The complete registration
packet for FCS (Florida Canoe Symposium) 2013 is now posted on the freestyle
year's Florida Canoe Symposium will run from March 15 - March 18, 2013.
The event format is similar
to last year's with one big exception that is highlighted by the name change.
We've rebranded the symposiums from "Freestyle Symposiums" (the old)
to "Canoe Symposiums". This is more than a name change.
It reflects a significant shift in how we teach and in our class offerings.
You we now offer a class called
Canoeing Basics for folks either just getting started or who have never
had any formal training and would like a solid foundation upon which to build.
A brand new offering is Canoeing
for Kayakers. This class is designed to build upon the skills that Kayakers
have already developed and translate them to single blade technique. Canoeing
for Kayakers will begin with a chalk talk on Saturday morning, where
we will discuss the differences between the two craft, the pros and cons of
each, some terminology, and basic differences between double and single blade
technique. We will then move to the water where we will begin developing single
blade, canoeing techniques, while building upon skills that the students
already have. By the end of the class, students should have a good grasp of
flat water canoeing fundamentals, and feel confident that they now have another
option for on water travel or recreation. Note: This class will be in solo
Creekin Freestyle is a class we began a couple of years ago and has been
very popular. It's goal is to teach the practical application of freestyle
technique in real world settings. It's freestyle, without being showy. Without
the fancy stuff. Heel and Pitch are used in moderation. Freestyle maneuvers are
used in moderation, to nudge the canoe this way or that around bends in the
river. Although we teach in a "flat water" environment, there will be
some current and how that current effects the canoe will be utilized to
advantage. This will be taught as part of an up and back trip on Lofton Creek,
a short distance from the symposium site.
Food is an important part of
any symposium. Running an out of town event presents some challenges. After
much research and having received several proposals, I have selected "Jack
and Diane's Cafe", from nearby Fernandina Beach to cater FCS this year.
Their menu options seem well suited to our situation and should provide a bit
of local flavor to the event. http://jackanddianescafe.com/
If you have any questions
about any aspects of the symposium, please email me at email@example.com or call
at 585 698-5773. I hope to see all y'all in March.