be taken care of with Downwind Sports).
Paddle clothing, drysuit, or at minimum drytop/wetsuit combo, Sprayskirt
Paddle and a Spare paddle
Small tent, campsites are small and July will be popular with hikers along the trail.
Sleeping bag, pad,
Campstove, pots, and dishes to eat from, headlamp,
Dry warm shore clothing for 3-4 days
Food for 4 days
This course will run from July 15th- July 17th 2015
The course will begin with a shuttle from Grand Marais to Sand Point. 9 AM July 15th
The course will end Sand Point where we will have a vehicle staged with a trailer. Ending on July 17th.
What is provided
This trip will provide an awesome experience for guided discovery learning on sea kayaking while on a journey, the best classroom to take your paddling to the next level. Instruction, planning, and group management will be provided by ACA/BCU instructors.
Camping Permits will be handled by GLSKS.
What is not provided
All of the required gear and food will be needed and NOT provided by GLSKS. While the course will provide instruction it will NOT provide a guided experience, meaning participants will cook and prepare their own meals and set up their own tents and generally be ready to take care of themselves.