Adirondack Paddlefest

Sat. and Sun.: May 19 – 21, 2017

Offering a schedule of Kids and Adult Kayak Clinics and an Adult Tandem Canoe Clinic

Kayak and Canoe Clinics – Sponsored by Wekanu and volunteer Paddlesport Instructors certified through the American Canoe Association (ACA)


Kids Kayak Clinics (ages 6-12)

Kids just want to have fun! So why not introduce them to the fun that can be had in a kayak. In these introductory clinics children are introduced to the safety and paddling basics – life jackets, getting in and out of a kayak, going forward, backward and easy turns. Then it’s on to the games where learning becomes fun as they will have races, tug of war and obstacle courses. These sessions are designed to build confidence and provide ideas for making your family outings more fun. Each session is

limited to 6 children and there will be at least two instructors per session to ensure both safety and a high level of attention. We do ask that if your child is participating in one of these sessions that you have a dry change of clothes readily available as kids tend to find ways to get wet when they are having fun. All sessions will be held on the boat demonstration beach. Reserve early as sessions close quickly.

Kids Clinic student maximum is 6 per class.


Adult Clinics (18 and older)

Advanced Paddling Technique Clinic

Tips and techniques to the experienced paddler to refine your skill and bring back the mid-season form. This session is designed to help competent kayak paddlers jumpstart their season through learning and practicing some great training drills and techniques. We will focus on the integration of Body, Boat and Blade for more effective boat control, effortless maneuvers and efficient travel.

Novice Paddler Clinic

Foundational skills for the beginner to help you start out right. Are you a “never ever” or have just a few outings under your keel? Starting right is essential to long term enjoyment. This session is designed to give the new kayaker exposure to some basic skills and concepts that will help build a strong foundation. We use simple language, examples and experiential techniques to get you on the water and on the right path.

Participant maximum for these sessions is 10 per class.

Couples Tandem Canoe Clinic

Tandem canoeing is a highly rewarding and satisfying way to experience the outdoors. But many partners struggle to find symmetry and flow. This session will challenge the old ideas of “the stern steers, power in the bow” and equip paddling partners, both novice and experienced with new perspectives, techniques and teamwork. So plan on having fun and learning some new tandem skills. (Don’t have a tandem partner? We will match you up at the session). Participant maximum for this session is 12.


Class Schedule for Adirondack Paddlefest

Saturday:

  • 10am – Adult Kayak Clinics – Both the Advanced Paddling Technique Clinic and Novice Paddler Clinic will be offered
  • 12noon – Adult Tandem Canoe Clinic
  • 2pm – Kids Kayak Clinic
  • 4pm – Adult Kayak Clinics — Both the Advanced Paddling Technique Clinic and Novice Paddler Clinic will be offered

Sunday:

  • 10am – Adult Kayak Clinics – Both the Advanced Paddling Technique Clinic and Novice Paddler Clinic will be offered
  • 12noon – Kids Kayak Clinic
  • 2pm – Adult Kayak Clinics — Both the Advanced Paddling Technique Clinic and Novice Paddler Clinic will be offered

Laura and Jeff are the owners and co-founders of WeKanu, a canoe and kayak paddling school specializing in developing and certifying paddlesport instructors.

  • Laura Liebel is an ACA Certified Instructor Trainer, in L3 Freestyle Canoe and L2 Touring Kayak.
    • Co-author of the two recent books published by the American Canoe Association, Canoeing and Kayaking.
    • Past Chair of ACA Freestyle Canoeing Instruction Committee
    • ACA “Top 5” Nationwide Instructor Trainer
    • She holds a degree in Elementary Education and has received awards from the professional training community.
  • Jeff Liebel is an ACA Certified Instructor Trainer, in L3 Freestyle Canoe and L2 Touring Kayak.
    • Chair of the Board of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
    • Past Chair of the Freestyle Touring Canoe Committee of the American Canoe Association
    • Past President of the American Canoe Association.
    • Past President of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Jeff and Laura’s firsthand experience of getting their own family outdoors and on the water many years ago has developed into a passion for helping other families, couples and individuals to attain the confidence and skills to have their own outdoor experiences in canoes and kayaks. Through their Wekanu Paddling School, Laura and Jeff have certified and taught paddle sport instructors and camp counselors the skills, techniques and games to engage kids and adults in kayaking and canoeing to hopefully spark a lifelong interest. Laura and Jeff also lead family oriented canoe and kayak outings to introduce others to the great spots to paddle in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas. For fun they engage in Freestyle canoeing, exploring new places to paddle and camp, like the NFCT, but are most proud that all of their 4 children are avid paddlers and campers and two are even ACA certified canoe instructors.