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Paddlepalooza Kayak Festival 2017


May 26th-28th 2017

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is excited to be hosting Paddlepalooza for our 5th year in Parry Sound, Ontario. The Georgian Bay area is known as a mecca for sea kayakers. Parry Sound's proximity to the open waters of Georgian Bay, the moving waters of the Moon River and the sheltered inlets of the Sound, make Parry Sound the ideal location for hosting Paddlepalooza. Paddlepalooza has become the largest annual sea kayaking event in Ontario because of the location of the event and the professional coaching for paddlers of every level. We bring together some of the best sea kayak instructors for this spring tune-up event from OSKC as well as from other paddling schools in Ontario, Quebec and the United States.

For this years Paddlepalooza we will be back at Camp Tapawingo in Parry Sound as our base location and for meals and accommodation. This excellent location allows us to offer classes for paddlers at every level of experience. It gives us the option to practice in sheltered waters, launching from the beach at Camp Tapawingo to paddle towards Five-mile Bay or to leave the site to work on moving water on the Moon River.  We also have the option of heading to the open waters of Georgian Bay for open water rescues, surf, and navigation.

This year we are offering full day clinics on Saturday at the Moon River for current practice, and Georgian Bay for open water rescues and incident management. A packed lunch will be provided for all Saturday off-site clinics. We will car pool to the different locations and trailer the kayaks. Beginner rescues and kayaking, as well as blended strokes and edging will take place on-site at Camp Tapawingo. There will also be classes in rolling, Greenland strokes, and powerful forward paddling on site. We have an amazing line-up of talented instructors to help you get the most out of this skill building weekend and leave you in top form for your paddling season. 

Paddlepalooza starts with a campfire and snacks on Friday evening, arriving anytime after 1600. Meals begin with Saturday breakfast and are included until Sunday lunch. Feel free to bring snacks and BYOB for the campfire.

NEW THIS YEAR! Optional Friday clinics

If you want to get the most out of Paddlepalooza this year then consider joining one of our Friday sessions. This year we are offering the following Friday Clinics:

  • Friday Moving water moves at The Moon River: Instructors: Santi Berrueta and  
    Join us in this full day session in the currents of the Moon River. Surf and play in the currents in this outstanding venue with our experienced instructors. A student's favourite, this class is a great way to start the season by stepping outside your comfort zone in a safe environment and having fun. This course is suitable for paddlers who paddle at least a PC Level One skills which is the equivalent of BCU 2 star. You should be comfortable with your wet exit and assisted rescue. A dry suit or wetsuit is a must, as well as a helmet. 
    Meet your coach at the Moon river on the way to Parry Sound Friday morning and spend the day in an intimate sized class learning how to maneuver your kayak in currents, how to cross eddies and ferry current. We will also work on assisted and self rescues in moving water.
  • Technical, Tactical Touring Skills on Georgian Bay: Instructors: Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin
    Kayak touring involves thinking a few steps ahead and having the skills and knowledge to explore safely and effectively. This session is a chance to get out to paddle on the beauty of the Bay while working on our intermediate kayaking skills and touring techniques. We have Oak Point as our launch site. Oak Point gives us the opportunity to navigate in a complex archipelago. We will begin our day with some navigational and sea state theory on shore and then practice along the way. You will learn how to follow a heading, plot a course, take a bearing, use a range and get a feel for piloting. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to improve your paddling techniques with strokes review and boat control. Strokes practice will include a touring forward stroke, the bow and stern rudder, as well as hanging draw and pivot turns. Kayak control using edging and bracing will be work-shopped as well. You’ll then discuss the tactical application of these strokes in wind and waves and work on blending these strokes and combining them with edge control and techniques that will help you control your kayak in more challenging conditions. This course is for paddlers who are Paddle Canada Level Two ability, or are moving towards their Level Two. PC L2 is the equivalent of BCU 3 star. It will not be necessary to get wet on this course, however, the possibility is always there, so a dry suit or wet suit is required. You should bring a change of clothing, water bottle, personal snacks as well as all required kayak and safety gear. You should also bring a watch, a waterproof notebook and pencil, compass (deck and/or orienteering). Small laminated charts of the area will be provided for you. Participants will car pool to the launch point, which is about a 30-minute drive to launch from Camp Tapawingo. Each participant should bring a packed lunch.
    Arrive at Camp Tapawingo and then carpool to Oak Point on Parry Island, your launch point to the Bay.  Head out onto the waters of Georgian Bay for a day of open water rescues, incident management and hopefully some surf. Enjoy the stunning smooth granite rocks and wind swept white pines while receiving coaching along the way.

