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.

TRAQS 2022 will happily take place again at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center October 27 – October 30, 2022. Please continue to check this site for announcements and information about our 2022 event. This will be our 6th 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.

Joining us as Guest Mentors will be Joanne Barta, Qajaq USA board member and organizer of SSTIKS (Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium) and her partner Don Beale. In addition to his skills as a Mentor, Don is famous as a paddle maker and owner of Don Beale Paddles. We are also very excited that Don will lead a paddle making class on Friday Oct 28. 
Give a cheer as the great Greg Stamer will join us again to teach his famous strokes and maneuvers classes. We are also very thankful to Pete Hohmann and Bev Cosslett who will return as mentors

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.

If I have a disability, can I participate in  the TRAQS event?

We will be following CDS Guidelines regarding COVID-19 for TRAQS 2022. A resurgence in the virus may require changes to protect the health and safety of our participants. Given our general demographic and the close nature of rolling instruction, we think this is the prudent path to take to keep everyone safe.