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Adirondack Canoe Symposium 2017

7/13/2017 to 7/16/2017
When: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Where: Paul Smith's College
Paul Smiths, New York  12970
United States
Contact: Robyn Lowenthal

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The ACS offers comprehensive instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve paddling and precision boat control skills. The event will take place at Paul Smiths College, in the beautiful Adirondack Park, from July 13 to July 16, 2017. Courses are offered in all skill levels, both solo and tandem, for beginning canoeist through those who have been paddling all their lives. Often called “obedience training for your canoe,” the curriculum is based on Freestyle concepts, using the natural physics of boat, body and blade to paddle efficiently, precisely and effortlessly. Classes are taught by ACA certified instructors who will assess your skills and work with you, at your pace and comfort level, to help you accomplish your paddling goals. No special gear is required; all you need is a canoe, paddle, PFD, kneeling pad, and the desire to learn something new. Instructors will teach you in the canoe that you bring. This year, the ACS is taking place concurrently with the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Assembly. Opportunities will abound to learn about the historical aspects of canoeing, in addition to seeing some of the most beautiful canoes imaginable.

Evening activities may include canoe “chalk talks,” meeting some canoe builders, “Boats on the Beach,” the ever-popular Interpretive Freestyle Exhibition, and a Candlelight Paddle. There will be plenty of time for socializing and relaxation.Lodging includes air conditioned rooms in the Paul Smiths College dorms and hookups for folks coming with RVs. Although we recommend staying on campus, cabins, campgrounds, motels and hotels are available nearby. We offer full meal options at the Paul Smiths Dining Hall. Dorm rooms include kitchens, so self-catering is an option.

The Adirondack Canoe Symposium is considered one of the finest, most relaxed canoe gatherings of the season. The atmosphere is non-competitive and geared strictly towards immersion in the joys of canoeing. For non-paddling folks, recreational opportunities in the area include fabulous hiking, biking, historic tours, great restaurants and interesting shopping.

For more information, please visit the FreeStyle Canoe website at Registration information will be available there soon. 

Any questions? Please contact Robyn Lowenthal at 201-314-4462, or Lynn Filarecki at 518-674-2125.Immerse yourself in the joys of canoeing amidst the beautiful Adirondack Park .At the ACS, you will learn better ways to paddle your boatwith efficiency, ease and orecision. Instruction, based on Freestyle canoe techniques, is offered for all paddling levels, from beginner to experienced, both solo and tandem. There are a variety of lodging and meal options on the Paul Smith's campus. Our atmosphere is non-competitive and there is ample time for socialization. 

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