The weekend is yours to tailor for yourself from among the wide variety of activities that will be available.
Skills classes will begin in earnest with our guest mentors on Friday afternoon and continue throughout the weekend.  Also, peer mentors will be matched with you to help with your on-water practice if you desire.  Scattered among the on-water skills classes will be demonstrations of other skills such as ropes, harpooning,  kayak building,  games and perhaps even a few competitions.
Each morning will begin with Yoga before coffee and breakfast.  (Actually there might be some coffee made in the conference center before yoga, so don't despair.)   Those who would like can also take advantage of some personalized yoga attention from Debbie focused on specific problems (see below). 
Thursday is for those who need or want to come early.  The Paddle Making Workshop conducted by Don Beale will begin Thursday morning.   Those who have chosen to make the break apart will continue on  Friday morning. Others who have registered for the extended weekend may join a group paddle to explore portions of Lake Greenwood or work on rolling or strokes with peers.   

The "extended weekend package is for those wanting to attend the pre-event activities as well as those who are coming from a distance and may want to arrive a day early to be rested and ready for the first skills sessions.  
Saturday evening is auction night.  Please remember that TIPS is an all volunteer event.  Proceeds from the auction are used directly to help bring in our special guests and to defray costs so that registration fees can remain low.  Popular items for the auction table are kayak related and hand crafted items.  So we urge each of you to donate new or lightly used items to the auction.  It is okay to ask a friend or your local outfitter whether they would like to send something along with you also.  If your local outfitter would like to donate an item and you let us know, we can include them on our website as a friend of TIPS.    And don't forget to bring your wallet and/or charge cards to take some of those goodies home with you.   Help insure that TIPS will continue as an annual event!

The workshop will begin on Thursday morning, and those who have elected to build a one piece paddle will be finished by the end of the day.  Those who elect the break-apart will continue to finish their paddle on Friday morning.

Don will provide the carving tools and a blank, which means that  the wood length will be cut to your proper measurement and the excess wood will be pared away from the loom area. 

Participants must bring 4 “C” clamps — 3” capacity. No requisite skills are necessary, but  participants with no experience may want to familiarize themselves with how to use a block plane and/or spoke shave.

Participants must register by 15 April so that measurements can be sent to Don and the blanks shipped back East.  How to determine and a place to record those measurements can be found under the registration pull down.

 Don also has 3 woods to choose from.  One piece paddles can be made from any.  Western red cedar is the lightest and most often used of these materials and makes a beautiful paddle.  But, for a break-apart paddle, Don would recommend cottonwood.  It is almost as light as cedar but quite a bit stronger, and has a unique look.  He also has some yellow cedar (heavier still) for those beefy souls who plan to paddle in rough waters and don’t mind the weight.

Costs for the workshop will be $135 for the one piece and $190 for the break-apart to cover extra materials.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at [email protected] ​​
None of us has mirrors to see exactly how we are sitting or how we are moving our bodies as we paddle. Usually through discomfort our bodies tell us that things could be better. If you are having recurring problems while or after paddling, this may be just the session for you. Debbie Seabrook, a certified yoga teacher, will be available to help identify what may be causing the problems and what exercises could help you gain flexibility and strength to alleviate those ailments.  If you would like to be a part of this session, please begin a dialogue with Debbie by providing her a statement of what you would like to work on.  Contact her at  [email protected].  A session will last about 90 minutes and will be limited to 6 people.  Multiple sessions will be scheduled if needed.