Seminars

FREE SEMINARS OFFERED ON FRIDAY, MAY 6


5:30 PM – Tibbett’s Beach

SUP YO (Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga)

Description: Kick off your Friday night with a happy hour of Stand-up Paddle board yoga. This 60 min on-water seminar will leave you feeling refreshed, cheerfully, ready for the rest of the weekend. Stand-up Paddlers can swap a traditional yoga map for their SUP board. This class is BYOB, bring your own board. Admission to the festival is free, but there is a $7 fee for participation in all on-water activities. Before or after SUP Yoga, your wrist band also allows you to demo new SUP’s and kayaks on the beach or sign up for a guided tour of the Issaquah Creek.

Bio: Heather is a yoga teacher and SUP fanatic! She lives in by the water in Richmond Beach with her husband, 3 kids and golden retriever. Getting out on the water is one of the few activities that centers her. Combining yoga with her SUP board is the icing on the cake!


5:30 PM – Bath House Flex Space

Kayak Fishing 101 
 
Description: Ready to get off the shore or ditch the gas guzzling power boat? Learn the basics of fishing from any kayak in this  informational clinic. The fastest growing segment in paddlesports, kayak fishing offers a fun and exciting way to get to places other anglers can only dream of. Whether you want to fish high mountain lakes for trout, or off the coast for rockfish, anglers of all levels will pick up some tips and tricks in this clinic.  Whether you’re looking to get into a kayak for the first time, or want to spice up your paddling routine, come ready to learn new ways to get out there and slay some fish. Topics will include boat selection, rigging, gear management, safety, Q&A and more.
 
 
Bio: Tanner is a Pro Staff member for Next Adventure, Wilderness Systems Fishing Kayaks, and Adventure Technology Paddles. From Steelhead to Carp, Tanner has gone after just about every species of aquatic prey in the northwest. He grew up fly fishing for trout in the sierras and spent many years guiding and teaching throughout the Rockies and West Coast. As an ACA certified instructor, licensed fishing guide, and the general manager of a kayak shop he spends his time getting anglers and paddlers outfitted and on the water safely. He currently resides on the mighty Columbia River in Saint Helens, OR.

FREE SEMINARS OFFERED ON SATURDAY, MAY 7


9:30 AM – The perfect warm-up for the 10:30 a.m. race!

The Perfect Paddler Warm-up – Kathleen Grimbly

Description: To warm and balance muscles, lubricate and loosen joints and get your whole being moving! Bring your paddle and ground cover. Participants will enjoy exercises in the normal range of human motion that will prevent soreness and injury, improve breathing, unite body and mind, and feel great. Guaranteed to make you a winner (at least in your own mind).

Bio: Kathleen Grimbly has practiced yoga 45 years, taught as a certified Kripalu instructor 25 years, taught and guided sea-kayaking 30 years and operated Blue Moon Explorations kayak expeditions for 16 years. She’s a yoga therapist, currently studying Postural Analysis. She loves leading tours and retreats for yoga & kayaking, x-c skiing and hiking, and frequently presents at club meetings and symposiums.


10:30 AM 

How & Why to paddle a kayak with a skeg – George Gronseth, Kayak Academy

Description: Kayaks with skegs tend to have higher performance hull design and allow the paddler to develop skills over time as their experience grows.

Bio: Founder/Owner/Lead Instructor of the Kayak Academy, author, and sought after lecturer. George has taught kayaking for a host of clubs, symposiums, tour operators, and thousands of individual kayakers. George grew up in boats along the shores of the Great Lakes. The quest for bigger water and mountains drew him to the Pacific Northwest where he got into kayaking.


11:00 AM (Location: REI Tent)REI

Yoga for Outdoor Fitness

Description: Join the REI Outdoor School for a yoga class designed to help warm up those paddling muscles. Learn how to incorporate Yoga basics into your outdoor routine to develop and enhance your balance, endurance and some strength. We will talk a bit about the benefits before being guided through a yoga flow and learning a sequence designed to pair well with paddling. REI will provide yoga matts for this experience.


11:30 AM

Core Paddling – Ben Lawry, Confluence Outdoors

Description: Learn solid ergonomic and efficient set of basic kayak skills. The subjects covered are correct grip and hand placement on the paddle shaft, check on boat fit and an explanation of terms. Balance, posture and tilting are covered as is correct blade and boat use to guarantee a good foundation to grow from. Strokes covered may include forward and reverse sweeps, pivot turns, reverse stroke, forward stroke and low braces.

Bio: Ben has been paddling for over 35 years, and teaching/guiding for over 25. He has taught paddling on five continents and competed on three. Presently he works as the National Technical Instructor for Confluence Outdoor. He also is head instructor/owner of Kayak Camp with his wife, Elizabeth.


