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  1. Sea Sherpa Kayak is holding the Polar Paddle Practicum for the 5th year in a row. One-of-a-kind, paddle action figure John Carmody is re-joining Gerry Polinsky on the coach staff. Part instructional, part exploratorium. Paddlers will work in similarly experienced pods allowing all to push within their comfort zones. The primary focus will be on personal skills, splitting time between coaching and "having at it". There will also be opportunity to work conditions forecasting and trip planning. South coast Maine is fantastically beautiful and is sadly underutilized by the open water paddle community. The area between Wells and Cape Elizabeth offers classic nautical Maine scenery and is filthy with fantastic rock gardening & surf options, lighthouses and lobster boats. Participants will be staying together in a centrally located, historic mansion with a fully outfitted kitchen. Appropriate skill level is modest to advanced intermediate open water paddlers. For further details on logistics and prices, go to PPP 5.0 or contact gerry at sea sherpa kayak dot com. This is a really fun, productive event and a great way to kick start your paddle season. We hope to see you there.
  2. Happy Winter All, https://seasherpakayak.com is offering two events in Baja in early March. Each is geared towards specific levels of experience so it should be easy to find a good fit. Gerry ran an event there last year: Conditions were spectacular (both weather and swell), our bungalow comfy with great views, fantastic food and quality tequila. Lots of fun and world class paddling. Event prices are surprisingly low as that's the way things are in Baja. Baja Bash-Week 2: Rocks & Surf Instructional March 8 – March 14, 2020 https://seasherpakayak.com/event/baja-bash-rocks-surf-skills-and/ Baja sea kayaking offers fantastic rock gardening and surf venues set against spectacular scenary and wildlife. In this event, we’ll balance skills instruction with exploration and playtime. Geared towards the modest to strong intermediate open water paddler, this event is a massive pile of fun and a great way to wash away the winter dust. Baja Bash-Week 1: Advanced Rocks & Surf March 1-7, 2020 https://seasherpakayak.com/event/baja-bash-week-1-advanced-rocks-surf/ Sea Sherpa Kayak is hosting two back-to-back kayak events in Baja. Week 1 is geared towards advanced, open water paddlers looking for a “peer paddle” exploratorium with long leashed, top tips coaching. Off shore reefs, pour-overs, slots, sea cliffs and shore surf set against a backdrop of fantastic scenery and wildlife. If interested, follow the link to https://seasherpakayak.com for more details or email gerry at sea sherpa kayak dot com
  3. SEA SHERPA KAYAK EARLY SEASON DISCOUNTS The lingering winter frequently has a chilling effect (pun) on cold clime paddle events. The Baja Bash (3/10-3/16) was a rocking hit, at least partially due to the warm weather setting. That said, there are a few spots left open in each of our next two classes so we have decided to counter by offering local club discounts. If you are a member in good standing of a New England based club, you are entitled to a 15% discount good for the following events:- POLAR PADDLE PRACTICUM 4.0 4/12 – 4/14 SOUTH COAST MAINEThis is a gift that keeps on giving. Now on it’s fourth iteration, we are trying out new locals and going back to our roots on programming. We’ve eliminated the Leadership Tract and are laser focused making sure paddlers get what they want and need on open water.South coast Maine is a fantastically beautiful area which is underutilized by the paddle community. Part instructional, part exploratorium, participants will have the opportunity to work with instructors to help pick the days’ venues and quantify what makes them tick. Paddlers will work in similarly experienced pods allowing all to push within their comfort zones.Participants will be staying together in a comfy house in Old Orchard Beach. It's a nice town and close enough to venue options to allow access to all sorts of great paddling.SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginners to advanced intermediate open water paddlers.PRICE: $700 minus a $105 discount- ROCKS, SURF, RACES 5/10-5/12 FISHERS ISLAND SOUND AND COASTAL RIHome to the awesome tide races of the Fishers Island Sound, surf beach venues along the RI south coast and Narragansett Bay and scenic rock gardening on the southern tip of Jamestown, we’ll go where conditions are best and paddler interest is highest. The focus of this event is to increase comfort and expand capacities in open water. This is a complex and varied set of venues, allowing a great opportunity for participants to hone their conditions forecasting skills.Tim Gleason, skilled active water coach from RI, joins Gerry to host this event in their native waters. As a marine scientist who grew up on the water and experienced sea leader with international experience, he brings a unique perspective to coaching. Gerry and Tim love paddling this area and are appreciative of the wide variety of condition options.This event will be housed either at a house or cabins at a camp depending on sign up levels.SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginners to intermediate open water paddlers.PRICE: We are still working out housing so final price is TBD. Will be somewhere in the $750 range minus a 15% discount for those needing housing. Local club members that are day players not needing housing will pay $525 minus a 15% discount.As always, check the calendar on our website for updates and additions at SeaSherpaKayak.com.You can reach out to Gerry directly at Gerry At Sea Sherpa Kayak Dot ComHave a great and safe 2019 paddle season.
