The Second International Sea Kayaking Educators Symposium

Symposium Themes


Sea kayak educators often teach, guide and instruct in places they know well. We have developed our programs in response to our students’ and clients’ needs and the local environmental conditions. We paddle in storied locations where the waters and coastlines have history. What is our best practice in achieving this fine balancing act?


Sea kayak crossing are, arguably, more adventurous. We leave the safety of the landmass. Crossings involve a leap of faith and we dig deep into our reserves of knowledge and skill. What are the new frontiers for educational leadership and practice in sea kayak education?


Throughout the week there will be a number of presentations taking place, on both land and on the water. These presentations will be from an array of speakers who will be guided by the two themes. We expect most of our attendees to come as both a participant and a presenter.

Keynote Sessions

There will be several keynote style (informal and relaxed) presentations at various times during the symposium. Keynotes can be found on our presenters page (coming soon).

Land Sessions

These sessions will be either practical or theoretical in nature. Presenters may wish to present to peers at one of the many sites at tidal river or use our presentation spaces in one of the two main lodges (where screen, speakers and laptops will be set up).

On Water Sessions

As the name suggests, these sessions will be all about paddling, yet will differ in theme. On-water sessions will vary in length from a few hours to half a day and will likely be presentations that talk on-the-water about practice, instruction, navigation etc. as they pertain to education.

A mix of short (45 minute), longer (90 minute) and half day sessions will take place on land and water. Inquiries can be submitted to the organising committee. During your registration an abstract of 200-300 words needs to be submitted.