12:00 PM  (Location: REI Tent)REI

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Basics

What’s SUP? Think portable fun with which you can explore a favorite or soon to be favorite spot. Join us as an experienced Instructor will share information about SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding). You will leave knowing the types of boards, paddles and lifejackets that best fits your needs and the skinny on local paddling destinations.

To learn more about the REI Outdoor School and our extensive list of paddling programs visit www.rei.com/seattle


12:30 PM

Misadventures of a Cross Country Kayaker – Dr. Hank Landau

Description: Are you planning a long distance paddling trip? Prepare yourself by hearing the humorous trials and tribulations of someone who’s done it. Hank’s Quixotic adventure took him 4,100 miles on 10 rivers, passed 11 states, portaging 30 dams and accidentally going over one. You will learn how get lost on a river, get arrested (almost) portaging a dam, and how to avoid rattlesnakes, alligators and visitors out of the film “Deliverance”.

Bio: Dr. Hank Landau recently completed a 4,100 mile kayak trip from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile


1:00 PM  (Location: REI Tent)REI

Kayak Basics 

There are few better ways to spend a couple hours or a full day for that matter, than in a kayak moving over water. Think portable fun with which you can explore a favorite or soon to be favorite spot. An experienced Instructor will share information about kayaking and recreational kayaks. You will leave knowing which type of kayak, paddle and PFD will best fit your needs, as well as the skinny on all our favorite local paddling destinations.

To learn more about the REI Outdoor School and our extensive list of paddling programs visit www.rei.com/seattle


1:30 PM

Dressing for Paddle Sports (Location: Kokatat Booth) – Karl Kohagen

Description: A close look at fabrics, designs, and features of various clothing systems, comparison of wet suits vs. dry suits, coated nylon vs. waterproof breathables, one-piece vs. two-piece suits, and more.

 Bio: Karl has been kayaking since 1985, has been an ACA certified coastal kayaking instructor, actively involved in the development and testing of paddling garments and is the northwest rep for Kokatat water sports apparel.


1:30 PM

Join the Club – Find your paddling club

Rob Sendak, Executive Director of Washington Water Trails Association will facilitate a panel discussion amongst northwest paddling clubs. Learn why  belonging to a paddling club is important, safer, and how it can improve your personal participation in the sport. Hear the different strengths and advantages of each club and be inspired by tales of camaraderie and paddling adventures. For newbie and experienced paddlers . . . anyone looking to join the club!


2:00 PM  (Location: REI Tent)REI

How to Pack Your Kayak for Overnight Touring

To learn more about the REI Outdoor School and our extensive list of paddling programs visit www.rei.com/seattle


2:30 PM

Choosing the Right Kayak for Your Paddling Goals – Greg Whittaker, Mountain to Sound Outfitters and Alki Kayak Tours

Description: Paddling is a lifelong sport whether you pick it up when you’re seven or seventy-seven, and choosing your first kayak is an exciting decision! We are always thrilled when we get people in the earlier realm of that spectrum, but we help a ton of folks get into their sport after they have finished their working career and are looking for easy and affordable ways to spend the day on the water.

Bio: Greg is the owner of Alki Kayak Tours and Mountain to Sound Outfitters. He began guiding sea kayak tours in ’99 in the San Juan Islands, and founded Alki Kayak Tours in 2005 to help Puget Sound residents and visitors explore our waterways. Greg is an ACA kayak instructor and a WSUPA SUP instructor, who is passionate about getting people out on their own paddle craft to discover the amazing areas Washington has to offer.


3:30 PM

Cold Water Safety – Mike Brough, Auxiliary Coast Guard

Description: All boaters need to be aware of the potential danger if they accidentally fall into cold water. Even experienced boaters and good swimmers can be caught off guard if they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water. Learn how to prepare for and cope with cold water conditions.

Bio: Mike Brough or “Captain Mike” as he’s known in the boating world (www.captnmike.com) has spent his life as a power boater, sail boater, and recently a kayaker. Over the past 20 years he’s been a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary where he’s become one of the most experienced boating safety instructors in the Division.  Mike is also US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualified and is also a Boat Crew instructor. He has taught for the Naval Reserve, Law Enforcement, as well as numerous sailing and Mountaineering clubs.


4:00 PM  (Location: REI Tent)REI

Kayak Basics

There are few better ways to spend a couple hours or a full day for that matter, than in a kayak moving over water. Think portable fun with which you can explore a favorite or soon to be favorite spot. An experienced Instructor will share information about kayaking and recreational kayaks. You will leave knowing which type of kayak, paddle and PFD will best fit your needs, as well as the skinny on all our favorite local paddling destinations.

To learn more about the REI Outdoor School and our extensive list of paddling programs visit www.rei.com/seattle

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