July 15-19, 2020
"This place will change your life"
COVID-19 RESPONSE AND PLAN
This document will continue to be updated and evolve as conditions and
guidance warrants. “Response” refers to actions taken based on available
guidance. “Plan” refers to ongoing actions implemented to operate within CDC,
State and Industry guidance.
Our objective is to operate in an open, transparent manner that respects our
Staff, Clients and Community while still functioning as a business where
3/6 – 5/6 2020
– Postponed International travel until further notice (step taken prior to
– Postponed all pool sessions
– All domestic programming postponed
– Retail store closed. Deep cleaning and disinfecting
– Staff meeting to develop actions and protocols moving forward
– Designated Scott Fairty as a critical employee
– Regular cleaning and disinfecting of all contact points in shop
– 3 Step Health screening and reporting for any employee to employee in
– Cancelled all remaining pool sessions
– Proactive lines of communication with participants of scheduled
programs. Valuing and weighing all concerns brought forward.
– Started curbside pickup with PPE available for staff and clients
– Tissue, no touch trash receptacles sanitizer and frequent cleaning
disinfecting of contact points inside and outside of the store
– CDC based signage posted in store
– Continued participation and collaboration in webinars and remote
meetings to understand the responsible way forward with SBAM, ACA,
– Follow CDC, State and Local guidance to the best of our abilities
– Continue to evolve and manage our ongoing response
– 4 Step Health screening (temp, symptoms, exposure and travel) for ALL
participants prior to courses
– No attendance by any sick staff or participant regardless of sickness, to
store or course
– No shared gear during programs
– Social distancing guidelines to the degree possible throughout all
– Class sizes reduced to 6 – includes students, coaches and assistants
– Regular cleaning and disinfecting of all common areas, touch points and
hard surfaces throughout outdoor courses and when store operations
– Facial coverings required indoors and where SD is not possible
– Flexible return policy clearly posted throughout website and registration
– Mandatory acknowledgements of the risks and mitigation strategies
regarding communicable disease prior to and at the beginning of all
– Continued further education and participation in CDC, Industry and SBA
C19 learning opportunities
– Sanitizer, gloves, face coverings available for all participants
– Testing when and if available
– Lodging: Groups limited to 10 with private sleeping areas, 3-1 bathroom
ratios, isolated food prep and scheduled multiple times a day cleaning
and disinfecting of shared lodging. On water class still limited to 6 total
– Shuttles: Driver and 1 passenger, windows open, front and back seating,
facial covering, vehicle touch points disinfected before and after each
– 24 hour pre-clean and disinfecting of all lodging prior to client arrival
– Operating courses in environments well within our Staff’s comfort zone
– Development of “Coaching in the era of Social Distancing workshop and
course. Required for staff.
– Continued daily evaluation and analysis of our programs and protocols
Trey Rouss – Owner
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
Now we are only a little over a week away! We wanted to bring a few items to your attention that we think will make this event run smoother than ever before:
You will find our rough schedule attached here as well as a waiver. Please look these over and fill out the ACA Waiver. You do not need to be an ACA member, but if you are please write in your number. BRING hard copies of this with you to registration on Wednesday.
With the response from last year, we will be having Adam and Aidan crank out some KILLER FOOD for us again. The Street Tacos and Pasties were included in your registration. Our Local Whitefish Fish Fry by the boys is $15 and it was said to be the best ever by many who attended last year. That happens on Thursday night. We will also do Hot, House Crafted Breakfast Sandwiches each morning. Those go for $5 (yes, we have veggie on request). And of course COFFEE from The Kalamazoo Coffee Company! $3 for your mug filled.
RETAIL – We will have a limited amount of Werner paddles, Astral Shoes and PFDs, and demo boats from CD and P&H. We STRONGLY encourage you to grab the little stuff from your local paddle shop! The effort and logistics does not translate for us to set up a shop at this event.
