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Workshops are still being staffed and scheduled. They are subject to change depending upon interest. 

2022 Update:


Below are some of the workshops we've had in past years. 

Paddle Making with Don Beale

Additional $150 Registration

Carve your own Greenland Paddle with Master Carver Don Beale, and assistant Joanne Barta. Have your choice of Western Red Cedar or Cottonwood. The Cedar is softer and lighter, the cottonwood is stronger and more dense. For the class, you’ll need to wear closed-toed shoes. Each participant needs to bring two 4” or larger C-clamps. All the carving tools are provided. Plan on spending the full day with a 45 minute lunch break, and everyone will leave with a finished paddle, ready for use the next day. Email Don directly for individual sizing, or choose a small (85 x 19 x 3-1/4), medium (87 x 20 x 3-1/4), or large (89 x 21 x 3-1/4”). You will need to provide dimensions before September 6th. 

This class will begin at 9AM sharp on Friday. 

Anders showed us this video and about half way through it there is perhaps the best explanation of why we use the Greenland paddle we’ve heard. It's worth a view. The Greenland Style Paddle

Yoga with Jacquelyn Crowhurst and her assistant Christopher

open to all attendees before breakfast Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Jacquelyn and Christopher are certified yoga instructors and offer their services (Croga) to Qajaq USA events including Delmarva. They will be offering a hands on yoga workshop each morning, Friday through Sunday. Helping to prepare your body for a day of paddling and rolling. Starting out with a beginner level flowing vinyasa class aimed specifically to lengthen the muscles needed for efficient strokes and rolls. Over the weekend the practice will change to become more restorative as our bodies become tired from all the great mentoring afloat.

Akuilisaq Workshop - Thursday

Additional $125 Registration

An akuilisaq offers you more freedom of movement in the kayak cockpit than the modern tunnel sprayskirt. The akuilisaq, used during the summer in Greenland, is the lower part of a tuilik. It allows you to move your body in the cockpit and to rotate your torso with less restriction than a modern spray skirt, while still keeping water out of the kayak.

Learn to make a pattern and then use it to make your akuilisaq. We will be using neoprene in this workshop. Skills needed to make the akuilisaq are an eagerness to learn, strength/coordination to cut neoprene from a pattern with some accuracy, and a desire to have fun! The akuilisaq pieces will be glued and/or sewn. We'll start early morning, and by the end of the day you will have an akuilisaq specifically fitted to you and your kayak.

If you have allergies to latex or neoprene cement, please let us know. The Aquilisaq is best suited for smaller, non-keyhole cockpits.

Cost for the workshop includes all materials. The workshop will be limited, so register early!

The mentors of the workshop (Jane and Kathy) will contact you via email for information about you and your kayak, and what tools you will need to bring with you.

Harpoons- Thursday


Paddlers who appreciate the origins of kayaking know that the main reason the Greenland qajaq was developed was to reach game on the water that hunters could not reach on land. The harpoon co-evolved with the qajaq and was key to the survival of the Inuit. Now is the time to complete your Greenland kit. Spend the day with Sipke Deboer and Renee DuFresne making your own practice harpoon. This harpoon will be one piece and suitable for beach practice or in the water. A custom Norsaq (throwing stick) is included.

Greenland Strokes with Mike Hamilton

Please check schedule for more information

Mike Hamilton moderates a workshop on strokes. Peter did this video of the 2015 Strokes clinic with John Pedersen. It's long, but informative.

Ropes Workshop all weekend

included in registration

Try your skills and pick up tips & personal instruction from the experts with the Greenland Rope Gymnastics. Sessions may include anything from Setup, Individual Coaching, and Competition Strategies including simulated scoring. Indicate your level by circling one: Beginner or Intermediate. Sessions will be run by The Side Bros and maybe a sister(?) Dubside, Dave Sides, Robin-side and any number of the Apgar family.

QAJAQ Skinning Demo- Saturday

Included in registration

Qajaq USA Skin on Frame builders  will be on hand to answer all your qajaq skinning questions demonstrate technique, and re-skinning a skin on frame.

Steam Bending Ribs - Various Times


Steam bending wooden ribs and coamings is 1/3 science and 2/3 art.  Learn about building the steam box, selecting wood, how to determine steaming time and tips to minimize breakage. You will then get to practice bending ribs with some coaching from Peter. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to demystify this critical qajaq building skill.

Float Bags- Thursday


Kayaks without bulkheads that fill with water when capsized can be extremely difficult to rescue. Adding float bags to displace some of that water can help. Commercially made float bags are available at your paddle store, but most are undersized for skin on frame qajaqs. In this workshop, you will make a set of float bags specifically sized for your qajaq.

Introduction to working with Neoprene- Friday


Neoprene is used for making spray skirts, mittens, tuiliks, mittens, wet suits, mittens and more. Learn the basics of working with neoprene with Terry O’Malley, past president of QajaqUSA. In this workshop, you will be making mittens, but more importantly, you will be learning the tricks where to buy, how to cut and assemble neoprene using your own body measurements for a custom fit.

Sea Socks- Thursday


Sea socks do an even better job of keeping the water out during a capsize and have the benefit of keeping abrasive sand out, which is especially important in skin on frame qajaqs. Some sea sock designs feel clammy or can present challenges in an emergency. We’ll be using a design by Anders Thygesen that is comfortable, makes rescues easier and keeps the sand out.

In this video, Anders describes sea socks and makes a convincing argument for them:

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