Fitness for the Water Lifestyle

Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium and Ocean Gathering 2017

You are Invited! Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium and Ocean Gathering – October 24-28
Rough Water Session to follow on October 30 & 31 with Nigel Dennis and Eila Wilkinson
October 23, Monday: NDK SKUK Demo Day and Student Greeting & Student Registration Day
October 24-28 Tuesday through Saturday: Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium
October 30-31 Monday and Tuesday Rough Water Training and Camping at Little Tybee

Sea Kayak Georgia Style Skills Development Courses for All levels
BCU 3 Star Sea Trainings and Assessments
BCU 4 Star Sea Leader Training & Assessment
BCU Level 2 Coach Assessment
Coach Update for PNA BCU Coaches
Ocean Paddling Skills Development

Confirmed Coaches:  Nigel Dennis, Eila Wilkinson, Peter Jones, Axel Schoevers, Phil Hadley, Dale Williams, Marsha Henson, Ronnie Kemp

Lets Paddle!
Please join us for the annual Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium, held on Tybee Island, Georgia. We invite you to come enjoy the Atlanic ocean and estuary venue that we treasure. We are pleased to offer British Canoe Union (BCU) courses and specialized skills training courses developed by Sea Kayak Georgia and some of the world’s leading kayakers. You may choose to follow the BCU courses and progression or you may follow the skills development courses or a bit of both. Our focus is to deliver world class training, assessment and paddlesport opportunity for all students attending. Courses are available for all skill levels and everyone is invited.

Sea Kayak Georgia looks forward to hosting the 2017 SKG Sea Kayaking Symposium to allow paddlers to come together as a community to give and receive knowledge, to see old friends and welcome new ones. We will have high tides running during class times.

Courses are conducted from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm daily. Full day courses allow the student to immerse themselves in the skills progression each course offers. The coach comes to know the student’s strengths, weaknesses and goals, the student can get comfortable with the coach. We believe this promotes better learning opportunity with real long term success for the student.

Evening presentations are given by different coaches starting anywhere from 6 to 7:30 depending on the day’s activities. One evening we will have an oyster roast at Sea Kayak Georgia, you can sign up for the oysters at the time you register for the symposium. Dinner meetups and presentations allow students and coaches to get to know each other in a social setting.

The information below offers most of the details, we are happy to answer questions, help you plan, and receive your registration by phone: 912 786 8732.

Registration:
To register, give us a call, 912 786 8732. That way, you’ll get the most up-to-date list of what courses are available and we can discuss what you will need for your classes. The registration form gives you all the details. We recommend printing out the registration form, filling it out with your choices, and then giving us a call. Bring your registration form with you so you can confirm courses as you check in for the symposium. In order to secure your reservation we will take a 20% non refundable deposit the day you make your reservation, between sixty and thirty days prior to the symposium the balance will be charged. Please read the cancellation policy below.

Information for those who have registered. INFO

Full Week:
October 24-28, 5 days of training $750
$10.00 event t shirt

Touring Jam & Rough Water Session
October 30 & 31, $300

Ala Carte:
If you can’t come for the whole week, we invite you to go ala carte: $150 per day
$20.00 ala carte event t shirt

Kayak Rental:
A limited number of boats are available for rent on first come, first served basis.
Plastic kayaks cost $175 for the week or a la carte $50 per day.
Fiberglass kayaks cost $350 for the week or $85 per day.

Cancellation Policy:
Right up front, this has to be pretty strict. We’re flying a great many top level coaches to Georgia We also have a limited number of slots, determined by the instructor-to-student ratios. We’re committed to the coaches, the airlines and the lodging, regardless of how the weather or any given assessment turns out. Therefore, no refunds will be given for any imaginable reason, including hurricanes, or unexpected delays in progression. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance.

Lodging Info:
Check out the coolest cottage rentals on the island at www.mermaidcottages.com.
River’s End Campground On Tybee Island has tent and RV sites and cabins sleeping up to four. 
Hotel Tybee: please give them a call to discuss ocean view and pool side rooms.
All Tybee Island accommodations can be viewed at Visit Tybee.

Meals:
Our annual Oyster Roast will be held on Friday evening, the cost is $25 and reservations are required no later than October 15. The Oyster Roast is Sea Kayak Georgia style, we shuck steamed oysters until they run out. Don’t expect anything fancy or other than oysters. This is an amazing way to really feel the local culture. If you don’t know how, we’ll show you. Students may make reservations for guests who wish to join them. All Oyster Roast reservations must be received in advance so that we can reserve the amount of oysters to be harvested.

We will meet at local restaurants to sample local island cuisine. Students will be responsible for their own food and drink.
North Beach Bar and Grill and Tybee Island Social Club are likely meet up spots in 2017, stay posted for details.

Paddlers will be responsible for their own breakfast and lunch. There is a small grocery store, Tybee Market, on the island, and larger grocery stores 10 miles inland on Wilmington Island. Whole Foods in on Victory Drive (Hwy 80) approximately 18 miles away.  There are also a number of restaurants on Tybee.

Evening Presentations:
Several evenings we will have one or several guest speakers to share their kayaking adventures from around the world. These presentations are included with registration. Presentations start at 7:30ish generally unless we meet up for dinner after and then it will start around 6:30. Times will be listed in the shop during the symposium.

Getting Here:
Tybee Island lies approximately 20 minutes east of Savannah, Georgia, at the end of US Highway 80. By car, take I-95 to I-16, follow I-16 until it ends on Montgomery Street, take first right onto Liberty Street, travel east to East Broad Street, turn left, then turn right at second light onto President Street. President Street (Islands Expressway) merges with Highway 80 East at Whitemarsh Island. Continue east approximately 10 miles to Tybee Island. Sea Kayak Georgia is on the right about 1.5 miles past the Lazaretto Creek Bridge (1102 Highway 80.) The Savannah International Airport is about 30 miles west of Tybee and the Amtrak station is about 20 miles inland near downtown Savannah.

Parking Passes:
Tybee Island has machines for purchasing parking passes at all parking areas. You can use the parking pass machines if you arrive early or stay after the symposium. We will offer parking passes for symposium dates at a reduced rate that can be purchased at Sea Kayak Georgia upon arrival. These passes will only be good for the dates printed on the pass. Please plan to purchase your parking pass with cash. Paddlers will be responsible for any parking tickets they incur.

To register or ask questions, please call us at 912-786-8732, or email us at info@seakayakgeorgia.com.