In its fifth year, the Hudson Valley Paddlesport Symposium remains the Tri-State Area’s premier paddling education event, attracting broader interest and growing attendance each year.   To grow their skills, committed Kayak or Stand Up Paddlers choose between 2 or 3-day Pro Tracks and work with some of the best coaches and instructors in the US.  The international instructor/coach roster includes top talents from both the and American Canoe Association and British Canoeing. Our Pro -Track Series features a high coach-to-participant ratio, where paddlers will work in small groups with others at similar skill levels to maximize their learning and growth.

Event Details

Over the dates of July 6-8, 2018, Prime Paddlesports has organized the fifth annual Hudson Valley Paddlesports Symposium based out of New York State Parks’ Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring, NY.  This event is for any water enthusiasts who have an interest in developing as kayakers or stand up paddlers, or may be interested in other paddlecraft to get out and enjoy the river.

Participants will paddle Hudson River water venues between
Croton and Beacon, NY over the of the event with talented,
skilled, and dedicated instructors who want to share their passion
for watersports.

We are excited to share the 2018 Hudson Valley Paddlesports Symposium’s offerings with you. In addition to the fantastic learning opportunities, event participation includes free American Canoe Association Memberships, great gear giveaways and raffles, and inclusion in a unique camaraderie found within the paddling community. We hope that you will choose to be a part of the event.

Symposium Offerings

To register, please email us at indicating which program(s) you would like to register for.   We will need your name, address, cell phone number, and participation choice(s) to prepare your invoice.  Full prepayment is required. Refunds are issued if a program does not run.

Sea Kayaking Pro Track

The premier educational offering at the event is our Pro Track Series for Sea Kayakers, where participants work with the best educators in the sport of sea kayaking for multiple days, focusing on individual core principles and fundamentals, putting paddlers on the fast-track for understanding and improvement of performance on many types of waters, from wild to tame.   The Pro-Track is undoubtedly the route for paddlers who are serious about their development and want to invest in their ability to do and understand more in the sport of sea kayaking. In our Pro Tracks, participants are grouped with others of similar experience, based upon ability and training. We then work in low coach to student ratios resulting in greater learning. Each pod has a program leader who will help to coordinate the learning for the group.  The participants of the Pro Tracks will work with one group leader for the event and will work with different lead coaches for each day, giving them maximum contact time with skilled instructors and coaches. This format allows for the most contact time with professional coaches.



3 Day Pro Track with Meals and Lodging –  $555

Three days of instruction: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Lodging on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
All meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday Lunch

3 Day Pro Track Day Participation $395

Three days of instruction: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

2 Day Pro Track with Meals and Lodging – $435

Two days of instruction: Saturday and Sunday
Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights
All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday Lunch

2 Day Pro Track Day Participation – $335

Two days of instruction: Saturday and Sunday

Equipment Rentals : 
Performance Equipment Rentals: $65 per day for performance kayak ( Fiberglass / Composites) , Paddle , PFD and, Skirt 
Standard Equipment Rental; $45 per day for Sea Kayak (Rotomolded Plastic), Paddle, PFD, and Sprayskirt.

Pro Track participants will be asked to complete a paddler questionnaire after registering which will help us to group paddlers of like ability and training.  This will be set out one week prior to the event.

All Pro Track Courses are led by professional Sea Kayak Instructors with the support of  talented local instructors and coaches.

SUP Development Workshop
Saturday, 07/07



Equipment Rental: $40/day

This class establishes the foundation that all SUP paddlers need before hitting the water! Paddling safely, equipment, and trip planning are a big part of the course. On the water, participants will be  introduced to the basic skills needed to efficiently move a Stand-Up board through the water. Instructors will emphasize proper form and technique to maximize efficiency and minimize fatigue. Participants will practice and develop a  deep water rescue which is a safety skill every paddler will own. This is a five–hour workshop.

Hudson River Journey & SUP Trip Planning
Sunday, 07/08

Equipment Rental: $40/day

In this program, SUP Instructors will cover the basics of Stand Up Paddling trip planning and journeying and set out for the day after to follow their plan.  This trip will be of a moderate length of approximately eight to ten miles in the picturesque Hudson Highlands. Participants will take an active role in putting the day’s plan together after learning about environmental considerations, such as wind and tide, and will plan the day with the guidance and our instructors. Equipment , basics, including what you need on the water with you to make your day drips more enjoyable, and safety will be discussed and reviewed.  The aim of this workshop is to build individual paddlers’ confidence and give them the tools they need to begin to safely paddle and journey farther in their own pursuits. It is also a great opportunity to get out with other SUP enthusiasts and lay down some miles!

