Traditional Qajaqers of the South

Welcome to the Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS)

Do you want to learn how to efficiently paddle using a traditional “skinny stick”? Trying to learn to roll or finally perfect that forward finishing hand roll? Always wanted to throw a harpoon or paddle a traditional skin-on-frame qajaq? TRAQS is the event for you whether you’re just starting or you’re an advanced paddler.

Our mission is to spread the joy, benefits and cultural aspects of Greenland paddling in Florida. We adhere to the Greenlandic and QajaqUSA principles of mentoring and sharing our passion, skills, and knowledge.

Our 2021 event at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center October 28 – October 31st is Sold Out. Please continue to check this site for announcements and information about future events. This will be our 5th annual immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games, exposure to Inuit culture and of course our auction with items generously contributed by businesses, mentors and participants to help sustain this event.

With the resurgence of Covid and after careful deliberation and consultation, we will be requiring that all participants be fully vaccinated in order to attend TRAQS in October.  Given our general demographic and the close nature of rolling instruction, we think this is the prudent path to take to keep everyone safe. (Please note that we will not require proof or documentation of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.)

Thank you for understanding. 

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We are looking forward to a brighter new year to share and celebrate together again!    Pencil in October 28 – October 31st, 2021 on your calendar for a ‘not to be missed’ reunion celebration on the sandy white Florida beach at beautiful Lake Placid.  We are full, but invite you to contact Ed Mann and put your name on a waitlist to attend.

This year, we are honored and proud to announce that Cheri Perry will be returning to mentor participants!  Cheri was in high demand and busy right up to the time she loaded her kayak on the trailer to return north.  Celebrate with us in October!

Let us know you hope to come on Facebook!  Watch for information later this year, and most of all, stay safe and healthy.    – Envision the possibilities.

Keep checking this page for announcements of Guest Mentors!

Our 2021 event will include new group events and classes including more opportunities to utilize your new skills during paddles on beautiful Lake Placid.

TRAQS is also a terrific opportunity to meet other kayakers. Join us in a warm (temperature and atmosphere) and nurturing environment. Enjoy the camaraderie while learning and sharing kayaking techniques and skills.

Whether you are local to Florida, or are looking for a personal or family winter get-away, this event, modeled after The Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, offers a paddler a wonderful weekend of enjoyment.

Come join us and be a part of a growing paddling community.  Check out our 2019 Photo Album  and plan for 2021!