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Midwest Freestyle Canoe Symposium & Canoe Courses (Skills, Updates, Endorsments)
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9/16/2011 to 9/18/2011
When: 9/16/2011
Where: Peninsula, OH
United States
Contact: Elaine Mravetz

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September 16, 17, and 18, 2011
Camp Butler, Peninsula, Ohio


Welcome to the Midwest FreeStyle Symposium! The MFS offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve paddling and precise boat control skills. Courses are offered in all skill levels and are taught by ACA certified instructors. Student/instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1. We are located in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and can provide info on activities such as hiking, biking, historic tours, shopping, etc. for non-paddling friends or spouses upon request. In conjunction with the Midwest FreeStyle Canoe Symposium, the Ohio Penn Division meeting will be held Saturday, September 17 for Ohio Penn members.

*Please note that the schedule has changed this year. **Special topics sessions are offered Fri. a.m. and Sat. p.m., with FreeStyle class sessions held Fri. p.m., Sat. a.m., and Sun. a.m. **Giant Slalom fun race will be held Friday 5 p.m. **National Interpretive Freestyle Championships held Sat. the 17th at 5:15 P.M.!

REGISTRATION: Select the desired courses, skill level, and any meals desired on the Registration form, and mail it, the waiver, medical form, and payment to Elaine (at address on registration form). Confirmation, maps, and agenda will be sent upon receipt of registration. Please note that a site admission fee is required for all participants whether or not you sleep on site. (A fixed expense charged by BSA for use of the camp) Late registration fee after August 30; registration deadline is September 10.

General Class Information: · FreeStyle Classes run 3-hours each for a total of 9 hours of instruction. Register for all 3 classes at the same level due to the sequential nature of skills acquisition per level. Each level builds upon earlier levels. Students in a class stay together as a group with a different instructor for each session, allowing students to experience learning tips from a variety of instructors. · Special Topics sessions are largely 2 hour classes and are optional. Some may be only offered Friday OR Saturday, so check on offerings and times before signing up. Cost is $30 per class. · Special Class Offerings are specialized classes offered during MFS. Class prices and lengths vary. Check list below for specifics.

FreeStyle Classes: (Fri. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. – 12 noon)

Level 1: An introduction to FreeStyle and quiet water skills review. For paddlers who have never tried FreeStyle. Even for experienced paddlers, refine your efficiency for precise forward, reverse, correction, and control strokes. Learn FS concepts, and fine tune existing skills, A solid foundation for FS; begin your first FS maneuvers.

Level 2: Should be familiar with what FS paddling is supposed to be. Review efficiency in strokes and begin FS onside Forward maneuvers (Axle, Post, Wedge, Christie, Sideslips).

Level 3: Have had previous FS instruction in FS Forward maneuvers. Review various reverse strokes; learn FS onside Reverse maneuvers (Rev. Axle, Rev. Christie, Rev. Post, Rev. Wedge).

Level 4: Review cross bow skills. Learn FS Cross Forward maneuvers, such as the Cross Axle, Cross Christie, Cross Post, and Cross Wedge, Cross Sideslips, plus linkages.

Level 5: Learn FS Cross Reverse maneuvers and linkages to other FS maneuvers.

Level 6: Moving around in your canoe: includes High Kneel, High Kneel Thrust, MacKenzie Reversal, Transverse positions. Work on transitions and minimizing boat bobble when moving.

 Level 7: Fine tuning and Paddleography; working with music and Interpretive FS; Interpretive Exhibition preparation pointers.

