The Masters Progression Series Course

  • May 20, 2013 · 5:45 PM
  • Patapsco River - Daniels Dam

 

 

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. 

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  • Chuck

    No Ifs, Ands or Butts about it the rescue session tonight was great. I'm posting some more great pics of it in a few minutes and will get more up as I get them edited.

    June 18, 2013

    • Rita

      As long as there are no Butts in the photos....the Ifs and the Ands are ok!!

      June 18, 2013

  • Becky

    A great night once again. I enjoyed practicing the rescues but learned that I still need to work on my strokes to get there!!!!!

    June 18, 2013

  • Rita

    Another fabulous evening! Thank you Chuck, Rick and Tom!

    June 17, 2013

  • Rita

    I don't see Monday's (June 3) Masters Progression Series on your calendar. I assume it's still on for 5:45? Pigtail?

    June 3, 2013

    • Chuck

      It is still on Rita and I sent you all an email with details last night.

      June 3, 2013

  • Lynda M.

    It was a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to the next class. Rick's easy going but confident manner was the perfect balance for me of top notch instruction coupled with fun.

    May 21, 2013

  • Sue L

    Is it too late to this Masters Progression Series for the remaining events?

    May 21, 2013

    • Chuck

      Sue - If you can make the rest of the classes we can still get you in as you will only be missing one class. Send me an email by clicking the link in my profile if you're interested and I will work it out with Rick

      May 21, 2013

  • Chuck

    The seemingly simplest stroke, the forward stroke is the one we all have to work on the rest of our lives because it is the hardest to do well. Another great class with Rick. Thanks for coming everyone.

    May 20, 2013

  • Rita

    EXCELLENT!!! Rick's instructions were easy to understand, fun to work on. I learned a lot (and realize I need to practice...a lot!)

    May 20, 2013

  • Jane

    I really learned a lot and the instruction was very clear and easy to follow.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jane

    Hi, Chuck - I need to rent one of your little 14 ft. kayaks for this lesson. Can't get my boat from home after work. Also, I lost my paddle float today. Can I borrow one for the rescue part? Thanks!

    May 19, 2013

    • Chuck

      Got you covered Jane. :)

      May 19, 2013

  • Chuck

    There are a whole bunch of you that indicated a very strong interest in this particular course. It starts on Monday, May 20th and NOW is the time to commit if you want to do it. Our first class with Rick last night was acclaimed as a huge success by all who attended. This course will take you from paddling mediocrity to a paddling rock star over the course of 4 Monday nights and finish up with a full day on the Bay on the final Saturday

    May 15, 2013

  • MaryB

    I work 2-6 on Mondays. Can't change my schedule until July. Dang. I'm beginning to rethink this whole working concept. I'd rather be paddling.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • MaryB

    What's the schedule each day (times)?

    April 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      Ooops my mistake. And I was trying really hard not to make a typical Chuck mistake like this one. The Monday night classes will start at 5:45. I've got to check with Rick on the time for the Saturday class.

      April 26, 2013

    • Rick W.

      Mary, Chuck - the start time for the Saturday class will probably be around 9 or 9:30. It depends on who signs up , where they all live, and what venue the group wants to choose for the journey. If we pick some place close by, start time will probably be 9. If we go somwhere further afield, e.g., Annapolis, we may push it back to 9:30.

      April 28, 2013

  • Toni

    Oh blast! I have to be at a wedding (family stuff) in Boston on July 13. Drat!
    However - Great idea, Chuck, it looks like a fantastic opportunity.

    April 26, 2013

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