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July 17 - 21, 2024

"This place will change your life"




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Our goal is not to guide you around Pictured Rocks (I think Uncle Ducky’s has that cornered), we want to provide you with the skills and humility…which is the power of self-knowledge… to do that yourself. Having said that, we may as well learn and discover those things paddling around Pictured Rocks!
Check-in begins at 6:00 pm in the Community Center. Street taco dinner followed by sorting our gear and rentals.
We will ALL play together in Grand Marais.   The morning we’ll paddle in randomly selected groups exploring the harbor while providing the info for you to make an informed choice as to what challenge level you want for the rest of the symposium.  During lunch, we’ll form the pods for the rest of the weekend.  After lunch we’ll have demo boats on the beach for you to explore. We’ll assign pods based on challenge levels and introduce you to your coaches. In the afternoon you’ll paddle in your pod and refine rescues and come up with a plan for the following day.
These days we’ll be in our pods. On both days you’ll have your liaison coach plus a different coach each day.
Destinations for your pod can be locally in and around Grand Marais Harbor, or to Pictured Rocks and Grand Island. You’ll work with your pod to set goals for learning and development and work together in beautiful locations to grow as paddlers.
We will be offering half-day classes on Sunday. You will be able to sign up for these sessions on Saturday night. Some sessions could include One on One coaching sessions, Personal Video Analysis, SUP, and Paddling for FUN.
Check out the great lineup of coaches you will have the opportunity to work with.
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