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Today is September 19, 2017

Qajaq TC (a.k.a Michigan Training Camp)
One can rightfully state this is a full immersion event. There is no access by road, so start paddling! Our spectacular venue creates a truly intimate atmosphere. You will be among sixty (60) individuals representing a broad range of skills who want to do one thing — share and gain experience. What makes us different? We’re small, which allows us to remain completely flexible. Everyone teaches—everyone learns. We focus on each other and make sure EVERYONE has a fabulous time.We offer on-land workshops on Friday, on-water coaching throughout the day starting on Friday, ropes gymnastics, harpoon hands-on skills training . . . and there is no limit to the information exchange that takes place by way of informal discussions from the time people arrive until the last car leaves the parking lot on Sunday. Registration opens April 1st and information can be found on our website.

When: August 24 - 27, 2017
Where: Camp Lookout
Frankfort, Michigan 

Traditional Paddlers Gathering
The Traditional Paddlers Gathering, TPG for short, is Minnesota's first Qajaq USA event. Now entering our 12th year, we are as dedicated as ever to making this event the "grand finale" to our paddling season. Bookending the Minnesota summer with Qajaq Camp (May), we promise we will not force you to stare at the water and wait for ice to form. All joking aside, autumn paddling in Minnesota is a beauty not to be missed. Cooler temperatures, fall colors, fiery sunsets, warm bonfires and good people make our small but enthusiastic "Gathering" a must do item on your bucket list. Exciting things are on the list for 2017. Dubside will be returning, sharing his in depth knowledge of all things Greenland. Maligiaq Padilla will also be joining us bringing his first-hand cultural experience, and his in depth knowledge of qajaq building, ropes and on water skills. Chuck Smith will lead a Greenland Paddle Making Class on Thursday. Henry Davies joins us from the Upper Peninsula. And don't forget our harpoon contest. Sipke will be recently returned from the Greenland games in Aasiaat, and he will have new challenges and games for you. Our SOF rescue relay race will be returning, and our core group of local and regional mentors will be on hand to provide endless hours of entertainment and antics while you learn, tweak and finalize your skills. Whether it's a first roll, a complicated ropes move, or smooth efficient stroke work, we've got the knowledge and skills to help you learn. Rib bending and skinning practice are on the calendar, as are many other activities and adventurous guided learning!

Qajaq USA Event
When: September 7 - 10, 2017
Where: The Parker Scout Reservation
Merrifield, Minnesota 
Contact: Renee DuFresne

29th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
This will be Delmarva’s 29th year providing top level instruction to the paddling community. Anders Thygesen will be conducting a Qajaq/Iqyax (Baidarka) Building class. Your choice! Don Beale returns for the Paddle making workshop. Other special guests and workshops to be announced. This mentor rich event has a great student teacher ratio, often one on one. You're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, make new friends and have fun. All this in a rustic camp-style setting on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay, Delaware, USA.

When: October 5 - 8, 2017
Where: Camp Arrowhead 35143 Camp Arrowhead Road
Lewes, Delaware 
Contact: Contact Sue, Mike, or Chris

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