 

What is included?

This year we are offering two options for the weekend and the option to join us on Friday for an extra day of coaching.

Option 1: Camper weekend pass: $349 

This includes your event pass for both Saturday and Sunday, kayaking clinics, parking and launch fees at off-site locations, meals from Sat breakfast to Sun lunch, Reel Paddling Film festival movies Saturday night and accommodation at camp in male or female shared bunk houses. BYOB, no need to rent a cab home. ;)

*Couples booking option 1 who would like more privacy. Let us know as we have a few sites for tents if you prefer.

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Option 2: Event Only Pass: $299

This includes your event pass for both Saturday and Sunday, kayaking clinics, parking and launch fees at off-site locations, meals from Sat breakfast to Sun lunch, Reel Paddling Film festival movies Saturday night but you either live in Parry Sound, or have accommodation available locally to you. BYOB, You will drink responsibly. You have the option to leave your car onsite. We will have the number for our local cab company on hand and are happy to make a call for you.

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Optional Extra day clinic friday: $149

This year we will be offering an optional additional day on friday May 26th. Choose between: Moving water Moves at The Moon River or Technical, Tactical Touring Skills on Georgian Bay.

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Confirmed Instructors Include

James Roberts - OSKC
Dympna Hayes - OSKC
Santiago Berrueta - Kayak Latins Du Nord
David Johnston - PaddlingHQ.com
Greg Mason - White Squall
Ginny Marshall
Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin - Have Kayaks will Travel
Alec Bloyd-Peshkin - Have Kayaks will Travel
Ian Peters - OSKC

Scott Rosborough - OSKC
Heather Stewart - OSKC
Craig Woodall - OSKC
Jenn Gerrior - OSKC
Brett Kril - OSKC
Vince Paquot - The Paddling Gourmet
Kris Shaw - OSKC

Paddlepalooza 2017 Approx Schedule

TimeFRIDAY OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY CLINIC
09:00 Meet instructors at pre-determined start location
(Moon river cottages or Camp Tapawingo)
09:30-12:00 Group orientation and start of day class.
12:00-13:00 Lunch break. Bring your own packed lunch.
13:00-16:00 Afternoon activities.
16:00 Meet everyone else at Camp Tapawingo to start Paddlepalooza weekend activities.
 REGULAR ARRIVAL FOR PADDLEPALOOZA FRIDAY MAY 26

1600-2000
1600-1800
1730-1930
1800-2000
1800-2000
1800-2000
1845-1945

Arrive anytime from 1600 onwards at Camp Tapawingo Register/Paddle/Socialize!
Go to town for dinner or bring a dinner picnic!
Rolling Playtime at the waterfront (All are welcome)
Greenland Paddle Carving Demonstration
Gear Swap Garage Sale
Fun on SUP's for kayakers
Drop in Yoga with Magda

2000-2010
2010-2300
Weekend Welcome and briefing
Campfire and socializing BYOB
 SATURDAY MAY 27
0645-0730
0730-0815
Yoga with Magda
Breakfast
0815-0830
0830-0930
Morning briefing and packed lunch pick-up
Travel to launch points for day
0930-1130 All day sessions morning
1130-1300 LUNCH
1300-1530 All day sessions afternoon
1530-1700 Late afternoon Sessions-Back at Tapawingo.
1800-1900 Dinner - BYOB
2000-2330 Live Music - Mike Granka Band - Reel Paddling Film Festival Movies.
 SUNDAY MAY 28
0700-0800 Breakfast
0815-0830 Morning Briefing
0900-1130 Morning Sessions
1130-1300 LUNCH
1300-1530 Afternoon Sessions
1600-1630 Final event debrief and door prizes.
1630 PACK UP AND SAY GOODBYE!

Paddlepalooza session descriptions 

TIME SESSION INSTRUCTORS
SATURDAY       Yoga for everyone Magdalena
 All Day

Moving Water Moves - Moon River
Join us in this full day session in the currents of the Moon River. Surf and play in the currents in this outstanding venue with our experienced instructors. A student's favourite, this class is a great way to start the season by stepping outside your comfort zone in a safe environment and having fun. This course is suitable for paddlers who paddle at least a PC Level One skills which is the equivalent of BCU 2 star. You should be comfortable with your wet exit and assisted rescue. A dry suit or wetsuit is a must, as well as a helmet. Participants will car pool to the launch point, which is about a 45-minute drive to launch from Camp Tapawingo. Kayaks will be transported on the trailer if necessary. Lunch will be provided. 