  4. Based out of Connecticut, Sea Sherpa Kayak is owned and operated by Gerry Polinsky. We specialize in coaching kayakers, of all level of experience, in the dark arts of open water paddling. Our focus is on individualized instruction with no preset itineraries. Aside from group events, we are often available for private, semi private and custom classes. The list below includes a few highlights from the upcoming season.Follow this link to check out our current 2019 calendar: https://seasherpakayak.comNote: The calendar changes and expands often so, if interested, sign up on the site, for our newsletter/updates.BAJA ROCKS AND SURF: 3/10 - 3/16 BAJA CALIFORNIABaja is renowned for it's quality rock gardening and surf. Couldn't be a better place to kiss the winter good bye. Gerry is hosting this event, proudly partnering with Jenn Kleck. POLAR PADDLE PRACTICUM 4.0: 4/12 - 4/14 SOUTH COAST MAINEBack for the 4th year. Carl Ladd, owner of Ospery Sea Kayak Adventures fame is joining in on the fun. We will be joined by Kelsey&Johnathan Oltz. Southern Maine offers classic nautical Maine scenery and is filthy with fantastic rock gardening & surf options, lighthouses and lobster boats. ROCKS, SURF, RACES: 5/10 - 5/12 COASTAL CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLANDTim Gleason, skilled active water coach from RI, joins Gerry to host this event in their native waters. As a marine scientist who grew up on the water and experienced sea leader with international experience, he brings a unique perspective to coaching. Gerry and Tim love paddling this area and are appreciative of the wide variety of condition options. We'll follow where conditions are best. Venues offer the potential of an open water trifecta: Rock gardening, shore surfing and tide race play.SCHOODIC RETREAT 2.0: 9/16 - 9/20 SHOODIC PENINSULA, DOWN EAST MAINECO-PRESENTED BY SEA SHERPA KAYAK, GUILLEMOT KAYAK AND CHESAPEAKE LIGHT CRAFTOur favorite event of the year. Local luminary Nick Schade joins forces with Gerry in offering this one-of-a-kind combination of open water instructional, exploratorium and fine-living retreat. The Retreat is a good fit for both traditional (wood) and Brit style kayak enthusiasts. We have three pods of participants so all from advanced beginner to advanced open water paddlers are welcome. There is a non-paddling friends and family program with it's own events and a dedicated boat swap day so everyone can try Nick's Schade's boats in the waters they were designed for.The Schoodic Peninsula exemplifies the very best of rugged, remote and dramatic down east shoreline.
  5. Create A Custom Event Sea Sherpa Kayak offers private and semi private custom events. These are super efficient and focused on your individual wants and needs. Whether you are interested in personal skills in active water (tide races, surf, rock gardening), leadership, navigation, incident management, conditions forecasting, expeditionary skills or just getting out for an active water play day, privates are a great option. Custom events are for 1-10 paddlers and are available many weekdays and weekends From mid April through mid November. COSTS: 1 Paddler………………………………$450 2 Paddlers…………………………….$275/each 3 Paddlers…………………………….$225/each 4 Paddlers…………………………….$175/each 5-10 Paddlers……..……………….$150/each All days are 6-8 hours long (that is a big day in a small group), run rain or shine and will only be cancelled due to freakishly bad weather or an emergency. Contact [email protected] to create your event.
