Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium
Date 10/23/2013, 10/24/2013, 10/25/2013, 10/26/2013, 10/27/2013
Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium and BCU Week
October 23 through 27, 2013
Skills Development Courses for All levels
BCU Curriculum Star Trainings and Assessments
4 Star Sea Leader Training & Assessment
Canoe Training and Assessments
Coach Training and Assessment
Please join us for the annual Sea Kayak Georgia Sea Kayaking and Paddlesport Skills Development Symposium, held on Tybee Island, Georgia. We invite you to come enjoy the Atlanic ocean and esturary 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 of all students attending. Courses are available for all skill levels and everyone is invited.
Sea Kayak Georgia looks forward to hosting the 2012 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. The SKG Symposium is planned around the highest tides of the year known as spring tides. The high spring tides lend themselves to challenging conditions for the advanced paddler. The flooded marshes are an excellent sheltered water training ground for all skill levels. Navigation through flooded creeks enables us to offer the Exploration Estuary and Exploration Ocean Series.
Courses are conducted from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm daily. Full day courses allow the student to immerse themselves in the skills to be learned. The coach comes to know the student's strengths, weaknesses and goals and 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 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.
To register, give us a call. 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 of, between sixty and thirty days prior to the symposium the balance will be charged.
Information for those who have registered. INFO
October 19 to 23, 5 days of training $750
t shirt is included with full week reservation
If you can't come for the whole week, we invite you to go ala carte: $150 per day
$20.00 ala carte t shirts
A limited number of boats are available for rent on first come, first served basis.
Plastic kayaks cost $100 for the week or $40 per day.
Fiberglass kayaks cost $300 for the week or $75 per day.
Our annual Oyster Roast will be held on Friday evening, the cost is $20.
Students may make reservations for guests who wish to join them.
All Oyster Roast reservations must be received by October 15 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 Grill and Tybee Island Social Club are likely meet up spots in 2012, stay posted for details.
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.
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.
Ocean Plaza Beach Resort: please give them a call to discuss ocean view and pool side rooms.
All Tybee Island accommodations can be viewed at www.tybeeisland.com and www.tybeevisit.com.
Our annual Oyster Roast will be held on Saturday evening, the cost is $20 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 by October 15 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 2012, 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. There is also a number of restaurants on Tybee.
Friday, Sunday and Monday evenings we will have one or several guest speakers to share their kayaking adventures from around the world. These presentations are included with registration. Presentatins start at 7:30ish generally unless we meet up for dinner after and then it will start around 6:30. Times will be listed on registration paperwork.
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.
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. Paddlers will be responsible for any parking tickets they incur.