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The Chesapeake SEA-KAYAKING Assocation is the longest running volunteer kayaker group in the Chesapeake Bay Region!
During the cold months, many of our club go a-hiking, with safety/ online kayaking classes in the spring ...keeping in mind the Bay, its rivers & creeks stay colder with long spring rain runoff, despite the tempting warmer sunny days, so we consider water safety first.
Chesapeake Paddlers Association is a registered 503 C(4) non-profit organization- with active club members since the 1980s. Members mainly kayak all around Maryland, Virginia & District of Columbia region- there are so many creeks, rivers, islands, regional water trails, tremendous wooded shorelines, cliffs & shady spots to explore... we have lots of sea kayaking- volunteer leaders - who enjoy getting out on the water in sea-kayaks safely, sharing fun times, new locations, paddling & camping knowledge and experiences.
Please note that CPA is primarily a sea kayaking club. Most sea kayaks are generally run 14--16 feet or longer and 24″ or less in width, designed to track straight and be relatively fast. Wearing a spray skirt, for most sea kayaks, is an essential component, not an optional accessory.
CPA members do not have rental boats NOR provide loaner kayaks.
CPA is not an outfitter & does NOT offer kayaking certification.
The mission of the Chesapeake Paddlers Association is to promote safe sea kayaking and safe paddling practices through the education of the local sea kayaking community and the interested public. Club activities may include, but are not limited to, instructional kayak trips, instructional kayak camping trips, instructional workshops, and any other activities consistent with the mission that members of the club wish to organize.
CPA has many events during the warmer months- especially regular mid-week-after-work casual paddling gatherings = Piracies. Please check the Meetup calendar and CPA website for details and locations, as several piracies go a'roving every week. Some educational workshops - Intro to Basic Sea Kayaking SK101 is offered once a year in mid-spring. A full on-the-water weekend to practice basic kayak training & skills, known as SK102. is offered once a year in early May ( while COVID is paused LARGE gatherings)
Other club educational events pop up as volunteers get involved- including Basic Kayak Navigation, Greenland Paddle Carving -workshops, learning to roll your kayak opportunities, and strokes & basic skills sessions- please ask !
While all are welcome to join, people with shorter, wider recreational kayaks, inflatables, and folding kayak styles may find their boat unwieldy on longer trips and may have difficulty keeping up to speed with the group over the miles or on open water with waves & windy conditions. Leisure paddling outings are the best places for shorter pleasant opportunities.
Please consider joining one of several local mid-week groups -Piracies- for frequent & casual paddling opportunities- they are active May through early Fall, schedules & locations vary. During the prime kayaking season, our many volunteer trip leaders will post trips on the Meet Up Calendar, as well other weekend outings & camping/kayaking opportunities.
Group size may depend on the location & skill set for the trip. Trips may vary in length -from 6- 10-13-20 miles +; occasionally, there are shorter outings for leisurely kayakers.
The Kent Island Paddle (KIP) Series offers monthly opportunities for serious practice on open water conditions on the Chesapeake Bay. They are plan long distance paddling requiring monthly training, with their final goal to completely circum-navigate via kayak the entire way - that's 34 miles around Kent Island. Contact our CPA Coordinator for details.
If you are kayaking -even on early spring warm sunny days-please always dress for water immersion, not the balmy air temperature. Getting dunked is never expected, but it happens to everyone! Getting tossed in cold water in the early spring Bay waters is a BIG safety concern.
Here’s the Guide to Cold water paddling gear written by Moulton Avery of National Center for Cold Water Safety. If you have any questions, please ask for advice. For safety's sake: Paddle with a friend & know how to use a Marine Radio to call for assistance!
The casual kayaking groups meet weekly - weather dependent - at many different launch locations and offer casual short distance paddle opportunities and are not organized as led trips. On weekends, many volunteer trip leaders will post longer distance day trips, as well as occasional longer weekend camping/kayaking trips to many locations around the Chesapeake Bay area. The club has been around since 1988 - growing from the shared love of being on the water in skinny boats !
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