  6. Sea Sherpa Kayak has a new web site and calendar page. Check them out at https://seasherpakayak.com.Upcoming events Rough Water enthusiasts may be interested in include:- Open Water Training: May 19-20 A custom program geared towards paddlers with rudimentary active water experience looking to step up their skills. Options for one or two days of instruction. Held in the SE Connecticut and Rhode Island outer shore areas.Click on link for further details: https://seasherpakayak.com/event/open-water-skills/- Reversing Falls and Rock Gardens: July 14-15 We are happy to announce that up and coming coaches, Jonathan and Kelsey Oltz are co-hosting and assistant instructors on this eventThis is an open water skills development class, geared towards intermediate paddlers, located in the beautiful and remote Schoodic Peninsula area, just outside the magnificent Acadia National Park in Maine. Venues will include Sullivan Reversing Falls and rock gardening along the rugged outer coast. These days will be focused on open water instruction. We'll be aiming to make this a concentrated and productive experience. Conditions forecasting, incident management, techniques for rock gardening and taking advantage of the opportunities reversing falls offer that are both unique and universal to moving water kayaking.The main event is over the weekend. There are options to add days to fit your schedule. Non paddling significant others are welcome to join.Click on link for further details: https://seasherpakayak.com/event/schoodic-area-reversing-falls-rock-gardens/- Schoodic Sea Kayak Retreat: September 28-October 1stCo hosted with Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayak fame. Nick and Gerry have been paddling buddies for years and this marks their first event together. Held on the remote Schoodic Peninsula, in the rugged and fantastic waters off Acadia National Park, this event is part skills instructional, part exploration/productive play session. There will be two pods of paddlers: one of new open water enthusiasts - the other of seasoned open water warriors. A fleet of Nick's boats will be available for use in the waters they are designed for. Participants will be housed at the famed Schoodic Institute. Comfy apartments, great food, hiking trails that lead directly onto the outer coast. Non-paddling significant others are welcome to join. There are regular running shuttles, interpretive tours, local art galleries and fantastic hiking to keep them entertained. Click on link for further details: https://seasherpakayak.com/event/schoodic-sea-kayak-retreat/- Mid-Coast Sea Kayak Rendezvous: October 26-28This is, no kidding and hands down, a best in class. Fantastic venues combined with an attentive and supportive coaching staff. The Midcoast Sea Kayak Rendezvous is an annual event put on by John Carmody which fills to capacity every year with virtually no promotion - simply on merit and word of mouth. It features coaches from both North America and the UK that hold the highest levels of certification. Unlike many other symposiums, the midcoast venues offer a wide variety of types of water to learn in.Click on link for further details: https://seasherpakayak.com/event/midcoast-rendezvous/- Private and Custom Events: Available Spring through FallCreate your own event. These are super efficient and focused on your individual wants and needs. Whether you are interested in personal skills in conditions, leadership, navigation, incident management, conditions forecasting, expeditionary skills, or just getting out for an active water play day in rocks, surf and tide races, privates are a great option.Available on many weekends and most weekdays. Gerry has spent years turning his film lighting business into a self-running machine to allow him plenty of opportunity play hooky and get on the water. These events are run out of the SE Connecticut and Rhode Island outer coast areas.Clink on the link for further details: https://seasherpakayak.comKeep an eye on the calendar. More events to follow.Have a great paddle season. Hope to see you on the water soon.
  7. Good catch Prudence. I tried to sneak this posting out the morning of the first day of my most recent event and didn't take the time to proofread. Sorry all. I'll fix the copy on my site. BTW, this will be held in the southeastern Connecticut, western Rhode Island border area.
