*BELOW is LAST YEAR‘s list of seminars. Many similar seminars will be offered at the 2019 festival.
FREE SEMINARS THAT WERE OFFERED ON SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
10:00 AM, Location: Flex Space
Paddling Four Countries and at Home
10:30 AM, Location: Tent
11:00 AM, Location: Bear Country
Unloading a Sea Kayak and Setting Up Camp
11:00 AM, Location: Flex Space
Paddling Photo Tips
Do you like the idea of pulling out a camera to photograph while paddling on trips, but hesitate because your gear isn’t waterproof? Do you love kayaking because of the scenery, but your images don’t do the scenery justice? Are you thinking about a camera upgrade, but you’re unsure which way to go? Maybe you need some composition tips honed to suit on-the-water photography? Join pro shooter Gary Luhm for answers to these questions, and more. Follow his advice and turn ordinary scenes into striking, memorable imagery.
Gary Luhm is a professional outdoor photographer specializing in sea kayaking, with 40+ magazine covers to his credit. Visit his website at www.garyluhm.net.
11:30 AM, Location: Seminar Tent
Tips for Choosing the Right Paddle
Nick Hinds, Werner Paddles
Description Werner Paddle Northwest Rep Nick Hinds will present the most effective way of figuring out which kayak, canoe, or SUP paddle will work for you. Topics of discussion will be length, offset, high angle vs low angle paddle blade shapes, and bent shaft vs straight shaft. There are also three main types of materials which paddles are built out of, their benefits will be explained as well. Both Sea Kayak / Touring and Whitewater kayak paddle selection will be focused on in the kayak portion of the presentation.
Bio Nick Hinds, long-time paddler and Northwest resident has joined the Werner team this January. He will walk you through the challenges of picking the right paddle for your personal size and the types of water you typically paddle on. Having many years of experience paddling canoes, sups, sea kayaks and whitewater boats, Nick is excited to share what he has learned with anyone who is having a challenge with his or her paddle choice.
12:00 PM, Location: Flex Space
U.S. Auxiliary Coast Guard
12:30 PM, Location: Seminar Tent
Land to H20
1:00 PM, Location: Bear Country
Campsite Cooking Demonstration
1:00 PM, Location: Flex Space
Dressing for Paddle Sports
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, Location: Seminar Tent
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 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.
2:00 PM, Location: Bear Country
Protecting our Food Supply Demonstration
2:00 PM, Location: Flex Space
Washington State Water Trails
Don Crook – Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA)
Description: WWTA presents an overview of the Northwest’s premier National Recreation Trail stretching from South Puget Sound to the Candian border. Born in 1993 it has continued to grow as an environmentally-friendly water trail for non-motorized boats – beachable sailboats, canoes, rowboats, SUP’s, kayaks, inflatables, etc.. The Cascadia Mrine Trail offers many recreation opportunities: Urban to Wilderness, Day Tripping or Camping, Long to Short Haul – there is something for everyone.
Bio: Don has been a WWTA Board Member/Officer and Trails & Public Access Committee Chair since 2007 and an annual paddler of CMT trail sites.
2:30 PM, Location: Seminar Tent
8 Essential Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga Poses, Location: Seminar Tent
3:00 PM, Location: Seminar Tent
Ease of Family Paddling
3:30 PM, Location: Discover Paddling
4:00 PM, Location: Flex Space
Paddling the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail Vision to Reality