The registration deadline for the Adirondack Canoe Symposium, taking place from July 14-17 at Paul Smith’s College, is Friday, June 30. The symposium offers instruction for people wishing to improve paddling and precision boat control skills.
The Symposium is taking place concurrently with the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Assembly, an opportunity to learn about the historical aspects of canoeing, meet canoe builders, and see hand-crafted wooden canoes. There will also be an interpretive freestyle exhibition and a candlelight paddle.
Courses are being offered in all skill levels, both solo and tandem, for beginning canoeist through those who have been paddling all their lives. The curriculum is based on freestyle concepts, using the natural physics of boat, body, and blade to paddle efficiently and precisely. Classes are being taught by American Canoe Association certified instructors who can assess skills and work at an appropriate pace and comfort level to help accomplish paddling goals. No special gear is required; all that’s needed is a canoe, paddle, PFD, kneeling pad, and the desire to learn something new. Instructors will teach in the canoe participants bring.
For more information, visit the FreeStyle Canoe website at freestylecanoeing.com. Questions can be directed to Robyn Lowenthal at Catboat3@gmail.com or (201) 314-4462.
Photo courtesy C.E. Wilson.