Day 1 will be made up of a pre-symposium paddle to get comfortable with your equipment and a chance to get out and experience the waters around Haines. The pre-symposium paddle wil be appropriate for all skill levels. Participants will break into groups according to general skill level (Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3) and paddling abilities on the morning of Day 2. Once the groups have been established the instructor and participants will determine the skills to be developed in the sessions on day 2 and 3. Evenings will have opportunities for everyone to get together and socialize along with a dinner and speaker on Saturday evening.
Wind to 10 Knots
Flat to 1 foot chop
0-8 miles distances
Paddle stroke introductions and development
Body to boat connection
Wind to 15knots
1-3 foot seas
1-2 foot surf
Distance 0-15 miles
Managing wind and waves
Intro to surf
Expedition Tools and planning
Wind over 15 knots
Seas over 3 feet
2-4 foot surf
Sky is the limit
Dinner and meet and greet Day1
Dinner and Speaker Day2
horderves and debrief Day3
Lodging while in Haines
Breakfasts, Lunch and snacks
Kayaking and associated equipment
(limited rentals available)
(limited rentals available)
Schedule of Events
We meet in the morning for a pre symposium paddle. After a brief safety orientation we will shove off and spend the morning paddling the waters around Haines, Alaska. Breaking for lunch and to stretch our legs mid day. This time of year there is a great opportunity to view marine mammals as well as large groups of migratory birds stopping off on there way to the arctic. Once we have finished our break we will paddle on eventually reaching our take out location and a ride back to Haines.
In the evening we will gather for a meet and greet and the official kick off of the 2023 SE Alaska Sea Kayak Symposium. Dinner, pizza, will be provided at the Haines Brewing Company tasting room, with beer availble for purchase.
0830 Meet at the SEAK Expedition headquarters in downtown Haines Alaska to sort out gear and get into our groups for the day.
0930 Depart for the put in and pre paddle safety orientation.
1030 spend the morning getting comfortable in your kayaks and adjusting gear. At this time your group will also decide on the subject matter for the afternoon session as well as the Sunday sessions
1330 Spend the afternoon working through the subject matter with your instructor on the skills chosen by your group
1630 Paddle to Take out and return to Haines
1830 Dinner and speaker.
0830 meet at SEAK Expeditions Headquarters to sort any gear needed.
0930 Depart for the put in and the morning session.
1330 Afternoon session continuing to work through your group skills development.
1630 paddle back to the take out and the ride to Haines.
1830 2023 Symposium debrief at the Port Chilkoot Distillery, snacks provided and cocktails available for purchase.
We do have a limited amount of rental equipment at discounted rates for the symposium weekend.
Contact us for availability and rates
We will have demo equipment availble at discounted rental rates from the following manufacturers.
Salamander Paddling Gear
We will also have equipment for sale at a 10% discount so if you like something you try ask us about availability.
Owner of SEAK Expeditions,
20+ years of guiding and instruction experience,
ACA L3 Instructor,
USCG 50 ton Captain,
SAR Dog Handler/Trainer with SEADOGS.
Owner of Alaska Rescue,
40+ years of guiding and instruction experience,
USCG 100 Ton Captain,
Retired Capital City Rescue FF, EMT.
To Be Announced