PLATTSBURGH, NY (06/20/2008; 1629)(readMedia)-- SUNY Plattsburgh's Lake Champlain Kayak Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with an additional Demo Day and a new, advanced, instructional program, where attendees will stay at Twin Valleys Outdoor Educational Center, take part in evening sessions and network with other paddlers.
Demo Days will start with the annual "Round the Island Race" on
Saturday, July 19. This seven-mile citizen's race is for kayakers of
all skill levels. It is an opportunity to enjoy the recreational
company of others while paddling around Valcour Island and taking in
the mountain views of New York and Vermont.
Registration for the race is $10 and begins at 8 a.m. at the Valcour
Kayak Center, located in the Valcour Educational Conference Center on
Route 9 south of Plattsburgh. The race starts at 9 a.m.
Underwritten by Necky and MTI Adventurewear with additional support
from local and national corporations, Demo Days events are free and
open to the public. They will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July
19, and Sunday, July 20, at the Valcour Kayak Center.
A great opportunity for anyone interested in kayaking, these days
will feature local and national vendors who will make a wide variety of
boats and other equipment available for use. Sea Kayak Institute
faculty will be in the water to serve as safety boats and to offer
"This event is unusual because it is not a retail event," said Dr.
Larry Soroka, director of the Adirondack Experience at the State
University of New York College at Plattsburgh and organizer of the Sea
Kayak Institute. "It's an excellent opportunity to talk to company
representatives and paddling instructors without the pressure of sales.
I encourage anyone interested in testing out a sea kayak to stop by for
our Demo Days."
Two tracks are now being offered through the institute for those wishing to improve their kayaking skills.
Beginners can take part in the institute's traditional Level I
program. Designed for those with less technical knowledge, this program
will run from Tuesday, July 22 to Friday, July 25. It will feature
daily trips to Lake Champlain's beaches, islands and bays. Topics to be
• Wet and dry entries and exits.
• Self and assisted rescues, sweeps, draws and rudder strokes.
• And more.
"By the end of the four days, participants will have paddled more
hours than some recreational paddlers might in a summer, all the while
learning strokes, rescues and even getting an introduction into
rolling," said Soroka.
Institute alumni or those with considerable technical knowledge
and/or experience can take part in the new Level II residency program,
Monday, July14 through Friday, July 18. It will help those who already
kayak learn to do it better and will feature daily paddles and
instruction on Lake Champlain, as well as evening training and events
at the program's Twin Valley's base camp.
"Building camaraderie is a part of growing in any activity," said
Soroka, and the evenings spent at Twin Valleys will help attendees do
The cost for either instructional program is $550 for the non-credit
option. The classes may also be taken for two college credits at a cost
of $595.10 for in-state residents. Out-of-state residents wishing to
take the course for credits should call for more information. Space is
For additional information or directions, visit
www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/adx/lcskischedule.php or call Soroka at
Sea Kayak Institute Celebrates 10th AnniversaryFriday, 20 June 2008
SUNY Plattsburgh's Lake Champlain Kayak Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with an additional Demo Day and a new, advanced, instructional program, where attendees will stay at Twin Valleys Outdoor Educational Center, take part in evening sessions and network with other paddlers.
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