Intermediate Skills Series Courses - Edging and Turning Strokes

  • June 6, 2013 · 5:45 PM
  • Patapsco River - Daniels Dam



Intermediate Skills Series Courses

June 6: Edging and Turning Strokes (Sweep, Pivot and Low Brace Turn)


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 Intermediate Skills Series Courses are "a la carte" courses designed for people who may have been kayaking for a while but have never had any formal instruction AND/OR for those who want to fine tune their existing skills.  We will focus on different skills each week and you can pick and choose which courses you want to take.  You'll come away from each session with better boat control skills or better rescue strategies and a lot more confidence.

This listing is for the June 6th class at Daniels Dam on the Patapsco River which will focus on Edging and Turning Strokes (sweep, pivot, low brace turn).

The additional courses in the series are

May 23rd: More Efficient Forward, Reverse and Ruddering Strokes.

June 20th: Draw Strokes plus Bracing and Skulling (support strokes)

June 27th: Intermediate Rescues: Heel Hook Re-entry, Paddle Float, Eskimo Rescues

People taking these courses presumably have their own kayak but if you won't have time to load your boat before going to work in the morning rentals are available for an additional $20.00


Look for the postings for the other dates on the CKA calendar.  Also look for the Jumpstart Your Sea Kayaking Skills courses for beginners or those who have never had any formal training.  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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  • Toni

    Excellent instruction - I really think I am getting the hang of this edging thing. I wish my schedule would allow me to attend more of these classes. And getting to play in the rain is always an added bonus for me :)

    June 7, 2013

  • Jean

    This was an excellent course to help learn better control using edging. Takes a little practice leaning over in the boat like that! Thanks to our instructors for their knowledge and patience.

    June 7, 2013

  • Jane

    How do you say "good to see you" on meetup? I see everyone else can post it. j

    June 7, 2013

    • Chuck

      Jane - Look to the right. There should be red boxes with "Good to see you" in them. Just click on them

      June 7, 2013

  • Patty

    Even a newbie in a short orange boat can learn something and have fun in the rain.

    June 7, 2013

  • Jane

    excellent! I finally learned to keep my paddle perpendicular on the low brace turn, not having it toward the back. Also, putting the paddle farther out is very helpful.

    June 7, 2013

  • David S.

    Really great instruction and a good group of learners too.

    June 6, 2013

  • Louis S.

    This class taught useful and important skills. It was great.

    June 6, 2013

  • Sue L

    I have to cancel tonight due to an unexpected work committment.

    June 6, 2013

  • Chuck

    Just got back from the Wednesday Night Paddle but will get an email out to you all before I go to bed. Most of you will be reading it in the morning though. I will have rentals for at least four of you but will have the trailer so even if my count is wrong all will be good.

    June 5, 2013

  • Jane

    Hi Chuck, Still a working gal this week and next and need a boat from you, pls. thnx,

    June 5, 2013

  • MaryB

    Once again, I waited too long. If someone needs to cancel, I will take you slot, please. Of course I will pay you the fee. Thanks!

    June 2, 2013

  • Ken

    Edging and quick turns is a fun class and very useful. Using these with a good low brace really helps when navigating faster water that has tighter than normal turns. Being able to get you boat around a turn in a more controlled action is an important technique. Bracing is such a great tool to have in your kayaking tool kit, especially in rough water. I wish I could be there with you all.

    May 29, 2013

  • Jane

    Rick is one of the very best kayak teachers in the area. Excited to see CKA partnering with crosscurrents

    1 · April 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Jane. Personally I'm ecstatic that we could make this happen.

      April 26, 2013

    • Gregory S Pokrywka M.

      Couldn't agree more ! Chuck for President ! :)

      April 26, 2013

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