Find out more about MCS
The first draft workshops descriptions for MCS 2018 is now available on the MCS website. This list includes both on-water workshops, on-land workshops, children's programming, and evening speakers. Check it out on our home page: MaineCanoeSymposium.org
There are so many different ways to move a canoe, come learn a new one.
A Sampling of this Year's On-Water Workshops
These are just a few workshops at MCS 2018 to whet your appetite-many more listed on our website.
Register today and join us for lots of great workshops!
Poling for Women
Instructor: Lisa DeHart
In a small class of five, learn the basics of choosing a boat and pole, where to stand, and very basic maneuvering: how to turn right and left, push off nice and straight, how to stop, and sideslip. Women teaching women, having fun on the water-come and play.
Introduction to Solo Paddling for Solo or Tandem Canoes
Instructor: Keith Attenborough
Learn the specifics of paddling solo, where it's all up to you. We'll spend a few minutes talking about differences between paddling a solo canoe and soloing a tandem boat, and how soloing impacts things like launching and landing, paddling position, and maintaining boat stability. On the water we'll learn basic strokes and how to adjust to not having another paddler in the boat. Back on land, and depending on time, we'll go over some basics of rigging for solo paddling, including ballast, seat height/angle, and other aspects.
Instructor: Jane Barron
A variation on the "slicing J" (or "Canadian" stroke in Bill Mason's lexicon), true Northwoods paddling uses a narrow-bladed beavertail paddle at a fast stroke rate, a slight bob to the torso to engage the abdominal muscles, and a slicing underwater recovery to cover a lot of miles with less effort. And if all that sounds like mumbo jumbo, take the class to learn a traditional paddling stroke used by Maine Guides to paddle all day and not get tired.
Family Voyageur Canoe Paddle
Instructors: Jeff, Finn, and Carly McCabe
All ages welcome to join us as we take out one or two newly restored voyageur canoes for a paddle down Moose Pond. We will take a short coffee/tea/hot chocolate break before heading back to Camp Winona. So take this opportunity to experience the easy flow and comradeship of voyageur canoe travel.
Women in the Stern
Instructor: Polly Mahoney
Women make great stern paddlers! And men great bow paddlers! Sit and switch paddling is ideally suited to put the strongest member of the canoe pair in the bow, where (his) muscles can motor you through the water, and the woman in the stern can finesse and fine-tune the course direction. Come learn more about bow and stern responsibilities, tandem teamwork, and why, for many couples, this arrangement makes the most efficient and pleasant paddling.