ADIRONDACK CANOE SYMPOSIUM
PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE
PAUL SMITH’S, NEW YORK
JULY 19 – 22, 2018
Traditional Canoeing in Traditional Canoe Country
While sitting at the edge of the lake, you notice a canoe paddling straight as an arrow. When the boat nears a partially submerged stump, it mysteriously “slides” to the right to avoid the obstacle. When the canoe approaches shore, fully loaded for a camping trip, it turns gracefully and again “slides” to shore, parallel to the beach to make unloading an easy chore for the happy paddlers. How did this all happen? Was it magic? Or just good paddling skills?
The Adirondack Canoe Symposium offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve their paddling and boat control skills. Courses are offered for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced paddlers, in both solo and tandem canoe. Classes are based on Freestyle techniques, i.e., using body, boat and blade physics to add efficiency and ease to your paddling The ACS is designed to be an enjoyable weekend, where you can receive coaching from experienced American Canoe Association Instructors, who will assess your skills and allow you to learn at your own pace.
Non-paddling friends or spouses are encouraged to attend; we can provide info on activities such as hiking, biking, historic tours, shopping, etc.
Paul Smith’s College is located in the Adirondack Park, in the heart of prime canoe country. Although we are in the “wilderness,” thirty minutes away you can find fine restaurants, interesting shopping and more in Saranac Lake. And a few more miles down the road is Lake Placid, a prime tourist destination.
Classes will be offered from Friday morning, July 20 through Sunday noon, July 21.
On Thursday, July 19, we will offer optional paddling trips and other special classes on local rivers/lakes.
Can’t arrive until Friday evening? No problem. You can still fit in more than enough instruction on Saturday and Sunday.
Paul Smith’s College Dorm – The Upper St. Regis Dorm offers modern “suite style” accommodations. Each air conditioned suite contains 4 single bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room and full kitchen. Linens are provided, but you need to bring your own eating and cooking equipment.
RVs – there are limited hookups for RVs on the Paul Smith’s Campus. Please let me know ASAP if you are planning on bring a RV.
Meals will be available at the Paul Smith’s Dining Hall. Food is served buffet style, with multiple options to satisfy almost any dietary choice. You can choose from a full meal plan or choose which meals you prefer. Since the Dorms have kitchens, preparing your own meals is an option.
The weather is generally pleasant in the Adirondacks in July; days can be warm and evenings are often cool. Cold snaps are possible, so participants should be prepared with warm clothing. Please come prepared for any weather; we paddle unless it is storming.
Bring a canoe, paddles, PFD (to be worn at all times when on the water), and kneeling pad. Instructors will teach you in the canoe that you bring. If you need to rent a canoe, paddle, PFD and/or kneeling pad, please let us know ASAP, since rentals are limited and will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Additional items to bring include mosquito repellent, flashlight/headlamp, camp chair, sunscreen, and water bottle.
Evening activities may include a “chalk talk,” the Interpretive Freestyle Exhibition, paddling films, music (bring your instrument), and a Candlelight Paddle on the lake. We try to allow plenty of time for socializing.
Classes will be offered from Friday morning, July 20 through Sunday noon, July 21.On Thursday, July 19, we will offer optional paddling trips and other special classes on local rivers/lakes. Can’t arrive until Friday evening? No problem. You can still fit in more than enough instruction on Saturday and Sunday.
Select the desired courses, meals, lodging, and gear rental (if needed) on the Registration Form and mail it, with the Waiver, Medical Form, Photo Release and payment to Robyn Lowenthal, at the address on the registration form. Please note that there is a $50 ACS registration/insurance fee that is required for all participants whether or not you sleep on site or choose to take classes. Early registration discount will be available. Confirmation will be sent upon receipt of registration. Final registration deadline is July 5th.
The Adirondack Canoe Symposium is an event for paddlers of all ages, levels and tastes. Whether you are an experienced paddler, a beginner or just an enthusiastic fan, our event offers activities and classes for you. Our environment is non-competitive and strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of paddling.
For more information, contact Robyn at Catboat3@gmail.com or 201-314-4462, or Lynn at Saddleback84@hotmail.com or 518-674-2125.
Although it is highly recommended that you stay on campus, there are motels, hotels, cabins, and campgrounds in the area.
2018 Registration materials are here!