Here is list of additional info that might be useful to those attending this years event. We are so excited that you are interested in the Great Lake Sea Kayak Symposium! Be prepared to have fun, be surprised, and meet fellow paddlers from all over the Midwest.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW!
Pick up of registration packet begins Wednesday at 5pm and anytime after.
Sign up for classes and trips will take place Wednesday after 1pm and anytime after that. P&H Kayaks, Werner Paddles, and Kokatat Drysuits will be available for classes and trips. Please contact us in the community center to make a reservation.
In the past if someone was unable to attend we would credit their registration forward to the next year. We are no longer able to to do that. This year we are offering a full or partial refund, depending on when you cancel. If you cancal prior to January 1st we will refund 100% of your registration fee. If you let us know you can’t make it between January 1st and March 15th we will refund 75% of your registration fee. If you cancel between March 15th and June 15th we will refund half of your registration. No refunds will be given for cancelations after June 15th. If you have a rollover registration from a previous year this is your last year to use it.
USEFUL THINGS TO BRING
*On water class participants are responsible for providing their own kayaks and equipment
*A personal floatation device (PFD) must be worn at all times while on the water
*A wetsuit or drysuit is also highly recommended!
*Kayaks must have bulkheads or floatation
*Bilge pump and paddle float
*Warm Clothes for after paddling, this is the U.P. and we do have cold weather even in July!
*A bike lock if you wish to lock up your boat on the demo beach
*A great attitude!
There will be limited rentals available at the symposium. Rental items that can be reserved before the event include:
– Bilge Pump/Paddle Floats
Down Wind Sports will have a store selling all sorts of kayaking equipment and clothing. There will be a discount of 20% off all equipment including special orders for all registered participants. The store will be located in the community center and will be open early and close late! If you need to order anything prior to the event we will ship it to you at the GLSK discount and free shipping!
The demo is open to the public and will offer participants the opportunity to demo all of the latest kayaking gear, boats and clothing. This is a great opportunity to test paddle a comprehensive selection of kayaking gear before you buy! Reps will be on hand to answer any questions you might have!
Other then the Pasty meal on Saturday night, participants are responsible for their own meals including lunches on trips. There are a few restaurants and a grocery store in Grand Marais.
Please refer to the trip destination and skill level description to make a good trip choice for yourself. Skill level descriptions will be available at the trip sign-up at the community center. You must be pre-registered to participate.
*Boats must have 2 bulkheads or floatation
*PFD and wetsuit are required
*Besides kayaking gear, all participants should bring a hearty lunch, plenty of water, appropriate clothing for paddling, and extra clothes for lunch and rest breaks.
*All trips are weather dependent! If it is determined that it is not safe to travel on Lake Superior, an alternative site will be suggested.
*We will try to car pool to the put in sites on all trips.
Dressing For Paddling On Lake Superior: A Brief Look
Lake Superior can be incredibly cold even during a warm summer. For safety and comfort participants are encouraged to dress in layers. Do not wear cotton as it does not insulate well and takes a long time to dry. Please wear a wetsuit or hydroskin along with a wind breaking layer, paddle jacket or drysuit.
Base Layer: worn next to skin it should be light weight, wicking wool or synthetic
Mid Layer: this will be an insulating layer of wool, fleece, hydroskin or wetsuit
Outer Layer: this will provide protection against the elements and should be wind and waterproof. Things such as paddling jackets, drysuits, paddling shoes, paddling gloves and sun or rain hats.
The great thing about the U.P. is that there is limited cell phone coverage……the bad thing about the U.P. is it has limited cell phone coverage! If you have an emergency or your family needs to get in contact with you- please provide them with these numbers:
Alger County Sheriff — 906.387.4444
Woodland Park Campground — 906.494.2613
Bill Thompson Organizer — 906.361.0083
Still have questions? Please don’t hesitate to call or contact Bill Thompson at bill@downwindsports or 906.226.7112
There are no refunds after signing up for the event.