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July 17 - 21, 2024

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TPOW – Core Coach Course

Join The Power of Water before the symposium for their Core Coach Training in Partnership with Todd Johnstone-Wright

Paddle UK (former BC) Core Coach Curriculum
The Core Coach Training is open to all paddlers regardless of their discipline or previous coaching experience. The Core Coach Training focuses on Who (the learner) and How (the process) we coach and support your coaching development. During this course, you will explore different approaches to understanding and enabling learning. You will also, be supported in designing your coaching development plan so that you can put your learning into practice after the

Course Prerequisites:
open to all paddlers regardless of their discipline or previous coaching experience.

If you want to attend this course for personal or professional development Paddle UK membership is not necessary. If you want to attend this training as a step toward becoming a Paddles Up/British Canoeing Coach or for CPD credit, you must hold a Full (On The Water) National Paddle UK Association Membership. 

Register through TPOW’s Website

Date: July 14th – 15th, 2024

Location: Grand Marais, MI

Cost: $350

Building Our Connection in 2024

If you’ve registered for 2024 check your email!
You are all amazing! Thanks so much for registering early to participate in the 2024 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium. The symposium is completely full. This enables us to fully engage with building your event in a way that rewards us all.
To that end, we will be sending out a few different emails that will enable us to deepen our connections to each other and the event. Topics will include gear use, logistics, ZOOM meeting, waivers, etc. We will also be piloting a closed sharing platform that will contain all this info and allow us all to meet each other ahead of the event.
First up is a simple survey to better understand your expectations for the type of paddling experience you would want to have during the event. Find the survey in your email. If you did not receive it please reach out to [email protected]

TPOW – All Mixed Up Course

The Power of Water is hosting a 2-day course prior to the symposium. Sunday and Monday, July 9th and 10th.  Take your sea kayaking skills to the next level by exploring and learning in a variety of crafts (SUP and Canoes).  Play with canoes and sups in the Grand Marais Harbor and along the break wall on day one. Day two, translate that learning into our sea kayaking while rock gardening along the cliffs of Lake Superior. Low-ratio coaching, SUP, and canoes will be provided. Meals and lodging are on your own. Contact us if you have kayak or gear needs. 

More information and registration click here

Incident management course added pre-symposium

We’ve added a 2 day incident management course for Monday and Tuesday before the symposium.

  • Risk Management
  • Decision making and group repsonsibilites
  • Rescues
  • Towing
  • Scenarios from coaches and generated by the group
  • cave rescues
  • cliff rescues (next to them, not up them!)

If you are interested in the Incident management  course, you can register at The Power of Water


Additional Camping Option for 2020

If you want to camp, we have access to the overflow area of the campground.  It is open to RVs or tents and is located on the north and east sides of the ball field.  You would still register as normal with the campground office but let them know you are staying in the overflow area.

Covid 19

This document will continue to be updated and evolve as conditions and
guidance warrants.
Our objective is to operate in an open, transparent manner that respects our
Staff, Clients and Community while still functioning as a business where

  • Follow CDC, State and local guidance
  • Each participant will maintain an accountability to themselves and to others
  • All activities are outside
  • No vaccine mandate 





Zoom Meeting

July 15-19, 2020

“This place will change your life”

Hope you are all staying well and safe.

GLSKS 2020 is still on as scheduled! Yes, we may have to make a few modifications, but we will work even harder to stay true to our commitment to you of Community – Learning – Adventure. It may look a little different as we strive to incorporate up to date guidance for COVID 19.

To that end we are hosting a ZOOM meeting for all interested in our Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium community. We will be joined by Danny Mongo from our presenting sponsor NRS. We want all of YOU to be in the loop, sharing your concerns and suggestions. Topics to cover include:

– How the event works
– Changes due to COVID-19
– Someone telling a funny story
– Your questions and concerns

MONDAY 5/18/2020 – 8PM EST

Hope to see you soon, so please JOIN us!

The GLSKS Team