  8. SEA SHERPA KAYAK: OPEN WATER SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND May 19 & 20 This two day custom program is geared towards paddlers with rudimentary active water experience. Sneaking in under the wire of Labor Day means easier traffic, minimal power boats and wide open venues. This is your chance to kick start your open water paddle season. There are 1 and two day options. This intimate event features individualized instruction. That means there won't be a pre set itinerary and all paddlers will get to work on what they want and need. Paddle venues could include shore sure surf, rock gardening and/or tide races Check out the gory details at http://seasherpakayak.com/event/open-water-skills/. Disclaimer: This is a brandy new site. Some copy is still sketchy and some events are yet to be posted. Hope to see you on the water soon, Gerry Gerry at Sea Sherpa Kayak dot com
  9. This year's Polar Paddle Practicum (4/27-4/29) has some new additions: Original event description and pricing follows at bottom of page. - Full event participants is just about filled but we do have slots for day players. If you cannot schedule all 3 days but, are interested in a day or two of quality open water instruction, we have newly available spaces. - Turn out has been high so we've added an additional coach. Rhode Island resident, Tim Gleason, is an upcoming rock star instructor. As a local, he has deep understanding of the venues we'll be working. As a marine scientist, he brings an interesting take on the marine environment. - We've added a leadership tract for qualified participants. Qualified paddlers with the equivalent of BCU Star and/or ACA Level 3-4 and 5 aspirants can take a day (or half day) to co-coach. This is a hard to find opportunity to exercise the full spectrum of instructional muscle with a group in conditions. Venue selection, defining field of play, on/off water presentation, individualized instruction are all part of the tract. Head coaches will offer participants feedback and action planning based on your performance. Polar Paddle Practicum (PPP3) 4/27-4/29 2018 Kick start your active water paddle play season. Join John Carmody (Sea Cliff Kayakers) and Gerry Polinsky (Sea Sherpa Kayak) This mini symposium is geared towards any paddler from advanced beginner to advanced intermediate looking to refine their open water skills. We get a jump on the season as fall through spring is the best and most dependable season for active water. Classroom time and housing will be staged out of a camp located on the Ct/RI border. New this year, we will be staying in cabins that fit either two or four paddlers. Beds with sheets, bathrooms, kitchens, heat and a centralized location makes for very civilized pre and post paddle living. Paddle play itself will follow where conditions are best. Rock gardening, shore surf and tiderips are the featured possibilities. There will be no predetermined curriculum as this intimate event is focused on individual paddlers’ wants and needs. Participants will be working primarily with others of similar experience. The overall goal is to help you grow your capacity and comfort in rough water situations. As this area offers interesting and complex conditions, participants will have opportunities to take an active role in determining the daily paddle plans and grow their conditions forecasting tool-box. Costs are: - Campers in cabins of 4 $625 - Campers in cabins of 2 $675 - Day Players – all 3 days $500 - Single Day Players $175/day Note: cabins are available starting Thursday afternoon, 4/26. Contact Gerry At Sea Sherpa Kayak Dot Com to book or with any questions
  10. Polar Paddle Practicum (PPP3) 4/27-4/29 2018 Kick start your active water paddle play season. Join John Carmody (Sea Cliff Kayakers) and Gerry Polinsky (Sea Sherpa Kayak) for our. third annual PPP.This course is geared towards any paddler from advanced beginner to advanced intermediate looking to refine their open water skills. We get a jump on the season, as fall through spring is the best and most dependable season for active water. Classroom time and housing will be staged out of a camp located on the Ct/RI border. New this year, we will be staying in micro cabins that fit either two or four paddlers. Beds with sheets, bathrooms, kitchens, heat and a centralized location makes for very civilized pre and post paddle living. Paddle play itself will follow where conditions are best. Rock gardening, shore surf and tiderips are the featured possibilities. There will be no predetermined curriculum as this intimate event is focused on individual paddlers’ wants and needs. Paddlers will be working primarily with others of similar experience. The overall goal is to help you grow your capacity and comfort in rough water situations. As this area offers interesting and complex conditions, participants will have opportunities to take an active role in determining the daily paddle plans and grow their conditions forecasting tool-box. Costs are: - Campers in cabins of 4 $625 - Campers in cabins of 2 $675 - Day Players – all 3 days $500 - Single Day Players $200/day Note: cabins are available starting Thursday afternoon, 4/26. Contact Gerry At Sea Sherpa Kayak Dot Com to book or with any questions .
