Adirondack Canoe Symposium – FreeStyle Canoeing

The Adirondack Canoe Symposium 2020 has been cancelled, as a result of well being considerations and the State of New York’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are planning for 2021 already, hoping the pandemic state of affairs is sufficiently managed by then.

Stay wholesome! We’re doing our greatest to take action…

Mosquito eaten by Venus Fly TrapTraditional Canoeing in Traditional Canoe Country

While sitting on the fringe of the lake, you discover a canoe paddling straight as an arrow. When the boat nears {a partially} submerged stump, it mysteriously “slides” to the precise to keep away from the impediment. When the canoe approaches shore, totally loaded for a tenting journey, it turns gracefully and once more “slides” to shore, parallel to the seashore to make unloading a simple chore for the glad paddlers. How did this all occur? Was it magic? Or simply good paddling abilities?

The Adirondack Canoe Symposium affords wonderful instruction in a quiet water venue for individuals wishing to enhance their paddling and boat management abilities. Courses are provided for all talent ranges, from novices to skilled paddlers, in each solo and tandem canoe. Classes are primarily based on Freestyle methods, i.e., utilizing physique, boat and blade physics so as to add effectivity and ease to your paddling The ACS is designed to be an pleasant weekend, the place you may obtain teaching from skilled United States Canoe Association Instructors, who will assess your abilities and help you be taught at your personal tempo.

Non-paddling buddies or spouses are inspired to attend; we are able to present information on actions comparable to climbing, biking, historic excursions, buying, and so forth.

See what 2018 participant Dan Hammen needed to say about ACS: HERE

…and what Maura McNamara needed to say about ACS 2019


Paul Smith’s College is positioned within the Adirondack Park, within the coronary heart of prime canoe nation. Although we’re within the “wilderness,” thirty minutes away you could find wonderful eating places, fascinating buying and extra in Saranac Lake. And a couple of extra miles down the highway is Lake Placid, a chief vacationer vacation spot.


Most individuals select to remain on the Paul Smith’s College Dorm – The Overlook Dorm affords trendy “suite fashion” lodging. Each air conditioned suite incorporates four single bedrooms, two loos, lounge and full kitchen. Please convey your personal linens and consuming/cooking gear in case you plan to eat/prepare dinner within the dorm.

There is loads of room to park an RV, however no hookups can be found.


Meals will likely be accessible on the Paul Smith’s Dining Hall. Food is served buffet fashion, with a number of choices to fulfill virtually any dietary alternative. You can select from a full meal plan or select which meals you like. Since the Dorms have kitchens, getting ready your personal meals is an possibility.


The climate is mostly nice within the Adirondacks in July; days may be heat and evenings are sometimes cool. Cold snaps are potential, so individuals ought to be ready with heat clothes. Please come ready for any climate; we paddle until it’s storming.


Bring a canoe, paddles, PFD (to be worn always when on the water), and kneeling pad. Instructors will educate you within the canoe that you just convey. If you’ll want to lease a canoe, paddle, PFD and/or kneeling pad, please tell us ASAP, since leases are restricted and will likely be offered on a first-come-first-served foundation. Additional gadgets to convey embrace mosquito repellent, flashlight/headlamp, camp chair, sunscreen, and water bottle.


Evening actions might embrace a “chalk speak,” the Interpretive Freestyle Exhibition, paddling movies, music (convey your instrument), and a Candlelight Paddle on the lake. We attempt to enable loads of time for socializing.


Classes will likely be provided from Friday morning, July 17 by Sunday midday, July 19.On Thursday, July 16, we are going to provide non-compulsory paddling journeys and different particular lessons on native rivers/lakes. Can’t arrive till Friday night? No downside. You can nonetheless match in additional than sufficient instruction on Saturday and Sunday.

Select the specified programs, meals, lodging, and equipment rental (if wanted) on the Registration Form and mail it, with the Medical Form, and cost to Robyn Lowenthal, on the handle on the registration type. Please notice that there’s a $50 ACS registration/insurance coverage payment that’s required for all individuals whether or not or not you sleep on web site or select to take lessons. Early registration low cost will likely be accessible. Confirmation will likely be despatched upon receipt of registration. Final registration deadline is July 10th.

The Adirondack Canoe Symposium is an occasion for paddlers of all ages, ranges and tastes. Whether you might be an skilled paddler, a newbie or simply an enthusiastic fan, our occasion affords actions and lessons for you. Our setting is non-competitive and strictly about immersing oneself within the joys of paddling.

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