Special Topics: (Fri. 10 a.m. – 12 noon; Sat. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. unless indicated)
Kids Class (Fri.1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; Sat. Sun. 9 – 11 a.m.): Students will learn boat control and water safety, basic strokes, and /or freestyle maneuvers based on their skill level, interspersed with fun activities.
Solo a Tandem (Offered both Fri. and Sat.): Paddling solo in a tandem boat. Learn Canadian style paddling for efficient control of big boats as a solo paddler.
Nail the Rail (Offered both Fri. and Sat.): For more advanced FreeStyle students who want to learn to consistently and smoothly rail their maneuvers in various quadrants.
Heeling and Kneeling 101 (Offered Sat. p.m. only): For beginners to FreeStyle. Learn how to be comfortable and heeling the boat as you start to learn FreeStyle. Gain confidence in moving from a seated (three point) to a two point kneeling position.
Touring Technique (Offered both Fri. & Sat.): Work on efficiency in long distance travel. Explore use of Sit & Switch, using bent paddles, etc., for Touring. Bring a bent if you have one.
Forward Stroke Clinic (Offered both Fri. and Sat.): Work on a perfect uncorrected forward and cross forward stroke, and their application in Paddling the Inside Circle.
Competitor & Judging Meeting (Held Fri. evening): A REQUIRED meeting for those who will be judging the National Interpretive FS Competition or competing. Review of judging procedures and scoring, what the judges will be looking for in each scoring category.

Special Class Offerings (Scheduled as listed per class) ACA Instructor Updates:
L1 & 2 Touring Canoe:
(Offered Fri.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Involves both classroom and on water components. Meets one of ACA recertification requirements for Touring Canoe Instructors. $80 class fee ·
L1 & 2 River Canoe: (Offered Sat.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Involves both classroom and on water components, Meets one of ACA recertification requirements for River Canoe Instructors. L2 involves on river skills as well. $80 class fee ·
L1 & 2 River Kayak: (Offered Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 pm. L1; Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. L2) Involves both classroom and one water components. Meets one of ACA recertification requirements for River Kayak Instructors. L2 involves on river skills as well. $80 class fee ·
Canoe Camping Endorsement: (Offered Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Includes both classroom discussion and on water components applicable to various paddling disciplines. Prep work prior to class. Meets one of ACA recertification requirements for ACA Instructors and may be taken for update credit only one time. $80 class fee

 Yoga For Paddlers: (Offered Fri. & Sat. 4 – 5 p.m.) After a day of learning new paddling skills, use biomechanical appropriate stretching and various yoga techniques and skills on those muscles and bones, and feel refreshed! Taught by a certified Yoga Instructor. Bring your own mat if you have one. $8 per class

Grand Slalom Fun Race: (Held Friday 5 p.m. at Lake Litchfield—no charge for participation) Join the fun and try your skills at maneuvering through a buoy course while being timed. Try to better your own time or join friendly competition between fellow paddlers. Open to young and seasoned paddlers alike, both solo and tandem!

 Red Cross First Aid & CPR: (To be offered as participant interest and ARC Instructor availability dictates. If interested in this as a class option, contact Elaine asap at 330-239-1725 so arrangements may be made well in advance.)

LODGING: NOTE: The Butler dorm has twin XL mattresses. Bring your own bed linens, pillow, and towels. Full shower and bath facilities are available in the dorm. Sleeping accommodations are one large men’s dorm room and one large women’s dorm room on a space available basis. No pets are allowed at camp. Tent sites are also available. If you want a list of area motels, please indicate on the registration form—the local Holiday Inn also has offered a special for MFS participants.

MEALS: We offer full meal options (home cooked!) during the symposium at the Dorm/ Conference Center. Please bring utensils, cup, glasses, plate, and bowl to keep paper waste to a minimum. Sinks for dishwashing are in the Conference Center kitchen.

CLOTHING: September is usually very pleasant in Ohio, and can be warm during the day. Evenings are usually cool, and lake effect showers are always possible but not usual. Please come prepared for any weather. We paddle unless it is storming.

GEAR/EQUIPMENT: Bring a canoe, paddles, PFD (to be worn at all times when on water), and kneeling pad. Instructors will teach you in the canoe that you bring. We need to know asap if you need to rent a boat, PFD, paddle, and / or kneeling pad.

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