  11. Sea Sherpa Kayak is delivering a two days skills weekend 7/22-7/23. Venues will be in the coastal Ct/RI area. There is an option to do either or both days. - 1 day of ACA Skills Assessment. Level 3 and 4: These now are required before doing the same level IDW or ICE. Non ACA members can treat this as a technical skills training/proficiency check - 1 day of Open Water Personal Skills: Instruction based day to work on boat handling and proficiency in conditions. Depending on forecast, this will include surf, rocks, tidal or some combination thereof. Supplemental options include conditions forecasting and incident management. Costs are $175/day or $350 for entire weekend. Cost effective tent camping is available at Burlingame State Park. Feel free to contact Gerry if you have further questions. Gerry at Sea Sherpa Kayak dot com
  12. The unexpected spring refreeze has resulted in a couple of fair weather types dropping off this instructional. Sadly for myself, we had a full house so I had dropped the pricing by $50 but that will work out for any last minute takers. Truth is that the water is already unseasonably warm so this should be quite the civilized event. Polar Paddle Practicum 2 4/28-4/30 2017 Kick start your active water paddle play season. Join John Carmody (Sea Cliff Kayakers) and Gerry Polinsky (Sea Sherpa Kayak) for their 2nd annual, early season, rough water skills training event. Like The Godfather, #2 is going to be even better than the original. This course is geared towards intermediate paddlers looking to refine their open water skills in a kinda’ cold water setting – fall through spring being the best season for active water. Classroom time and housing will be staged out of a camp located mid coast RI. Catered meals, warm showers, comfy cots and centralized location makes for very civilized pre and post paddle living. Paddle play itself will follow where conditions are best along the CT/RI shoreline. Rock gardening, shore surf and tiderips are among the promising possibilities. There will be no predetermined curriculum as this intimate event is focused on individual paddlers’ wants and needs. As this area offers such interesting and complex conditions, participants will have an opportunity to take an active role in determining the daily paddle plans and grow their conditions forecasting tool box. Costs are $500 w/o housing OR $625 including housing Contact [email protected] to register or if you have any questions
  13. Polar Paddle Practicum 2 4/28-4/30 2017 Kick start your active water paddle play season. Join John Carmody (Sea Cliff Kayakers) and Gerry Polinsky (Sea Sherpa Kayak) for their 2nd annual, early season, rough water skills training event. This course is geared towards intermediate paddlers looking to refine their open water skills in a kinda’ cold water setting – fall through spring being the best season for active water. Classroom time and housing will be staged out of a camp located mid coast RI. Catered meals, warm showers, comfy cots and centralized location makes for very civilized pre and post paddle living. Paddle play itself will follow where conditions are best along the CT/RI shoreline. Rock gardening, shore surf and tiderips are among the promising possibilities. There will be no predetermined curriculum as this intimate event is focused on individual paddlers’ wants and needs. As this area offers such interesting and complex conditions, participants will have an opportunity to take an active role in determining the daily paddle plans and grow their conditions forecasting tool box. Costs are $525 w/o housing OR $675 including housing Contact Gerry at Sea Sherpa Kayak dot com to register or if you have any questions
  14. Polar Paddle Practicum April 29th - May 1st Kick start your active water paddle play season. John Carmody (Sea Cliff Kayakers) and Gerry Polinsky (Sea Sherpa Kayak) are offering a rough water, personal skills training. This course is geared towards intermediate to advanced paddlers looking to refine their cold water comfort, safety and rough water skill set. Classroom time and housing will be staged out of the fabled Groton House, a grand and historic victorian on the shores of the Fishers Island Sound. Paddle play will follow where conditions are best along the CT/RI shoreline. Rocks, shore surf and tiderips are among the promising possibilities. There will be no predetermined curriculum as this intimate event is focused on individual paddlers’ wants and needs. As this area offers such interesting and complex conditions, participants will have an opportunity to take an active role in determining the daily paddle plans. Costs are $525 w/o housing OR $675 including housing Contact Gerry At Sea Sherpa Kayak Dot Com with any questions
  15. Polar Paddle Practicum April 29th - May 1st Kick start your active water paddle play season. John Carmody (Sea Cliff Kayakers) and Gerry Polinsky (Sea Sherpa Kayak) are offering a rough water, personal skills training. This course is geared towards intermediate to advanced paddlers looking to refine their cold water comfort, safety and rough water skill set. Classroom time and housing will be staged out of the fabled Groton House, a grand and historic Victorian on the shores of the Fishers Island Sound. Paddle play will follow where conditions are best along the CT/RI shoreline. Rocks, shore surf and tiderips are among the promising possibilities. There will be no predetermined curriculum as this intimate event is focused on individual paddlers’ wants and needs. As this area offers such interesting and complex conditions, participants will have an opportunity to take an active role in determining the daily paddle plans. Costs are $525 w/o housing OR $675 including housing Contact Gerry At Sea Sherpa Kayak Dot Com with any questions
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