Jumpstart Your Sea Kayaking Skills

  • May 28, 2013 · 5:45 PM
  • Patapsco River - Daniels Dam

 

 

Jumpstart Your Sea Kayaking Skills

 

One of my original objectives when starting Chesapeake Kayak Adventures was to offer members high quality kayak instructional courses at very reasonable prices.  I’ve been searching high and low for the best way to do just that and have finally found it in the form of a kindred spirit by the name of Rick Wiebush.

 

Rick is from Catonsville and runs Cross Currents Sea Kayaking.  He is an American Canoe Association (ACA) Open Water Instructor and an Instructor Trainer (i.e. he trains people who want to be certified as ACA instructors).

 

Rick has been paddling for about 12 years and has been an instructor for six years.  He is known as having a pretty laid back, patient and humorous approach to teaching, and is very passionate about helping people ramp up their skills.  As part of his personal paddling development, Rick has participated in several expeditions to Baja including a month-long, 400 mile unsupported trip.  He also has been fortunate enough to have done paddling trips in the Exumas, Greenland, Wales, England, Australia and New Zealand.  He works mostly in Australia for his “real” job as a child welfare consultant.

 

Rick has put together a great three tiered program offering beginner, intermediate and advanced courses for Chesapeake Kayak Adventure members at extremely reasonable prices.  I will be along, helping Rick out on almost all of the classes in addition to taking instructor certification courses from Rick myself throughout the summer.

 

The Jumpstart Your Sea Kayaking Course is for those who have just started kayaking AND for those who haven’t done it but want to try it out.  The three hour introductory skills sessions are designed to give you the foundation skills that you need to make kayaking safe and fun.  We’ll cover proper technique for all the basic strokes including forward, stopping, reverse, turning and moving sideways.  We’ll also show you how to quickly get someone back in their boat should they happen to fall out.  The training will include discussions about different types of sea kayaks, the kind of safety equipment you should carry, what to wear and general safety issues.  This class will definitely help get you off on the right foot in developing effective and efficient kayaking skills.  No worries if you don’t have a boat, rentals will be available for an additional $20.00.

 

This listing is for Tuesday May 28th at Daniels Dam on the Patapsco River.  If that date doesn’t work for you, it will also be offered on May 14th and June 11th.  Look for the postings for those dates on the CKA calendar.  Also look for the Intermediate Skills Series which will be four evening classes each focusing on a different specific kayak skill.  There will also be the Master's Progression Series which is a package of four evenings and one Saturday for intermediate paddlers wanting to take it to the next level.

 

There is a 4 person minimum for the class to take place with a 12 person maximum.  The $45.00 course fee must be paid by debit or credit card at the time you sign up.  The courses will take place rain or shine except in the most inclement conditions.  If your plans change and you are unable to attend, credit will be given toward future course offerings. 

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  • Regina

    Great instruction and such a beautiful spot. Excellent instructors and a friendly group. Thank you. and yes I will not wear cotton again--even fast drying!

    May 29, 2013

  • Renee

    Superb instruction and feedback

    May 29, 2013

  • Becky

    The class was excellent! It is really good when you can have feedback in how you are doing your strokes and get pointers to improve your skills. The instructors were great and I think Jai went above and beyond when she demonstrated the rescue.... OHHH was that water cold!

    May 29, 2013

  • Pam B

    Realliy great course! Thanks to all. I will remember to not wear cotton next time! Long wet ride back to Annapolis...

    May 29, 2013

  • Howard M.

    Very informative and challenging

    May 29, 2013

  • Chuck

    The thunderstorms stayed to the south of us and we had a great class. Thanks for coming everyone.

    May 29, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Had a GREAT time with a GREAT crew. Rick and Jai were very informative with a laid-back, casual style. (Hope you're warm & dry Jai) Good skills foundation to build on. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at more Meetups. Be Safe & Stay Dry.

    May 29, 2013

  • Mark

    VERY fun. Great instructors. Lots of useful information.

    May 28, 2013

  • Andy E.

    I'm looking forward to meet fellow kayakers and try out my new kayak.

    May 27, 2013

  • Pam B

    Chuck - is it possible to rent a kayak for this event? I am still struggling with finding the "right" kayak to buy but really want to attend.

    Thanks - Pam

    May 24, 2013

    • Chuck

      I'll have a rental waiting for you Pam and maybe we can even help a little with the struggle to find the right one for you.

      May 26, 2013

  • Mark

    So, as a newbie, what should I wear for this Tuesday's event?

    May 24, 2013

    • Chuck

      You don't need anything special Mark. Just remember kayaking is a watersport and you are definitely going to get wet even if you don't fall in and that MAY happen. Think quick dry synthetics and maybe some sandals or water shoes. Sorry I didn't get back to you before.

      May 26, 2013

  • Vicky

    Live the idea but not sure the day works for me. Any plans to offer again on a weekend?

    May 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      The courses have been so successful Vicky that I can't imagine not doing something similar again. Perhaps late summer or early fall.

      May 26, 2013

  • Giam

    i have to reschedule

    May 26, 2013

  • Chuck

    We can do that Giam and yes you can rent Pam. I am in Chestertown for the weekend without a computer. Will get more info to you both on Monday

    May 24, 2013

  • Giam

    chuck - i need to reschedule. work' getting in the way.

    May 24, 2013

  • Howard B.

    I will need to rent a boat. Tried to register before so if this is a duplicate - sorry.

    May 19, 2013

  • Howard B.

    Chuck - I don't know if you remember my abilities but I did do two Wednesday nights with you last year. (My very first and second times in a kayak although I had canoed years ago). I can certainly paddle but have not be trained on the safety items. So I am asking if you think I should start with that on May 28th? Thanks,

    Howard

    May 16, 2013

    • Chuck

      Hey Howard - Of course I remember. I think the Jumpstart on the 28th would be perfect for you.

      May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will pay cash for kayak

    April 29, 2013

    • Chuck

      I'll have one waiting for you Helen. Thanks

      April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    need to rent a kayak pl

    April 29, 2013

  • Mark

    Hi. Just signed up but I need to rent a Kayak also. How do I reserve/pay for that?

    April 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      Mark - You can either bring cash to the class or I can send you a PayPal invoice for the kayak a couple days before the course. Let me know what works for you.

      April 26, 2013

    • Mark

      I'll bring cash. Thx!

      April 26, 2013

  • Pam B

    Brand new kayaker - looking forward to learning!

    April 26, 2013

  • Renee

    I need to rent a kayak also

    April 26, 2013

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