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Symposium                                                                                    Photo by Robin Nelson


Saturday, June 14, 2014

All Classes at Red Barn Park/Gislason Beach

Please note: The selection of water activities for each class will be based on the needs of the registrants.

Morning Sessions
Track A:  Beginner - Part 1                                                                            
         Focus:  Beginner Skills

  • Boat fit, equipment, safety, dry wet exit
  • Five basic paddle strokes
  • Boat maneuvering and control

Track B: Beginner / Novice – Part 1                                                            
         Focus:  Advanced Beginner Skills
         (Must have good command of beginner skills and
         experience in wet exits and reentry)

  • Review and fine tuning of beginner skills (opt: wet exit, rescues)
  • Intermediate level skills
  • Boat maneuvering and control

Afternoon Sessions
Track A: Beginner – Part 2
         Focus:  Rescue Skills

  • Wet exits
  • Self and assisted rescues
  • Review and fine tune beginner skills
  • Advanced beginner skills and/or short excursion in harbor

Track B: Beginner / Novice – Part 2
         Must have done a successful wet exit and reentry previously.
         Focus:  Open Water Excursion using skills learned in morning session

  • Skills continue from morning session
  • Boats must fit definition of sea kayak listed below


Participant Apparel
Dress to get wet!  Quick drying shorts and shirt over swimsuit. Hat, sunglasses or regular glasses with bungee cord strap for security. Quick dry footwear or some type of water shoes. Wet suits available (and recommended) for rent. Waterproof jacket or fleece of some sort.


Kayak Designations

Sea Kayaks

  • Minimum 14’ in length, with two fixed bulkheads, waterproof hatches fore and aft, useable spray deck, Coast Guard approved PFD, bilge pump, paddle float, paddle and wetsuit
  • Able to participate in all of Track A or B
  • Sea Kayaks, as defined here, are highly recommended for all participants in the symposium.

Recreational Kayaks

  • Open cockpits, no spray deck in use, no fixed bulkheads, one or none watertight hatch
  • Participants must have Coast Guard approved PFD and paddle. A wetsuit is also recommended.
  • Able to participate in Track A

Sea kayaks and all paddling equipment will be available for rental.



Symposium Welcome


Welcome paddlers,

This event will feature one best kept paddle secrets of Door County, Washington Island. For years this was a destination for paddling, now it is hosting a premier paddling event, and as a part of this event the symposium will feature a workshop format. We have instructors from the local paddling community as well as instructors from throughout the Midwest.


This symposium will feature a morning session focused on basic coastal sea kayak skills and the afternoon session will build from the morning and provide advanced skills in paddle stroke, braces and open water crossing skills.


Come join us!   Learn new skills and fine tune paddling techniques with some of the top instructors in Wisconsin!  We are excited to welcome and introduce you to kayaking one of the best kept secrets of Lake Michigan and the Midwest:  Washington Island! 


Tim Pflieger

Symposium Director


Now... if I could only find my boat.


Symposium Instructor Staff:


Tim Pflieger


Founder of the Team Leadership Center, Inc. began DC Adventure Center in the summer of 1995. He has been the Program Coordinator for the past paddle seasons and is beginning his 16th year as an instructor and guide in Door County. Tim is a licensed, nationally certified EMT, American Canoe Association Certified Sea Kayak Instructor, BOW Certified Instructor and Level II Ropes Rescue Technician. Join Tim and learn from a local expert!


Robin Nelson

ACA Coastal 3, Eskimo Roll Endorsement

Robin started paddling in 2003 and quickly became a paddling diva! She instructs in the Green Bay area and leads their annual Women-on-the-Water event. Robin has also instructed at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and the Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Symposium.


Chuck Sivret

ACA Coastal 3, Eskimo Roll Endorsement

Chuck started kayaking in 2003 and is an instructor in the Green Bay area. He has a special affinity for Greenland Style paddling. Chuck is a long-time instructor for the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium as well as the Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Symposium.


John Bodwin


John started paddling in 2006 and has quickly become a Avid paddler.  He recently earned his ACA Coastal Level 4 and is Lead instructor for the Two Rivers classes and other coastal workshops.  John also will be instructing at this year's Door County Sea Kayak symposium.


Chris Martin


“I’ve been paddling for several years now.  I am an ACA certified Open Water instructor and am presently working toward my BCU 4 star award.  I paddle in Green Bay, Lakes Michigan and Superior and, when I can get out there, in the northern Pacific (northern California).  I like to play around with different kinds of rescues and rescue-scenarios, and look for the rough water when it is available.  Last January I co-led a trip out to several islands in the Sea of Cortez (Baja peninsula).”  

















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