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Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium

September 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am - September 24, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT


11th Annual Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium 

Cost: $375 (includes three days of classes + Sat. dinner; lodging is separate)


The Kiptopeke Symposium routinely is a fabulous event – people love it! There are several reasons for all the positive reviews including:


  • the range of courses, with everything from novice to advanced level courses; and the number of courses, with about 10 to choose from each day


  • the quality of the coaches, who are the best in the mid-Atlantic area and include some who are considered to be the best in the country


  • the mix of participants, who come from 10 -12 different states, some as far away as Tennessee, Texas, California, Florida and Canada!


  • the fact that the vast majority of participants stay together in the beautiful state park lodges, which helps create a wonderful sense of community


  • the venue itself, next to the Virginia barrier islands, and with immediate access to the calmer waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the rougher conditions that can be had in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2022 courses will be finalized by about May 15 and registration will start that date as well.  We will email everyone when registration opens.

We plan to offer the most popular courses from past years, plus some new ones. Typical courses include:

  • Beginning and Advanced Rolling

  • Greenland Skills

  • Intermediate skills

  • Life on the Edge and Open Water Skills

  • Intro to Surf; Advanced Surfing

  • Intro to Rougher Water

  • Basic and Advanced Rescues

  • Towing

  • Paddling with Grace and Style

  • Edging and Bracing

  • Wreckage in the Wave Train

  • Advanced Navigation

  • Barrier Island touring trips

Also, don’t forget to check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA6ls-AsWl0


Most people will be staying in one of the five Kiptopeke State Park lodges that we’ve rented for this year. The lodges all have six bedrooms and three baths with a full kitchen and plenty of room to spread out and relax.


There are several other housing options available for those who don’t want to be with a group. Kiptopeke State Park has a really nice campground and there are several motels in the area.


September 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am EDT
September 24, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT


Rick Wiebush


Cape Charles
VA United States + Google Map