This event was cancelled on Mon 05/11/2020, by Michael Hammer for the following reason: Cancelled due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Door County Sea Kayak Symposium - July 9/10-12, 2020

Thursday, Jul 9, 2020 - 5:00 pm through Sunday, Jul 12, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Leader: Michael Hammer
Required ratings:
SK1, SK2, SK2P, SK3

Event Information


2020 Door County Sea Kayak Symposium - July 9/10-12, 2020 (Arrival to Door County evening of July 9)

This symposium is sponsored by Rutabaga and hosted at Rowley's Bay Resort in beautiful Door County. This is a chance for Hoofers to paddle sea kayaks on Lake Michigan in a beautiful setting and to get quality mentorship/training outside of the club and to bring their skills back to the club. I have attended and taught before, and many other club members have either attended or instructed at the symposium. Pleae feel free to ask us about our experience. If you intend to register and attend, please contact me to coordinate boat and gear. Given the scheduling and costs involved, I am posting early to enable folks to plan and coordinate boat, gear, and lodging. I am also hoping that this will motivate you to develop skills through the club to enable you to make the most of the experience. I am working on ways to possibly reduce the costs for Hoofers.

What’s it about? Watch this video!

Door County Sea Kayak Symposium Website:

When: July 9/10-12, 2020 (Participants often arrive on the evening of July 9 to be ready to participate on July 10.)

Where: On Lake Michigan at Rowley Bay Resort in Door County, WI. ~ 5hrs drive from Madison.

Rating Required:SK1 and up (If you need help deciding if this is a good fit for you, please feel free to contact me directly by email.)

Why's it so great: This symposium offers dozens of courses organized by skill level. It is run by ACA and BCU certified instructors and covers every aspect of sea kayaking.  You choose your own class schedule based on skill level. There are land and water-based instructional courses as well as guided expeditions around Lake Michigan. Some examples of instructional classes are Greenland paddling, Navigation, and Surf & Waves. Guided trips are both full and half-day. You have the choice of skill-builder trips where rescue scenarios are mixed with the expedition, or you can strictly do touring.

Skill level descriptions will be on the website and instructors will be double checking your abilities. So, choose what you think is the most appropriate level. If you intend to register and attend, please contact me to coordinate boat and gear and if you would like help choosing classes/trips. The full schedule and details for registration should be available in December 2019.

Cost: You are responsible for symposium and lodging costs (below) and food (some meals are provided by symposium).

You will need to register through the symposium’s website and pay registration fees (more info below). If you intend to register and attend, please contact me so I can help coordinate boat and gear. Using Hoofers Club Gear makes this much more affordable.

When you look at the variety of guided expeditions and instructional opportunities the value goes a long way.  If you need sea kayak equipment we are approved to use Hoofer equipment. This saves the expense of having to rent boats/paddles/skirts.

REGISTRATION/FEES (will be updated in December 2019)
Symposium Details and Registration

Scheduling: You have the choice to attend 1, 2, or all 3 days. Cost varies upon how many days you sign up for.  

Below are the prices from 2019. These may change slightly when the details are updated. I am working on ways to possibly reduce the costs for Hoofers 

Before April 15th
3 day: $350/person
2 day: $320/person
1 day: $240/person

After April 15th
3 day: $380/person
2 day: $350/person
1 day: $260/person

LODGING: There are rooms available at Rowley's Bay Resort. You can also camp at Wagontrail Campgound and have the choice of bringing a tent (your own or through the club) or a reserving a yert. Links are below.

Rowley's Bay Resort:

Wagontrail Campgroud:

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