SUP Weekend Package

Equipment Rental: $40/day

Join us for both the SUP Development Workshop and the Hudson River Journey and SUP Trip Planning Workshops on Saturday and Sunday, and stay the weekend with meals and lodging at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center TOEC.  A Weekend of SUP Immersion.

Outrigger Canoe Workshop
Saturday, July 7th  at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM
Sunday, July 8th at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM

$75/person. all equipment included

We are excited to have the folks from Ke Aloha Outrigger in Hoboken, NJ joining us at the Symposium and offering half day clinics in Outrigger Canoeing. They will be bringing an OC1, OC2 and an OC4 for interested paddlers to learn the basics and try multiple multiple types of Outrigger Canoes. Participation in the workshops does not require any past paddling experience, and we welcome anyone interested to join. This is a great opportunity for Hudson River users to get out and enjoy the river in different types of crafts that we don’t normally have in the area.

Roll One with Taro and Chev

Saturday, July 7th – 9:30 AM
Sunday July 8th – 9:30 AM

Equipment Rental: $25/session

This three–hour rolling clinic is aimed at finding areas that will help each paddler improve his/her rolling, or for those who are new, perhaps even achieve it for the first time. Instructors will work with participants to find more efficient ways of getting back upright and lead exercises that will, over time, improve their ability to roll. This class can help for those that might be having a hard time putting all the pieces together, as well as those who might want to improve or even bombproof their kayak roll. This program is led by local instructors and enthusiasts, Taro Ietaka and Chevaughn Dixon who are excited to get you rolling.

Private Rolling Instruction
Thursday, July 5th – 6:00 PM  – 2 spaces available // 7:00 PM  2 spaces available
Friday, July 6th – 6:00 PM  2 spaces available // 7:00 PM  2 spaces available
Saturday, July 7th – 6:00 PM  2 spaces available // 7:00 PM 2 spaces available

$50/participant // $30 add-on for Pro Track
Equipment Rental: $25/session

Work with our  rolling instructors in a private  one on one session in the Lake at TOEC before or after your day on the river.  Working individually with an instructor, enables better and more focused attention to individual paddlers body dynamics and debugging common mistakes which may hinder rolling  progress.

Surfski Session

Saturday, July 7th, 1:00pm

$135.00 per person
Kayaks provided. Participants to provide PFD and Spare Paddle. Limited to six participants.

Join Ocean Paddlesports East and local surfski instructor Jean Kostelich, for a half day clinic on the sport of surfski paddling -high performance sit-on-top kayaks intended for open ocean conditions and surfing swells. With the advent of user-friendly, stable ‘skis, closed cockpit kayakers are discovering the exhilarating speed, fun, and freedom of these sleek watercraft. In a clinic that takes part both on land and water, Mark will take you through surfski and wing blade paddle features, selection, and fit, as well as safety accessories and considerations. The ‘on water’ segment includes proper forward stroke technique and mechanics, remounting, brace strokes, steering and surfing. Participants will use state of the art entry level and intermediate surfskis from a variety of manufacturers, with an ‘on water’ emphasis on becoming familiar with these sleek and speedy crafts.

West Point Fireworks Tour
Saturday, July 7th, 7:30–10:00pm

$65.00 per person

As an exciting add-on option for Hudson Valley Paddlesport Symposium participants, we are offering the West Point Fireworks Tour led by local outfitter Hudson River Expeditions on Saturday night, July 7th!

Launch out of historic Foundry Dock Park and paddle through World’s End as night begins to fall. Kayakers will enjoy a fantastic fireworks display over the Hudson while floating off the shore of Constitution Island. Professional Guides will share the rich histories of the area and the role of Cold Spring and other local areas played in the Revolutionary and Civil War Histories.

There is no better way to watch the professional fireworks display put on by the US Military Academy out of fabled Trophy Point.


Please email us at  indicating which program(s) you would like to register for.   We will need your name, address, cell phone number, and selection(s) to prepare your invoice.  Full prepayment is required. Refunds are issued if a program does not run.