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June 2018

Summer Kick-Off Party

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Short’s Production Facility, 211 Industrial Park
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States
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Paddle Antrim and Short's Brewing Company invite you to kick of summer in style and support Paddle Antrim's efforts to protect our waterways and develop the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. Thanks to a generous matching challenge, all donations made at the event will be matched 1:1 by Short's Brewing Company. As if that wasn't enough, all donors will also receive a $1 pour of any of Short's delicious brews (limit 1 per person). Music will be jamming and there…

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Coastal Kayaking Immersion

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Birch Lake Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States + Google Map
$150

In this all day class paddlers will focus on boat control, safety, and building confidence. You will learn fundamental safety skills and stroke enhancements that will help you turn better and travel forward with less energy expended. Other skills will include basic rescues, edging, and beginning bracing. You’ll also be introduced to “risk management” as it relates to sea kayaking in the places you plan to play. Course Covers: boat control – stroke enhancement, edging/stability, capsize prevention – bracing, moving…

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Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Birch Lake Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States + Google Map
$90

SUP or Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world and for good reason.  It’s a ton of fun!  Whether you want to paddle SUP for fitness on your local pond, explore meandering rivers, play on the Great Lakes or run whitewater on a paddle board then this is the place to start. Whether you are new to the sport or have been paddling  for a while but haven’t had any formal instruction then SUP Fresh Start will…

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Intro to Kayaking

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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$90

This class is to give paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. Students will learn essential safety skills and strokes. You will have the opportunity to learn how to “wet exit” (get out of your kayak safely). You’ll learn a bit about what kayaks work best for what conditions and other paddling best practices. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit. Course Covers: Safety…

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Intro to Kayaking

June 12 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
$90

This class is to give paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. Students will learn essential safety skills and strokes. You will have the opportunity to learn how to “wet exit” (get out of your kayak safely). You’ll learn a bit about what kayaks work best for what conditions and other paddling best practices. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit. Course Covers: Safety…

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Coastal Kayaking Immersion

June 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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$150

In this all day class paddlers will focus on boat control, safety, and building confidence. You will learn fundamental safety skills and stroke enhancements that will help you turn better and travel forward with less energy expended. Other skills will include basic rescues, edging, and beginning bracing. You’ll also be introduced to “risk management” as it relates to sea kayaking in the places you plan to play. Course Covers: boat control – stroke enhancement, edging/stability, capsize prevention – bracing, moving…

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Ellsworth Pig Roast Community Paddle

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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Free

Grab your paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing evening paddle on Ellsworth Lake as part of the Ellsworth Pig Roast Celebration. This hour-long slow paddle will begin at Ellsworth’s River Park (Rushton Rd/Bridge St) at 6:30 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:00 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles. These paddles last approximately one…

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Introduction and Essentials of Canoeing

June 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Ellsworth River Park, 6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49279 United States
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$150

Student to instructor ratio (ACA certified instructor/class): 6:1 maximum — $150/person This class is non-refundable. Canoeing skills class (not instructor certification) focusing on efficient and safe paddling to prepare for journeys in protected waters. Bow and stern forward stokes and maneuvering strokes as well as general paddling safety including deep water rescues will be covered. Learn how to gracefully paddle a canoe and great way to prepare for that canoe camping trip to the Boundary Waters! This is a great…

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July 2018

Central Lake Community Paddle

July 2 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Bradford St Boat Launch, Central Lake, 7854 Bradford St
Central Lake, MI 49622 United States
Free

Grab your paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing morning paddle out of Central Lake. This hour-long slow paddle will begin at Central Lake's Bradford St Boat Launch (just south of the Thurston Park Campground) at 8:30 am to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 9:00 am. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles. These paddles last approximately one…

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Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

July 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Birch Lake Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States
$90

SUP or Stand Up Paddle boarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world and for good reason.  It’s a ton of fun!  Whether you want to paddle SUP for fitness on your local pond, explore meandering rivers, play on the Great Lakes or run whitewater on a paddle board then this is the place to start. Whether you are new to the sport or have been paddling  for a while but haven’t had any formal instruction then SUP Fresh Start…

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Kayak Rescues – Self, Assisted and THAT Situation We Had

July 6 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Birch Lake Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States + Google Map
$90

Join us for an informative, energizing and very experiential learning session as we explore and discover the best solutions to when (not if) we end up in the water, out of our boats. This course is geared for ALL levels of paddlers. Course Covers: 30 Second Kayak Rescue, Hand of God, Cowboy, Paddle Float, Scoop, Cleopatra's Needle and You Tell Me. This course is geared to ALL level of paddlers. Participants must be at least 14 years old and meet…

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Coastal Kayaking Immersion

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Birch Lake Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States + Google Map
$150

In this all day class paddlers will focus on boat control, safety, and building confidence. You will learn fundamental safety skills and stroke enhancements that will help you turn better and travel forward with less energy expended. Other skills will include basic rescues, edging, and beginning bracing. You’ll also be introduced to “risk management” as it relates to sea kayaking in the places you plan to play. Course Covers: boat control – stroke enhancement, edging/stability, capsize prevention – bracing, moving…

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August 2018

Elk Rapids Sunset Paddle

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dam Beach, Dam Rd
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States
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Free

Grab your paddleboard, kayak or paddle craft of choice and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing sunset paddle on Grand Traverse Bay as part of Elk Rapids Harbor Days. This hour long slow paddle will begin at Elk Rapid’s Dam Beach at 7:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:30 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles.  Paddle Antrim encourage…

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Bellaire Evening Paddle

August 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Richardi Park, 100 E Antrim St
Bellaire, MI 49615 United States
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Free

Grab your paddleboard, kayak or paddle craft of choice and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing evening paddle on the Intermediate River as a lead up to Bellaire’s Rubber Ducky Festival. This hour long slow paddle will begin at Bellaire’s Intermediate River at 6:30 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:00 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles. These paddles…

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September 2018

Paddle Antrim Festival

September 13 - September 15

The Paddle Antrim Festival celebrates the amazing waterways and communities of Northern Michigan.  The Festival, always the second weekend after Labor Day, includes a two-day paddle event through the Chain of Lakes Water Trail in Antrim County. This choose your own adventure paddle provides the opportunity for you to paddle one or both days and decide how far to travel.  There are exits strategically placed along the route so you may go anywhere from 7 miles to all 42 miles. Local events begin Thursday…

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