2019 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium - July 17-21, 2019

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 am through Sunday, Jul 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm

In Progress / Completed
Leader: Michael Hammer
Required ratings:
SK1, SK2, SK2P, SK3

Event Information


2019 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium - July 17-21, 2019

2019 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium - July 17-21, 2019 (Grand Marais MI)


Grand Marais was picked as the location for this symposium for its protected harbor with easy access to the open waters of Lake Superior and it’s proximity to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The town also has an amazing beach in the harbor and on the exposed Superior shore. The historic village of Grand Marais is at the eastern gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore

This is a chance for to paddle sea kayaks on Lake Superior in a beautiful setting and to get quality mentorship/training outside of the club and to bring their skills back to the club. I have paddled here before as have many other club members. Pleae feel free to ask us about our experience. If you intend to register and attend, please contact me to coordinate boat and gear. Given the scheduling and costs involved, I am posting early to enable folks to plan and coordinate boat, gear, and lodging. I am also hoping that this will motivate you to develop skills through the club to enable you to make the most of the experience.

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium Website:


When: July 17-21, 2019

General Schedule:


Where: On Lake Superior in Grand Marais MI (Upper Peninsula along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore) ~ 6hrs drive from Madison.

Rating Required:SK1 and up (If you need help deciding if this is a good fit for you, please feel free to contact me directly by email.)

Why's it so great: This symposium offers several courses organized by skill level. It is run by ACA and BCU certified instructors and covers every aspect of sea kayaking.  You choose your own class schedule based on skill level. There are land and water-based instructional courses as well as guided expeditions around Lake Superior. Some examples of instructional classes are Navigation, and Surf & Waves. Guided trips are both full and half-day. You have the choice of skill-builder trips where rescue scenarios are mixed with the expedition, or you can strictly do touring.


If you intend to register and attend, please contact me to coordinate boat and gear and if you would like help choosing classes/trips.

Cost: You are responsible for symposium and lodging costs (below) and food (some meals are provided by symposium).

You will need to register through the symposium’s website and pay registration fees (more info below). If you intend to register and attend, please contact me so I can help coordinate boat and gear. Using Hoofers Club Gear makes this much more affordable.

When you look at the variety of guided expeditions and instructional opportunities the value goes a long way.  If you need sea kayak equipment we are approved to use Hoofer equipment. This saves the expense of having to rent boats/paddles/skirts.

Symposium Details and Registration


Includes: 4 days of coaching, welcome dinner Wednesday, Grand Marais High School fundraising pasty dinner Saturday and all evening social gatherings.

LODGING: There are indoor lodging options and outdoor camping right near Lake Superior. You can also camp at Woodland Park Campgound and bring a tent (your own or through the club). Links are below.




Event Type
Lesson / Training


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