2017 Course Descriptions

We have posted this years course descriptions. See Class Descriptions. It is early and the list is likely to be added to. Delmarva does not limit the number of Mentors who attend. We tend to be a very Mentor rich event and encourage Mentors to learn from fellow Mentors too. For the attendee it often results in very favorable mentor/student ratios. Often 2:1 or even 1:1.

At Delmarva we are striving to develop courses that take full advantage of the area’s large bodies of relatively protected salt water. We are expanding course selections in open water control of your kayak such as edging and bracing. Rolls are great but learning to avoid going over is a required skill when paddling bays and oceans. The attendee will have the opportunity to put all of the skills they have learned together in a real world open water environment.

Please come join us.

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN for this years 29th Annual Delmarva(lous) Paddlers Retreat.

In keeping with Delmarva promotion of traditional kayaking, we felt we should hang onto the tradition of opening registration on July 4th, as we have done for 29 years. REGISTRATION IS OPEN for this years 29th Annual Delmarva(lous) Paddlers Retreat to be held October 5-8, 2017 at Camp Arrowhead near Lewes, Delaware. We hope you’ll be able to join us

We are updating and will keep updating the website. What we know as of today, July 4th

  • We already have three registered for Anders Skin on Frame Class
  • Peter Strand will be joining us to do a skinning demo on one to the QUSA fleet kayaks.
  • Don and Joanne are back for the paddle making workshop
  • Mentor only training on Thursday
  • Greg Stamer will be teaching strokes, he’s into distance and speed - a little different take from John Pedersen the last couple of years.
  • Tamsin Venn and David Eden from Atlantic Coastal Kayaker will be attending this year.
  • We will be continuing our emphasis on open water skills and safety.
  • There will be chicken on the menu at least once because one its Delmarva and two Jim’s baked chicken is simply the best.

We hope everyone had a safe and Happy 4th of July.

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Greg Stamer will be our Guest

Greg Stamer
Greg Stamer

Greg has been a regular at Delmarva, especially in the early years of Qajaq USA. We are pleased to confirm that he will be our guest this year. Greg Stamer is the founder and past-president of Qajaq USA. Greg has over twenty years experience using Greenland-style paddles and equipment and credits John Heath and Greenland Champion Maligiaq Padilla as his primary mentors..


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Skin on Frame Building at Delmarva

Anders will be bringing his skin on frame building class to Delmarva. The class will take place the week before the main event beginning September 30, 2017 and going through October 6th or 7th if needed. Email us if you are interested. Signup for this class closes September 10th 2017.

He is an accomplished expedition kayaker and to support his habit (and the family) Anders also builds kayaks and makes paddles in Norway. A favorite guest at Delmarva he will be at Delmarva in 2017 teaching kayaking building. We will be offering both traditional Greenland qajaqs and iqyax (aka the baidarka)

Below is one of Anders many informative videos. See more of what he does at Kajakkspesialisten (don't miss his blog) and at Norwegian Wood Paddles. Grab a beer or wine before you sit down, you won't want to stop looking at his next video.

=====A Thousand Hands Ago=====

A short film about of recalling the knowledge of long dead craftsmen.

Over the course of three days, Danish kayak builder Anders Thygesen builds an Aleutian iqyax by the shore of his local lake. He reflects on the process of learning these skills from masters whom he has never met.

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From Peter - Delmarva Paddlers Retreat 2016

If you haven't seen Peter Gengler's tribute to this year's Delmarvalous Paddlers Retreat is a must see. 2016 Delmarva Paddler's Retreat

=====Thank You Gengler=====

 Catriona, our very active FaceBook editor, has been collecting participant's photos and posting them on our FaceBook page. Delmarva on FaceBook

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The 2015 Kayak Build Competition

Ralph Young has done a film on the 1st Annual Kayak Build Competition.

=====Thank You Ralph=====


Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Kayak Build from Ralph Young on Vimeo.

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Videos and Photo Albums

If you haven't seen Peter Gengler's tribute to this year's Delmarvalous Paddlers Retreat you must take a moment.2015 Delmarva Paddler's Retreat

=====Thank You Gengler=====


DJ has links to  his wonderful images posted on his Favebook page. 2015 Images from DJ


Catriona has been collecting participant's photo posting on our FaceBook page. Delmarva on FaceBook

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