Registration for the symposium is closed - all classes are full.

Thank you!!!!!

10th Annual Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium

September  17 - 19, 2021
Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles, VA
Cost: $350; $325 if register and pay before June 19 (includes all classes and 1 dinner. Symposium housing is $60 per person/night)


The symposium is back bigger and better than ever in 2021.  We expect about 75 people and 15

coaches from 10-12 different states to attend. It will be three great days of sea kayak  training, events and comaradarie.

Everywhere you go, all you'll see will be smiling people! There are about 10 rough water and

calm water classes to choose from each day, with courses for all skill levels. We'll have the old favorites (e.g.  Intro to Surf, Intro to

Rough(er) Water), along with several new courses (Open Water Incident Management,  Trip Leader Training, 

Rough Water Rescues, and more!)

Course descriptions: Click here to see the full listing and descriptions of this years courses.

Registration is CLOSED: click here to register for the symposium

Coaches:   Dale Wiliams, Todd Wright, Tom Noffsinger, Alison Sigethy, Ashley Brown, Ed Schiller, Ken Fandetti, Brian Blankinship,

Paula Hubbard, Rick Wiebush, Mike Cavanaugh, James Kesterson, Jeff Atkins.

Housing. We are doing something different this year. Instead of staying in the lodges at Kiptopeke State Park, we have rented a

series of smaller houses in the charming town of Cape Charles.  You will be able to choose from small (5 - 6 people), medium (6 -

8 people), or large (8 -10 people )houses.  So we will be continuing the tradition of staying together but on a smaller scale than the

12 person lodges.This is one of the things that makes the  symposium so special. Instead of everyone going their individual ways

after classes, they come back to the houses where they  can socialize, share meals and make new friends with paddlers from all

over the East Coast.


Video (click here)

Feedback from Symposium Participants

  • Great weekend.. my skill set and confidence has been exponentially expanded.. thank you.

  • Never had so much fun feeling like I was just mugged. What an event everything was perfect, weather, lodging, company. I rate

  • it 10's across the board.

  • (What I liked best was) the quality of the instruction and making a few seakayaking friends to go paddling with in the future.  I

  • really enjoyed the camaraderie encouraged by staying in the lodges together and by meeting challenges together, etc.  I was

  • so glad there were paddlers of all levels.  EVERYONE WAS SO FRIENDLY!  

  • I really liked the way the various activities built on each other.  Each instructor approached the same topics  differently, with

  • different emphasis and different practice activities. We learned how to turn and maneuver in the wind, which has always been

  • tough for me.  


  • Your symposium was perfect the way it was.  Count me in for next year.  My only regret is that I didn’t discover this a couple

  • years ago.


  • My wife and I truly enjoyed all of our classes, the wonderful new group of people we met, and of course the location.  We are

  • already planning on next year so at this point you can count us in.


  • Where do I start?  Everything was great, but if forced to pick my favorites, a) the 3* Training with Jen Kleck, and b) the

  • camaraderie of the participants – this is unique to Kiptopeke.  There were so many courses I wanted to take (and need to take)

  • but time was limited.  I don’t know if there is a demand for novice level courses – but some spouses/SOs may want to come,

  • but might feel intimidated by the level of instruction.