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28th April - 11th May 2014 / MAIN Symposium Weekend Saturday 3rd and 4th MAY!

The Symposium is a relaxed event which changes with the weather to offer a flexible, fun and action packed weekend. Meet and greet old friends and new, share your experiences and learn practical tips from those that do.

Anglesey is a perfect host for sea kayaking with many fabulous kayaking spots: Challenge yourself in the Tidal Races at Penrhynmawr, dare the open crossing to the small remote island, The Skerries, explore the caves and outcrops of rocks with abundant sea life and take pleasure in the beautifully inspiring views of the Menai Straits.

You can reach Holyhead from Dublin or Dun Laoghaire by ferry, take the train or drive along the A55 for a quick and direct route.

For those wishing to see more scenic views can explore the mountains via the A5 and arrive at a more leisurely pace. Holyhead is steadily growing with new improvements occurring regularly.


The Symposium is open to kayakers of all abilities who want to experience the challenge and excitement of our tidal waters. It will consist of a range of activities from practical on the water sessions, lectures, workshops and evening presentations.

There will also be extended activities which will include BCU Star Awards (2* to 5*), Level 1 and 2 Coaching courses and an additional weekend of Tidal Races and Overfalls. A mini Anglesey Greenland Games made its first appearance at the Symposium the past three years and 2014 will see a continuation as this event grows and flourishes. Attempt some of the Greenland Rolls yourself under the reassuring guidance of a few world class instructors and experts. Come join the annual event in Wales that gathers paddlers and instructors from all over the world. There is something for everybody, from beginners to advanced paddlers.

There will be more courses than you can shake a paddle at:, Navigation, Incident management, Rolling and rescues, Moving water, Tidal races, Crash and bash,Kayak repair, Forward paddling, Choosing the right size paddle, Lectures, Slide shows, Day trips, Half day trips, Demo kayaks, BCU courses.


For almost three decades the annual Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium has taken place over the first bank holiday weekend in May and for 2014 we're back again.

The main event will take place on the 28th April – 11th May 2014 with additional courses available. We will return once again to the Anglesey Outdoor Centre, Holyhead where dormitory accommodation and camping is available. We will be able to cater for 150 participants with a variety of guest instructors from all over the globe, as well as our local paddlers who will be able to guide everyone safely around our wonderfully wild coastline.

A few examples of the workshops & sessions available over the main Symposium weekend:

  • Navigation
  • Incident Management
  • Rolling and Rescues
  • Moving Water
  • Tidal Races and Overfalls
  • Crash and Bash
  • Kayak Repair
  • Forward Paddling

We will also be offering:

  • Evening Lectures
  • Slide Shows
  • Paddles for Pleasure
  • Half Day Pleasure Paddles
  • Demo Kayaks from various sea kayak manufacturers
  • Live Music