Alec Bloyd-Peshkin
David Johnston
Brett Kril
 All Day  

Technical and Tactical Touring Skills – Oak Point Bay, Georgian Bay
Kayak touring involves thinking a few steps ahead and having the skills and knowledge to explore safely and effectively. This session is a chance to get out to paddle on the beauty of the Bay while working on our intermediate kayaking skills and touring techniques. We have Oak Point as our launch site. Oak Point gives us the opportunity to navigate in a complex archipelago. We will begin our day with some navigational and sea state theory on shore and then practice along the way. You will learn how to follow a heading, plot a course, take a bearing, use a range and get a feel for piloting. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to improve your paddling techniques with strokes review and boat control. Strokes practice will include a touring forward stroke, the bow and stern rudder, as well as hanging draw and pivot turns. Kayak control using edging and bracing will be work-shopped as well. You’ll then discuss the tactical application of these strokes in wind and waves and work on blending these strokes and combining them with edge control and techniques that will help you control your kayak in more challenging conditions. This course is for paddlers who are Paddle Canada Level Two ability, or are moving towards their Level Two. PC L2 is the equivalent of BCU 3 star. It will not be necessary to get wet on this course, however, the possibility is always there, so a dry suit or wet suit is required. You should bring a change of clothing, water bottle, personal snacks as well as all required kayak and safety gear. You should also bring a watch, a waterproof notebook and pencil, compass (deck and/or orienteering). Small laminated charts of the area will be provided for you. Participants will car pool to the launch point, which is about a 30-minute drive to launch from Camp Tapawingo. Kayaks will be transported on the trailer if necessary. Lunch will be provided. 

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin
Greg Mason
Craig Woodall 
All Day   

Georgian Bay Leadership, Incident Management and What to do when stuff goes wrong scenarios – Oak Point Bay, Georgian Bay.
Have you ever wondered what to do when a kayak is sinking? Or if you lose a hatch cover? Or if someone blows a shoulder? What if someone capsizes against the rocks? Or multiple people capsize at once? Ever had a sea-sick paddler along? How do you land in difficult or risky situations? Our day on the Bay will be full of what to do when the “storm” hits the paddler. How do you manage when something doesn’t go according to plan? We will have fun with scenarios to help us establish protocols for rescue situations. Who do we take care of first? Who do we worry about most? What resources do we have available to us? This course is for paddlers of Paddle Canada Level Two or Three ability, or BCU 3 or 4 star. A drysuit is necessary as well as a tow system and of course all required Transport Canada safety gear. Participants will car pool to the launch point, which is about a 30-minute drive to launch from Camp Tapawingo. Kayaks will be transported on the trailer if necessary. Lunch will be provided. 

Santiago Berrueta
Dympna Hayes
Virginia Marshall
 All Day  

Kayak Fundamentals and Tour of the Sound – Camp Tapawingo
This full day session is where to begin with kayaking. We will begin with how to launch and land your kayak safely and end with a rescue clinic. We will spend the day getting comfortable with all of the fundamental strokes, rescues and navigation of kayaking. We’ll do all this while exploring the beauty of the Big Sound waters. We will travel from camp towards the town of Parry Sound where we’ll find a place to enjoy our packed lunch. Along the way we’ll learn how to paddle safely when there may be a boat channel, boat traffic and other obstacles to avoid. We will be getting wet in the afternoon so a wet suit is a highly recommended. Bring along everything you need for a day on the water. Sun screen, water bottle, hat and personal snacks. Lunch will be provided. 

Vince Paquot
Heather Stewart
Kris Shaw
 All Day  

Greenland Getaway –Camp Tapawingo
Thinking about trying Greenland traditional style kayaking? Then, this is the perfect course for you.  Spend the morning learning the basics of how to paddle with a Greenland stick.  You’ll learn how to manoeuvre a kayak using edging, strokes and bracing, By the end of the morning, you’ll have develop an understanding of how the boat, paddle and water interact. Paddlers will work to develop low and high brace recovery strokes; as well as, learn that sculling is just about playing with degrees of wetness. After lunch, you will begin to learn why the Greenlanders are the masters of the roll.  You will work on learning to roll or for those having a solid roll, you may learn a new one. We will also cover side sculling, balance brace and if we have the time, re-enter and roll. If you’ve learned your first roll in the pool this winter, or couldn’t get in to a pool clinic because they were all sold out, then this is the perfect course for you. Greenland paddles will be provided for those who need to borrow one. A wet suit is strongly recommended as well as a nose clip and goggles. 

