Coaches for the 2024 Symposium

Keith Wikle

Keith will be our Lead Instructor for the 2024 Symposium.
Keith Wikle is a WMCKA poster child. WMCKA was his first symposium almost 20 years ago. He has attended, organized and coached at WMCKA since moving to Kalamazoo in 2000. Keith is a Level 5 ACA Sea Kayak Instructor, Level 3 Surf Instructor, and 4* Sea Paddler with British Canoeing. Keith was fortunate enough to do a lot of expeditions with many WMCKA members to the north shore of Lake Superior and along the Michigan coast of Lake Superior. Keith is an avid surf kayaker and has competed at the Santa Cruz surf kayak competition. Keith is also the founder and organizer for the October Gales Storm Gathering on Lake Superior.

Bonnie Perry

"Nothing makes me happier than coaching and paddling with people in ALL sorts of conditions. I’ve had the opportunity to paddle and guide in the Midwest, Maine, Canada, Baja, New Zealand, Scotland, England, and Wales. Bonnie's coaching credentials include BCU 5-star paddler/Advanced Sea Leader, Advanced Water Sea Kayak Coach and Performance Level Coach, and UKCC Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach.