2023 South East Alaska Sea Kayak Symposium

SE Alaska Sea Kayak Symposium 2023

Dates (3 days)

Dates May 5-7  


Haines, Alaska



SE Alaska Sea Kayak Symposium

The 2023 Sea Kayak Symposium is not a tour but rather an opportunity to gain the skills and experience to explore by sea kayak on your own.  Join us and fellow paddlers for a weekend of knowledge based fun, in a world class sea scape.          

Symposium Overview


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.

Level 1  

Paddling Conditions

Wind to 10 Knots

Flat to 1 foot chop

0-8 miles distances

Session Possibilities

Paddle stroke introductions and development

Body to boat connection


Skill Building

Boat Handling






Wind to 15knots
1-3 foot seas
1-2 foot surf
Distance 0-15 miles

Session Posibilities
Rough water
Managing wind and waves
Intro to surf


Surf landings

Expedition Tools and planning





Wind over 15 knots
Seas over 3 feet
2-4 foot surf

Session Possibilities

Sky is the limit







Professional Instruction

Dinner and meet and greet Day1

Dinner and Speaker Day2

horderves and debrief Day3

Discounts with local businesses including




Sporting goods

Not Included

Lodging while in Haines

Breakfasts, Lunch  and snacks

Kayaking and associated equipment

(limited rentals available)


(limited rentals available)

Schedule of Events

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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

1230 Lunch

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 at the Old Field Kitchen, provided by Chef Travis Kukull owner of Malo Nista Catering.

 Presenter -  Dick Rice

40 years of wonderment in Alaska's Natural World through the eyes of a kayaker and naturalist

Day 3

 0830 meet at SEAK Expeditions Headquarters to sort any gear needed.

0930 Depart for the put in and the morning session.

1230 Lunch

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, hor d'oeuvres provided by Chef Travis Kukull of Malo Nista Catering 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.

NDK Kayaks

Trak Kayaks

Nautiraid Kayaks

Lendal Paddles

Gearlab Paddles

Salamander Paddling Gear

Astral Designs

Immersion Research

We will also have equipment for sale at a 10% discount so if you like something you try ask us about availability.


Joe Oesterling

Owner of SEAK Expeditions,

20+ years of guiding and instruction experience,

ACA L3 Instructor,

USCG 50 ton Captain,


SAR Dog Handler/Trainer with SEADOGS.

Dick Rice

Owner of Alaska Rescue,

40+ years of guiding and instruction experience,

USCG 100 Ton Captain,

Retired Capital City Rescue FF, EMT.

Additional Instructors

To Be Announced



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