SSTIKS 2018 Schedule

SSTIKS 2018 emphasizes the full gamut of Greenland cultural traditions. The classes are geared towards learning what you need to know to paddle qayat (kayaks) safely using traditional equipment and techniques. We also emphasize the skills needed compete in the SSTIKS Greenland Games.
Our own mini Greenland Games feature rolling, ropes, and harpooning competitions as well as a race.

Hunting Skills

 

New for 2018! Using Arctic Kayaks

We will learn to paddle a variety of historic kayak replicas from Harvey Golden’s collection.  Watercraft may include Greenland hunting kayaks, Canadian caribou kayaks, Kodiak Island kayaks and more.

This class is suitable for everyone. Kayaks will include those very easy to paddle and those more challenging.  Topics covered will include the history of the kayaks, getting into and out of traditional boats safely, strokes and maneuvers.  We may also teach rolling traditional kayak, rescue, and on water safety considerations.

Harpooning

Learn to throw a harpoon at a target from your moving qajaq.

Strokes & Maneuvers 1

Learn how to get your qajaq from point A to point B in the water.
This class is for those who are fairly new to qajaqing. It will cover the basic forward stroke and how it can be modified to control your qajaq.

Strokes & Maneuvers 2

Learn how to get more from your paddle and when to use what strokes.
Fine tune your use of a Greenland paddle. Experiment with various rudders and stroke types.

Survival Skills

 

Basic rolling and survival skills

Rolling Set 1 (basic rolling and survival skills)
Side Scull
Chest Scull
Standard Greenland Roll
Roll with hunting float
Storm Roll (low brace over masik)

Variations on the standard roll

Rolling Set 2 (More rolls – variations on the standard roll)
Paddle in Crook of Arm
Spine Roll (paddle projecting over head)
Paddle held behind back
Standard Roll with Paddle held behind head
Armpit Roll
Successive Standard rolls performed in 10 seconds
Paddling upside down

Rolls with less buoyancy – throwing stick rolls

Rolling Set 3 (Rolls with less buoyancy – throwing stick rolls)
Reverse Roll with Paddle held behind head
Roll with arms crossed
Successive Storm rolls performed in 10 seconds
Throwing stick, start tucked forward, finish tucked forward
Throwing stick, start leaning aft, sweep from stern to bow
Throwing stick, start tucked forward, finish leaning aft

Hand rolls and more

Rolling Set 4 (Hand rolls +)
Hand roll, start tucked forward, finish tucked forward
Hand roll, start leaning aft, sweep from stern to bow
Hand roll, start tucked forward, finish leaning aft
Hand roll with a clenched fist, start tucked forward, finish tucked forward (added 12/2005)
Hand roll with a clenched fist, start leaning aft, sweep from stern to bow (added 12/2005)
Hand roll with a clenched fist, start tucked forward, finish leaning aft
Elbow roll

Advanced scull & brick rolls

Rolling Set 5
Vertical Sculling Roll
Sculling Roll with paddle held horizontal on foredeck
Sculling Roll with paddle held horizontal above “backrest”
Sculling with paddle held under kayak
Hand roll holding eight kilogram brick, start tucked forward, finish tucked forward
Hand roll holding eight kilogram brick, start leaning aft, sweep from stern to bow
Hand roll holding Eight kilogram brick, start tucked forward, finish leaning aft
Straight jacket, no hands-roll

Deep water rescues

Bow assisted rescue
Qajaq exit and reentrancy in deep water
Towing another qajaqer
Hand of Pavia rescue

Winter Skills

 

Allunaariaqattaarneq (Rope gymnastics)

Allunaariaqattaarneq, “games performed using harpoon line” (rope gymnastics), are known throughout the arctic. The rope gymnastics performed at the Greenland championship are a mix of techniques from both East and West Greenland. Rope gymnastics is an ancient Inuit form of sport, which demands and develops balance, strength, flexibility, coordination and pain tolerance.

Paddle Carving

Carve your very own paddle in one day using the finest of hand tools. We source clear, straight grained Western Red Cedar.Everything you need to go home with a beautiful finished Greenland paddle.

This class has a $100 charge for materials.

Thursday PM Schedule (early birds)
  • 4:00-6:00 PM
    Mentors Session. Will Bigelow -Teaching Greenland Skills
  • 6:30–7:30 PM
    Group potluck dinner
  • 7:30–9:00 PM
    Evening Film Presentation – The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
Friday AM Schedule
  • 7:30 AM
    Check-in desk opens Morning class registration starts
  • 7:30-8:15 AM
    Yoga on the beach Bring your mat or towel.
  • 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Paddle Carving Class – pre-register first
  • 9:00-9:15 AM
    Safety Talk! You must be present.
  • 9:15-9:30 AM
    Get your gear ready to go!
  • 9:30-11:30 AM
    Session 1 Courses & Kid’s Track
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
    Catered Lunch
Friday PM Schedule
  • 1:00-1:15 PM
    Get your gear ready to go!
  • 1:30-3:30 PM
    Session 2 Courses & Kids Track
  • 3:45-4:15 PM
    Skin on Frame Parade
  • 4:30-5:30 PM
    Allunaariaqattaarneq (Ropes) Demo
  • 6:30-7:30 PM
    Catered Dinner
  • 7:30-8:30 PM
    Evening Presentation – Nate Apgar
  • 8:30-9:30 PM
    Evening Presentation – Chris Crowhurst -Boat Building
  • 10:00 PM
    Quiet time
Saturday AM Schedule
  • 7:30 AM
    Check-in desk opens Morning class registration starts
  • 7:30-8:15 AM
    Yoga on the beach Bring your mat or towel
  • 9:00-9:15 AM
    Safety Talk! You must be present.
  • 9:15-9:30 AM
    Get your gear ready to go!
  • 9:30-11:30 AM
    Session 3 Courses & Kid’s Track
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
    Catered Lunch
Saturday PM Schedule
  • 1:00-1:15 PM
    Get your gear ready to go!
  • 1:15-2:15 PM
    Rolling Demo & Competition
  • 2:30-4:30 PM
    Session 4 Courses & Kid’s Track
  • 4:45-5:15 PM
    Kayak Race
  • 5:15-6:00 PM
    Dead Fish Polo
  • 6:00-7:30 PM
    Silent Auction
  • 6:30-7:30 PM
    Catered Dinner
  • 8:00-8:45 PM
    Live Auction
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
    Film Festival
Sunday AM Schedule
  • 7:30-8:15 AM
    Yoga on the beach Bring your mat or towel.
  • 9:00-10:30 AM
    Informal mentoring on the beach
  • 10:30-11:30 AM
    Kid’s barge race followed by the Wedding of Palo Relay Race
  • 11:45-12:00 PM
    Greenland Skills Awards
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
    Catered Lunch
  • 1:00 PM
    Good-bye SSTIKS 2018

Kid’s Program Schedule

Friday Kids Program

Through games and fun activities, kids will experience:

  • strokes
  • maneuvering
  • rescue
  • rolling

The games and activities that we do include tailtag where kids practice maneuvering in their kayaks while trying to grab tags off of everyone else’s bows and sterns and preposterous propulsion.

Saturday Kids Program

Through games and fun activities, kids will experience:

  • strokes
  • maneuvering
  • rescue
  • rolling
Sunday Kids Program
  • Barge Building
  • The Great Barge Race