James Roberts
Ian Peters 
Scott Rosborough
Jenn Compeau
 SUNDAY AM  TECHNICAL SKILLS DAY  
SUNDAY AM   

Scramble Rescue breakdown and Speedy Self-Rescue Tips and Tricks
Get back in that kayak as quick as you can! We will be getting wet and scrambling fast in this session. By the end of the morning, you will be a master of your self rescue skills. Suitable for kayakers who already know how to self rescue and want to improve their speed.

Alec Bloyd-Peshkin
Dympna Hayes
 SUNDAY AM  

Brace yourself for living on the edge!
In this session you will practice techniques to edge your kayak for more effective paddling in wind, waves and avoiding obstacles along the way. You will work on using the low brace, high brace and sculling brace to prevent a possible capsize.

Suitable for all levels

David Johnston
Brett Kril 
SUNDAY AM   

Fundamental Strokes Tune-Up – Basics review 
This session is a polishing course for the fundamental strokes of kayaking.  Sweep strokes, draw strokes, stern rudder and pivots, you’ll be ballerinas by the end of the sessions. You’ll also workshop the two different forward strokes, one for power and one for endurance. What’s the difference? Find out in this session!
Suitable for all levels

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin
Ian Peters 
SUNDAY AM   

Maneuvering with Blended Strokes
This session focuses on body, blade and boat awareness. Using effective techniques throughout a range of advanced strokes, drills and games, you’ll gain confidence and maneuverability while having loads of fun.This session is suitable for paddlers who are already comfortable with the fundamental strokes of kayaking.

Greg Mason
Santiago Berrueta 
SUNDAY AM   

Sculling for support, Balance Brace and Re-enter and Roll
Nothing feels sweeter than solid sculling in a kayak. Nothing is more relaxing than staring at the sun in a balance brace and nothing could increase your safety more than having a solid re-enter and roll. Be prepared to get wet while mastering these skills with the masters. This session is suitable for kayakers who are comfortable hanging out upside down and want to get better and being above the water. 

James Roberts
Virginia Marshall
Scott Rosborough
   

 

 
   

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS

 
 SUNDAY PM  

Beginner rescues review
Assisted, Self and Scramble. Get back in your kayak with ease and confidence. Solid rescues are a must to be safe on the water. So, sign up and get safe.

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin
Craig Woodall
Brett Kril
 SUNDAY PM  

Leadership, Incident Management and Rescue Bonanza
Are you someone who paddles with a group? Do you sometimes play the role of leader? Do you know when you should be an effective follower? Increase the strength and safety of your group paddles by learning how to manage group incidents and rescues in an effective and safe manner.

Alec Bloyd-Peshkin
Greg Mason 
SUNDAY PM   

Navigation and Weather for the Great Lakes and the Seas 
What’s the difference between Coastal and Great Lakes Navigation? What’s the difference between a map and a chart? What are aids to navigation? What’s ebb and flow, high and low? Is there lighting in BC? What’s with that? The experts on both share their knowledge to get you started on planning your next adventure on Superior or the Bay, Clayoquot or the Bay of Fundy.

David Johnston
Santi Berrueta
 SUNDAY PM  Tarpology, Campcraft and Kayak Trip Packing 
Knowing effective knots and tarp hanging techniques are key to staying dry, comfortable and safe while on trip. These coaches are the masters at hanging tarps, packing effectively and staying comfortable on trip. Spend the afternoon getting tips, ideas and skills and you’ll be dreaming of getting out into the wild!
Ian Peters
Virginia Marshall
 SUNDAY PM  

Refining Your Roll and Going Greenland 

If you already have a roll and want to get it solid for the summer; if you want to roll on the other side, if you want to learn another awesome roll, if you roll with a euro and want to go Greenland, if you roll Greenland and want to go euro, then this session is for you. This is not a beginner rolling session. This is a roll off!

James Roberts
Dympna Hayes
Scott Rosborough
Jenn Compeau





We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our kayak courses and Paddlepalooza Kayak Festival. Email or call us 705-771-9555. 

If you can’t make the Paddlepalooza party, we offer an array of kayaking courses. Just click "Courses" in the tab above.

Also check out Harmony Outdoor Inn to book a private prospector glamping tent and three room B&B on our 16 acre waterfront property minutes from Parry Sound.

 

 

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Participant Feedback

 Both James and Dympna are very patient teachers, a boat load of fun and very skilled at what they do! The knowledge and confidence they instilled in us has motivated us to try Georgian Bay.

SF