THE NATIONAL LAKESHORE – The Park is becoming much stricter on it’s Group Use policies this year. So, we will be needing to manage our presence inside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore a bit differently. Please be prepared to carpool and have your personally trailered boats loaded onto a Big Trailer. We will bring plenty of pool noodles to protect them. More details Wednesday night.
EXPEDITION COURSE: If you are planning on participating in this course and have not heard from Keith Wikle, please let us know ASAP!
Summer is finally here! Our event is full and we are all super stoked to go paddling with each and everyone of you!
Please call me with ANY questions. Trey – (517) 927-3859
The GLSKS Team
Werner Paddle Stuck Ferrule Button Hack
We all love the way a Werner paddle connects us to the water, we also have seen the other side of that love when we cannot get our $400 paddle to stay together. The good news is that this is usually the result of paddling in a sandy location, bad news is that your paddle shaft has invariably saved some of that sand to frustrate you on your next time out.
Over the years I have pounded that shaft on logs, rocks and boats and jammed sticks, screwdrivers and even an old car antenna up in there just to get out on the water with my favorite paddle. Those abusive methods work sometimes but are not addressing the cause. What usually happens is that very fine sand particles are getting embedded in the plastic of the ferrule assembly. Generally this isn’t the sand ON the beach but the sand IN the water AT the beach. Sometimes this suspended sand and water mixture will include salt (lucky you) or some sort of microscopic plant material. Once this dries and cures up in there it is much harder to remove.
So here are a few solutions and preventatives to the stuck button:
Button is already stuck
– Blast it with compressed air from the inside AND outside
– Vigorously soak it in a bucket of water spiked with a splash of 303 (why not, we use it for everything else)
– Using a long small headed standard screwdriver or awl, gently activate button from inside AND out
– Be patient and repeat 10-20 times or until the button starts to regain it’s rebound
– Be patient and repeat another 10 times
– See preventatives below
– Put your paddle together at the truck and take it apart at the truck
– Thoroughly rinse ASAP after paddling with FRESH water back at the house or campground
– While rinsing continue to activate the ferrule
– Do NOT use any type of lubricant, it will only makes it worse
Hope this helps, it has definitely worked for me. And by the way…..Werner has never heard of this being an issue. Ha, ha….we love our Werner Paddles.
THE POWER OF WATER
share. play. protect.
USED and DEMO boats 30-50% off!
All in excellent condition (except the Delphin 150, just good).
Aries 150 $2700 (4000),
Aries 155 Expedition Layup $3600 (5400),
Delphin 150 $950 (1999),
Scorpio LV for $1200 (2099
Islay 14 or 14 LV $750 (1400),
Islay 12 or 12LV $650,
Hurricane Sojourn 146 or 146 LV $900 (1499),
Flex 11.5 $500 (850),
Hurricane Sojourn 126 $750 (1299).
Give me a shout for more photos. Trey 517-927-3859.
Happy New Year!
Congratulations to Lavon Court. She wins the early, early 2018 GLSKS registration raffle and a $500 gift certificate to The Power of Water!
We are working hard on adding to this already AMAZING event. These are just some of the things on tap:
- Grand Marais and Pictured Rocks
- Street Taco Welcome Dinner on Wednesday night
- Fresh perspectives from Chris Hipgrave, Bill Vonnegut and Traci Lynn Martin
- “Hey Sunshine” morning coffee and tea station featuring the beans of Kalamazoo Coffee Company
- 2 nights of live music
- Commemorative tech T-shirt
- Pasty Dinner Fundraiser
- All of you and your positive energy
We are starting a new early registration drive that includes the T-shirt, both dinners AND entry into a raffle for a $250 gift certificate from The Power of Water. So take out that calendar and get signed up by March 31st!
To ensure the delivery of a high quality experience, we are limiting participation to 80 of you. So make sure you are a part of the fun.
This place will change your life.
Trey and the GLSKS team.
