East Coast Paddlesports Symposium

March 27-29, 2020 in Charleston, SC

The 30th annual East Coast Paddlesports Symposium is a three-day immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of kayaking. Paddling enthusiasts will not be disappointed. We have taken the best parts of this event and modified the format to offer a more diverse and student-centered experience in the No. 1 city in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure.

How Does It Work?

After being matched with 5-8 paddlers of similar skill and interest, you will be assigned to a group leader/local instructor who can provide area knowledge, logistical details, and continuity throughout your time with us. Each day you will get a chance to work with a different seasoned coach.

2019 Photo Gallery

View the photo gallery. Thank you to Chris Hipgrave and Don White for capturing the weekend!

Sounds Good to Me! Where Do I Begin?

Choose from among the skill levels below, and then head on over to registration.

  1. Getting Started in the Ocean
  2. Ocean Improver
  3. Ocean Explorer

You identify as a fair-weather paddler and are looking to increase enjoyment and efficiency on the water.

Your Environmental Comfort Zone

  • Winds 10 knots or less
  • Waves less than 1 foot
  • Traveling 1-8 miles 

Topics We'll Cover

  • Forward Paddling
  • Turning Strokes
  • Lateral Strokes
  • Support Strokes
  • Intro to Rolling
  • Assisted & Self-Rescues
  • Navigation Basics

Possible Teaching Venues

  • James Island County Park Lake
  • Folly River
  • Stono River
  • Charleston Harbor

Stroke Refinement and Rolling & Navigation clinics will be available to sign up for on site if you wish to take a break from the action. If you are traveling with a paddling partner, let us know, and we will group you together if you would like.