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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 at the Moon River: 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.
  • Friday Greenland skills day at Camp Tapawingo: Arrive at Camp Tapawingo Friday morning and spend the day with our Greenland coaches. Learn anything from correct paddling strokes to rolling with a stick. We will also have harpoons and targets to play with!
  • Friday Surf Hunters on Georgian Bay: 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: Moon River current practice day, Greenland skills day at Camp Tapawingo or a Georgian Bay coaching daytrip.

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Confirmed Instructors Include

James Roberts - OSKC
Dympna Hayes - OSKC
Santiago Berrueta - Kayak Latins Du Nord
David Johnston -
Greg Mason - White Squall
Ginny Marshall - Editor Adventure Kayak Magazine
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
Vince Paquot - The Paddling Gourmet

Paddlepalooza 2017 Approx Schedule

09:00 Meet instructors at pre-determined start location
(Moon river cottages, 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.
16:00 Arrive anytime from 1600 onwards at Camp Tapawingo Register/Paddle/Socialize!
20:00 Weekend Welcome and briefing (Dinner not provided BYO snacks and BYOB)
07:00-08:00 Breakfast
08:15-08:30 Morning briefing
09:00-11:30 Morning Sessions
11:30-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-15:30 Afternoon Sessions
15:30-17:00 Late afternoon Sessions
18:00-19:00 Dinner
20:00-23:30 Reel Paddling Film Festival Movie night!
07:00-08:00 Breakfast
08:15-08:30 Morning Briefing
09:00-11:30 Morning Sessions
11:30-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-15:30 Afternoon Sessions
16:00-16:30 Final event debrief and door prizes.

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

 Dympna and James were always very attentive to each and every student in the water and thanks to their watchful eyes and judgment the course was a great experience.