FreeStyle Canoeing


Obedience Training for Your Canoe


Adirondack Canoeing Symposium




Solo Canoe Rendezvous

June 3-5, 2016

Coopers Lake Campground

Slippery Rock, PA


Wisconsin Canoe Symposium

June 17-19, 2016

Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI



Ferienpark Teichmann,

Hessen, Germany


Adirondack Canoe Symposium

July 14-17, 2016

Paul Smith’s College

Paul Smith’s, NY


Midwest Canoe Symposium

September 9-11, 2016

Peninsula, Ohio


Pine Barrens Functional

FreeStyle Workshop

October 14-16, 2016

Camp Ockanickon, Medford, NJ



Interpretive FreeStyle

Exhibition & Competition


September 10th, 2016

Midwest Canoe Symposium

Bring a lawn chair, and

come to watch!


The competition and exhibition

is open to the public



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    July 14-17, 2016

    Instructor Update July 14th


    For 2016, we have decided to go back to our origins and hold the

    Adirondack Canoe Symposium at

    Paul Smith's College of the Adirondacks


    The Adirondack Canoe Symposium is taking place concurrently with the Wooden Heritage Canoe Association


    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.



    Traditional Canoeing in Traditional Canoe Country


    The Adirondack Freestyle Symposium, organized by Tom MacKenzie, began in 1985  at Paul Smith’s College.


    For 2016, we have decided to go back to our origins and hold the 2016 ACS at Paul Smiths. Our event will take place concurrently with the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Assembly.


    We will have the opportunity to participate in some of their offerings, and they in ours.


    Take advantage of the historic aspects of canoes and canoeing

    and meet boat designers and manufacturers

    during the WCHA Assembly.




    Classes will be offered from Friday morning, July 15 through Sunday noon, July 17.


    On Thursday, July 14, 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.


    Check-in times:

    Wednesday, July 13 - 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Thursday, July 14 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Friday, July 15 - 9:00 AM to Noon and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM



    LODGING:  There are several lodging options:


    Paul Smith’s College Dorm – The Upper St. Regis Dorm offers “suite style” accommodations. Each air conditioned suite contains 4 single bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room and full kitchen.


    Alumni Campground is part of Paul Smith’s College. It is a primitive campground – no water or electricity.


    Buck Pond Campground is about 12 miles from Paul Smith’s. It is a lovely State campground with showers.


    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.


    If you choose to stay at the Alumni Campground, the Buck Pond Campground, or are bringing an RV, please make your reservations as early as possible. Summer is a busy time in the Adirondacks, and there will be approximately 350 other canoe enthusiasts at the WCHA Assembly.  Accommodations for 50 people has been reserved for us at the Dorm, so if you choose to stay at the Dorm, you are guaranteed a room.


    If you prefer to stay elsewhere, there are motels/hotels/cabins in the Lake Clear, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid area.


    MEALS: Meals will be available at the Paul Smith’s Dining Hall.  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.



    CLOTHING:  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.


    GEAR/EQUIPMENT:  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, paddles, 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: Evening activities may include a tribute to Tom MacKenzie, a “chalk talk,” the Interpretive Freestyle Exhibition, music (bring your instrument), and a Candlelight Paddle on the lake. We can also participate in selected events sponsored by the WCHA.



    REGISTRATION:  Select the desired courses, meals, lodging, and gear rental (if needed) on the Registration Form and mail it, with the Waiver, Medical Form 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 until June 23.  Confirmation will be sent upon receipt of registration.  Final registration deadline is July 1st.


    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 or 201-314-4462.


    Registration Packet (click here)