GLSKS is proud to present Chris Hipgrave and his presentation of the Antarctic Peninsula for 2018!
Antarctic Peninsula Trip:
In 2016 Chris undertook an adventure of a lifetime, literally. When he was a boy growing up in the UK, he had a front row seat at the Telly watching British troops investigate and reclaim Falkland Islands and was captivated by the rugged beauty of the place. More than 4 decades later he found himself exploring the seas and shores himself from the cockpit of his kayak. Join Chris for his Antarctic Peninsula slide show as he takes us with him on his 6 week journey.
“Introduced to kayaking while at school, the sport opened my eyes to a World of competition and exploration. That wonder and excitement is still burning stronger than ever today. Fueled by a passion for all things paddle-sports, I’ve competed through out the World in a wide variety of disciplines and explored from the snow capped Bhutanese Himalayas, to South America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Antarctic Peninsula, but will always find my way back home to the intimate beauty of North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains.
Get out and explore your World. It’s smaller than you think and more incredible than you could ever imagine.” – Chris Hipgrave
Chris is a sponsored paddler for Pyranha kayaks, P&H Kayaks, Epic Kayaks, Kokatat, and Werner Paddles. You can keep up with the adventures and deeds of Chris by visiting his webpage a www.chrishipgrave.com
GREAT LAKES SEA KAYAK SYMPOSIUM
community. learning. adventure.
"This place will change your life"
Well, you all really did it. Thanks you so much for making our first experiment a success. I am very excited to practice and implement all that I learned at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium this year and take 2018 to a whole other level.
The week was quite a blur and filled with too many special moments to isolate here. I think our group of photographers did an outstanding job of capturing the essence of the experience of the event. Community. Learning. Adventure. They deserve a huge shout out. April. Geoffrey. Jacob. Our volunteers delivered big as well, much appreciation. Kathy. Fiona. Marta. Deb. Lisa. All our coaches killed it too (their jobs, not you), as we knew they would. And Doug, Kelly and Scott brought it as usual.
Lake Superior stepped up as she always does and brought us beautiful warm, calm days to start and finished with a playful session of legit surf on Sunday! Grand Marais was Grand Marais, enough said.
I do need to share one story anonymously. It kind of stressed me out to be quite honest. I was challenged by an amazing woman who told me on Wednesday that the only reason she signed up was because we said “this place will change your life”. And then each day she found me to provide an update and hold me to that commitment. The task was not mine but YOURS. Congratulations, one down and the world to go!
We have some special surprises in store so keep in touch. Oh, and Lisa Mary WILL sing for us next summer!
P.S. If you haven’t filled out the survey yet, please take a few minutes now to let us know your opinion.
GLSKS is pleased to welcome singer Lisa Mary to perform on Saturday, July 22 in Grand Marais! Lisa is a talented young singer who is starting to make a name for herself. Check out her bio on her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lisamarymusic/ or on her website here:http://www.lisamarymusic.com/
Keith Wikle will be leading an expedition course at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium. Often when leading day trips for the GLSKS, it comes up in discussions with students that they have never camped out of their kayak or planned a trip.
An expedition is one of the most enjoyable things about sea kayaking. Traveling somewhere, under your own power, with all of your gear in the kayak is one of the most transcendent experiences in our hustle bustle lives. Do you want to be untethered from land with no iPhone, no computer, and only a map and a compass to guide you? It’s the best but it also comes with some challenges of seamanship, risk management, paddling skills, and leadership when going afloat.
This course is intended to provide two days of on-water experience with sea kayak expeditions. We will plan an expedition in and around Grand Island.
The course will cover the following high level skills, plus a whole lot more:
- Risk Management
- Leadership and Group Management
- Rescues with loaded kayaks
- Launching and landing strategies with loaded kayaks
- Directional Control in conditions
- Incident Management
If you are interested in this course, please contact Keith ([email protected]) to coordinate details including necessary equipment.