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Today is March 28, 2015

Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast
All Skill Levels Welcome: Whether you paddle with a Greenland paddle, would like to try, or are just curious about the “skinny stick” and qajaq maneuvers. It is the second annual Traditional Paddlers Retreat located in the heart of the Southeastern United States. Proven format of shared Learning: Greenlanders preserve their skills, culture and history through sharing and mentoring, as will this non-profit event sanctioned by QajaqUSA. Learn from masters, mentors and each other in the Greenland way. Varied Agenda: Registration will include a series of land and on-water workshops, lodging, and all meals, as well as all instruction. Sample workshops are strokes and maneuvers, rolling, rescues, yoga, and Greenland Ropes, The greenland paddle and Qajaq design.

Qajaq USA Event
When: May 15 - 17, 2015
Where: W.W.Long Leadership Camp 82 Camp Long Road Aiken, S.C.
Aiken, SC 
Contact: Fran Symes Fern White

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium (SSTIKS)
SSTIKS is a family friendly weekend event featuring some of the best instructors and competitors in Greenland-style kayaking.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 12 - 14, 2015
Where: Twanoh State Park
Union, WA 
Contact: Jeanette Rogers

Hudson River Greenland Festival 2015
Come join us for a weekend of traditional Greenland skills, culture and fun sanctioned by Qajaq USA. Our special guests this year will be Dubside and Maligiaq. Registration Opens April 1st.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 25 - 28, 2015
Where: Croton Point Park
Croton-on-the-Hudson, New York 
Contact: Rosanna Lovecchio

14th Annual Qajaq Training Camp
Join us for a high-quality experiential weekend. Food, lodging and instruction are included as part of the registration fee that includes paddle making, ropes gymnastics and a full range of on water skills for beginners through advanced paddlers. What makes us different? Our venue! We're on fresh water with the advantage of a protected inland lake as well as wide open shore of Lake Michigan. Our food! Take it from those who have attended . . . it's outstanding. We’re small (60 participants, including staff) which allows us to remain completely flexible. Everyone teaches—everyone learns. We focus on each other and make sure EVERYONE has a fabulous time. Registration opens April 1st.

Qajaq USA Event
When: August 21 - 23, 2015
Where: Camp Lookout on Lower Herring Lake / Lake Michigan
Frankfort, Michigan 
Contact: Nancy Thornton

2015Traditional Paddlers Gathering
Traditional Paddlers Gathering registration is open! This year's Gathering is set for Sept. 10-13 at Lake Carlos State Park, near Alexandria, MN. Save $10 by registering before June 1. Our guests include the acclaimed rolling instructor Helen Wilson, ropes expert Dave Sides and noted qajaq builder Fred Randall. They'll join talented local mentors who include Christopher Crowhurst, Pete Kuhn, Cindy Peterson, Michelle and Jeff Forseth, and Renee DuFresne. As usual, the Gathering is a great opportunity to get personal instruction on strokes and rolling, learn more about making paddles and qajaqs, participate in Minnesota's premier hunt of styrofoam seals, and — new this year — join in the walrus pull event. Go to to register and to find out more about the schedule and venue.

Qajaq USA Event
When: September 10 - 13, 2015
Where: Lake Carlos State Park
Alexandria, MN 
Contact: Tony Schmitz

27th annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
27th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat October 8-11, 2015 Do you enjoy sea kayaking? Want to bump up your skills, whether you are a beginner or expert? Learn more about paddling Greenland style? Come join us and meet new friends in a rustic camp-style weekend on the scenic shores of the Mid-Atlantic’s Rehoboth Bay. You don't have to have a Greenland paddle, but we almost guarantee you’ll want one before you leave. For more information, see or contact us at

Qajaq USA Event
When: October 8 - 11, 2015
Where: The beautiful Rehoboth Bay
Lewes, Delaware 
Contact: Chris Beckman

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