THE NEXT WELSH SYMPOSIUM WILL BE 28-30 October 2022
Downloadable Info & Forms
The Open Canoe Symposium has become the premier event for open canoeists across the UK. Organised & run on a voluntary, not-for-profit basis, the hosting of the event now rotates annually between Wales, England & Scotland in a three-year cycle. Its aim has always been to bring together people of all levels of experience and ability in a sharing of enthusiasm for & knowledge of all aspects of open canoeing.
This year we have invited the renowned Canadian adventurer/paddler/writer/speaker Kevin Callan to join us from across the Atlantic.
Kevin is a prolific guide book writer as well as an adventurer with many books and articles detailing his thoughts and adventures, a reknowned speaker and a member of the council of the Canoe Museum in Ontario.
Gwersyll Glanllyn is an Outdoor Education Centre situated on the shores of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). Owned by the Urdd (a Welsh National Youth Organisation), it is situated about 4 miles west of the town of Bala on the A494. The site has direct access to the lake shore & is within easy reach of a variety of other canoeing venues.
Option 1 - Full Accommodation £207
The on-site accommodation is comfortable, in shared rooms sleeping 4, 5 or 6 persons & with en-suite
Option 2 - Camping £160
For those choosing to camp, there is an option to camp on a field at the centre, making use of facilities (toilets and shower etc) at the centre.
Option 3-Day Visitor (£77 per day)
For those who wish to join us but do not want accommodation it is possible to book in advance as a day
Packages are inclusive of:
Accommodation: Friday & Saturday night (depending on option chosen).
Meals: Saturday breakfast, packed lunch & dinner; Sunday breakfast & packed lunch.
Daytime Workshops: Saturday & Sunday
Canoe Trade Supporters
There will be canoe shops on site and demo boats.
The symposium is generally staffed by some of the most experienced & knowledgeable canoe coaches from across the UK. All of them give up their time for free to be involved in the weekend. The diversity of workshops & quality of coaching available means that the Symposium represents incredible value for money.
Water level & weather conditions significantly affect which workshops we can offer. Our aim will be to give a wide range of half-day & all-day workshops based around the prevailing conditions. There is usually something to suit novice, improving & advanced ability paddlers.
Workshop booking forms will be sent out in mid September.
There will be an onsite bar on Friday & Saturday, for which we have requested a late license.
There will be presentations on both Friday evening & Saturday evening by Kevin Callan as well as others.
A list of workshops
Tryweryn & Afon Dyfrdwy (Dee)
Workshop lists and booking form will be sent out to all participants in mid September
On the Tryweryn and the Afon Dyfrdwy (Dee)
Sailing both improvised and with specialist rigs
Poling, lining and tracking. Beyond the paddle
Technique, sailing, trips and a whole host more.
A chance to practise those shore skills
Both on rivers and lakes. `People and kit too.