What we're about

Welcome to the Greenville Sea Kayaker Meetup Group. Our purpose is to create an opportunity for paddlers of all skill levels to meet other paddlers for camaraderie, flat water paddling, kayak instruction, and sea kayaking.

Whether you are in a touring kayak, sea kayak, recreational kayak, or an SUP, this is the place to be. Our goal is to promote fun and safe paddling and assist those interested in growing their awareness and skills. To achieve this, this group will provide educational opportunities as well as information about paddling events from Asheville to Greenville to Charleston and the rest of the Carolinas.

Each member is charged a $5 annual membership fee to cover the cost of the Meetup program. You may join for free for a 60 day trial period. Take a look at our past meetups to see the kind of activities that we sponsor. During the winter months you will, of course, see few activities since paddling does tend to be seasonal.

Our on-water activities require that a PFD (life preserver) must be worn, properly zipped.

You are responsible for your own safety. The Greenville Sea Kayakers and its organizers may not be held liable for loss, injury or death to any participant resulting from our events.

If you want to see a certain type of meetup at a specific place, please message the organizers, or start a Discussion. There may be others who want to join you!

We look forward to paddling with you!

Upcoming events (5+)

Greenland Qajaq Skills Workshop

Trophy Lakes

Come join me at the Greenland Skills Workshop. The morning is dedicated to culture, techniques, skills, and strokes & maneuvers. The afternoon is dedicated to balance bracing and rolls! Come for one or both! Part 1: Greenland Basics and Strokes: 9:00am to noon Part 2: Greenland Rolls (all levels): 1:00pm to 3:00pm I am being hosted by Sea Kayak Carolina in Charleston. The event will be held at a clean lake. If you let SKC know you do not have a greenland paddle, I will bring one for your use. What to bring: kayak with fore and aft bulkheads, nose-plugs for rolling, sunglasses with safety strap, sun hat, sunscreen, water, snacks, water shoes, PFD (required), sprayskirt (required for rolling). Payment link: https://www.peek.com/s/1b04b9b7-71e3-4e64-974b-647a576a459e/zAg6 (NOTE: scroll to September to make your selection; you'll see options for enrolling in Part 1 or Part 2, or both.) My appreciation to Janie for her help to support and promote Greenlandic skills through this event. Now the boring stuff - about me: Fern holds an L3 ACA Coastal Instructor Certification and an ACA Traditional Skills Endorsement, Adaptive Paddle and Trip Leader Training Endorsement, and ACA Instructor Certifications for Sit on Top Surfing and Stand Up Paddle board. She is passionately enthusiastic about helping others find joy and proficiency. She has mentored at many Greenlandic events through the country, was an Organizer and Assistant Organizer for two new Qajaq USA events within the last four years. Fern continues to learn from and assist Champion Traditional mentors at various venues, as well as instruct at events, symposiums, and near her home in Charleston, S.C.. She is fascinated with Greenlandic culture of storytelling, games, and beliefs, and incorporates those in her classes to help keep traditions alive.

Paddle with friends from Columbia

Twin Lakes Recreation Area & Campground

Brandt and Nora are camping at Twin Lakes for the weekend and would welcome some paddling partners. They need someone faster than me. We'll also have a trip for the slower paddlers. We'll make this more definitive as we get closer.

Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash

Devil's Fork State Park

The second annual Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash is Saturday, 5 October, 2019. Here's the link: https://paddleguru.com/races/LakeJocasseePaddleSplash2019 Last year, we had 81 registrants, and expect as many in 2109. This race is for beginners to experts, and racers are grouped by boat class to keep the racing fair. Paddlers of any stripe are welcome: kayaks, SUPs, canoes, surfskis, and any other imaginable human-powered craft. Medals are given to the top three finishers in a class. There are great door prizes from REI, Astral, Half Moon Outfitters, and Epic Kayaks. After the race, we'll have the awards ceremony at Jocassee Valley Brewing Company, featuring local brews and food truck. Break out of your shell, and try racing this year!

Paddle the Edisto

Colleton State Park

Floating this trip idea to determine interest. There are two state parks near, Colleton and Givhans Ferry. Both are on the river. For non camping wimps like me, there are motels near. The Edisto is a beautiful black water river that flows through national forests. There is potential for seeing animals you will never see in the upstate. Scissortail kites, dock spiders, rainbow snakes and many others.

Past events (373)

Kayak Strokes & Maneuvers Class

Lake Blalock Wardens Office

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