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2023 WMCKA Kayak Symposium

  • 2023-05-26
  • 2023-05-29
  • Montague, MI


Date: May 26-29, 2023
Location:  YMCA Camp Pendalouan, Montague, MI
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Category:  Paddling event
Details:  This post is for information only.

The annual WMCKA Kayak Symposium will take place at the YMCA Camp Pendalouan’s facilities on Big Blue Lake in Montague, MI.

Geared towards the beginning to the intermediate kayaker, the WMCKA Symposium offers 2 1/2 days of jam-packed kayak instruction with a very low student/instructor ratio. Instruction takes place on and in the sheltered water of Big Blue Lake.  This lake is usually warm when the symposium takes place.  

The Symposium focuses on improving your paddling skills by offering classes on basic and intermediate paddling strokes, safely exiting your kayak, getting back into your kayak, and rolling classes.  These classes will help you move through the water more efficiently and increase the distance you can paddle comfortably and help you to be safe in bigger water.

Our certified instructors are passionate about kayaking and come to Symposium with a desire to teach and with our small class sizes they can focus on the student.

The Symposium welcomes the entire family, with a youth program combining many of the same skills classes but tailored to the ability and energy of youth ages 7 to 14.  This includes land and water classes, as well as a mix of typical youth events available at Camp Pendalouan.

Once you get off the water, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with other paddlers from around the country and share your experiences.

We provide regular and vegetarian meal options from Friday dinner  until Monday breakfast which is served in the Camp Pendalouan Lodge.  The lodge is the hub of our community time and includes discussions of trips that members have taken and a Sunday evening gathering of games and community.

We have multiple lodging options for the Symposium.  You can pitch a tent or bring a small RV (Limited availability) for free.  We also have cabin options available for a small fee.

From ages 7-80+ we can get you paddling safely and confidently.

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