The Masters Progression Series Course
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 Masters Progression Series Courses is a package deal that includes four Monday night courses and a full day Saturday course which are designed to take current intermediate paddlers to the next level. After review and fine tuning of the basic strokes and rescues, we'll add progressively more advanced boat control and rescue strategies each week. It culminates with a day long journey on the Bay, during which we will apply our newly acquired skills in more open water conditions. PREREQUISITES: You need to have a boat with a spray skirt and you have to know how to do a wet exit.
Please note that the posted date and location above is for the first course in the series. The price includes a package consisting of the following 5 events.
Monday, May 20: Fine tuning of fundamental strokes and rescues at Daniels Dam on the Patapsco River
Monday, June 3: Edging, bracing and advanced strokes (bow rudder, dynamic and stern rudder and low brace turn. This will be held at the Pigtail Recreation Area on Triadelphia Reservoir.
Monday, June 17: Advanced rescues (Eskimo and scoop rescues) and towing at Daniels Dam on the Patapsco River
Monday June 24: Navigation. Location to be determined.
Saturday July 13: Putting it all together with a journey on the Bay from Rocky Point Park
The Masters series is offered as a package deal only but be sure to check out our other beginner and intermediate course offerings on the CKA calendar pages.
There is a 4 person minimum for the class to take place with a 12 person maximum. The $250.00 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.