10th Annual Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium

September  23 - 25, 2022
Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles, VA
Cost: $535 (includes all classes, 1 dinner and housing in the lodges); $375 if you are arranging your own housing. 


August 15, 2022 Update: Registration is now closed. All classes are full. Thank you!

The symposium is back bigger and better than ever in 2022.  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, Surf classes), along with several new courses each year. Brand new this year

is a multi-day advanced open water skills training (L5) with Dale Williams.

Course descriptions: Click here to see the full listing and descriptions of the 2022 courses. Please read the descriptions of the

courses you are interested in before you register.

Registration is now open for the 2022 symposium: click here to register. Please read the course descriptions first.

Coaches:   Dale Wiliams, Tom Noffsinger, Jeff Atkins, Ashley Brown, James Kesterson, Ed Schiller, Brian Blankinship,

Paula Hubbard, Randi Kruger, Greg Hollingsworth, Rick Wiebush, Mike Cavanaugh, Laurie Collins.

Housing.  Most people will be staying in one of the five fantastic lodges at Kiptopeke State park. Each lodge has six bedrooms,

three baths, a full kitchen and a really nice living area (vaulted ceiling, big windows, etc).  So we will be continuing the tradition of

staying together during the symposium.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.

Proof of vaccination will be required and masks while inside may also be required depending on the status of the virus in September.

There are several options for housing including camping at the state park, airbnb rentals, local motels, etc. You don't have to stay

in the lodges.


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.