Video of this year’s Door County Sea Kayak Symposium

Each year the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium (DCSKS) takes place during the second weekend of July at Rowley’s Bay near the northern end of Wisconsin’s Door County. In the 2015 edition, 170 kayakers with skills ranging from novice to advanced took part in classes and trips led by 38 instructors and staff of Rutabaga Paddlesports of Madison. For the past five years I’ve had the privilege of serving as a DCSKS instructor. I look forward to it every year because I get to meet new people, renew friendships, have fun on the water and help people enhance their kayaking skills. And the bonus is it all takes place in beautiful surroundings and often challenging conditions. Jim Pippitt, Rutabaga’s self-proclaimed “I.T. Nerd”, created this entertaining video that provides glimpses of the 2015 symposium. I appear a few times; even showing off my apparently limited square dancing skills near the end. By the way, the 2016 DCSKS will be July 8-10.

One class returns from the bay while others continue their on-water instruction. This photo is from the 2013 DCSKS.

One class returns from the bay while others continue their on-water instruction. DCSKS 2013.

Participants and instructors arrange their kayaks ahead of each class and excursion. The level of organization is impressive.

Participants and instructors arrange their kayaks ahead of each class and excursion. The level of organization is impressive.

In addition to on-the-water instruction, participants can choose from a variety of brown-bag lunch topics, such as this one led by John Browning.

In addition to on-the-water instruction, participants can choose from a variety of brown-bag lunch topics, such as this one led by John Browning (right).

An evening meeting before dinner at the 2012 DCSKS.

An evening meeting before dinner. DCSKS 2012.

Participants at the 2012 DCSKS try a sunrise yoga session.

Sunrise yoga at the 2012 Door County Sea Kayak Symposium

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