2018 Seminars

*BELOW is LAST YEAR‘s list of seminars. Many similar seminars will be offered at the 2019 festival.


10:00 AM, Location: Flex Space

Paddling Four Countries and at Home

Andree Hurley

10:30 AM, Location: Tent

Kayak Fishing

Jason Phelps

11:00 AM, Location: Bear Country

Unloading a Sea Kayak and Setting Up Camp

Bill Porter

11:00 AM, Location: Flex Space

Paddling Photo Tips

Gary Luhm

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

Marine Safety

U.S. Auxiliary Coast Guard

12:30 PM, Location: Seminar Tent

Land to H20

Christen Singer

1:00 PM, Location: Bear Country 

Campsite Cooking Demonstration

1:00 PM, Location: Flex Space

Dressing for Paddle Sports

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, 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

Bill Porter

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

Lindsay Lambert

3:00 PM, Location: Seminar Tent

Ease of Family Paddling

Don Cheyette

3:30 PM, Location: Discover Paddling

SUP Yoga

Lindsay Lambert

4:00 PM, Location: Flex Space

Paddling the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail Vision to Reality

John Kuntz

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