CBEC offers new ACA kayak instruction courses
GRASONVILLE — Living in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed gives citizens a unique opportunity to enjoy the splendors of the wetlands, forests and beaches of the Bay via kayak.
Don’t know how to kayak and want to learn so you can enjoy paddling on the Bay? Own a kayak but have very little knowledge on how to enjoy safe paddling with ease? Maybe you know how to paddle well but are not sure you could rescue yourself or someone else you are paddling with if you fell overboard?
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville is offering American Canoe Association Certified Instruction Courses. CBEC believes that accessibility to the waters of the Bay will increase appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. For this reason, CBEC is hosting six ACA instruction programs for kayak paddling skills and assessments during spring and summer 2018 to ensure paddlers have the opportunity to hone paddling technique and learn safety and rescue strategies.
ACA Level 1 “Quickstart Your Kayak Workshop” will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15, on dry land only.
This workshop is a brief introduction to paddling a kayak. Participants are presented with basic information on safe paddle preparations and simple rescues strategies are introduced. Equipment terminology and description of usage is explored. Loading and unloading from a vessel will be demonstrated. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced on dry land, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water on the following crafts: traditional decked kayaks, inflatables and sit-on-tops. Use of spray-skirts is not part of this course.
The workshop is $30 for CBEC members and $35 for nonmembers.
ACA Level 1 “Intro To Kayaking Instruction Course” will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20; Friday, June 1; or Sunday, July 29.
This American Canoe Association course is designed for beginner to intermediate kayakers who wish to develop skills of safe, responsible and enjoyable kayaking on the following crafts: traditional decked kayaks, inflatables and sit-on-tops. Use of spray-skirts is not part of this course.
This is being offered as a skills course with optional assessment for an additional fee. Assessment provides the participant with the opportunity to receive documentation of having achieved a certain level of paddling ability.
The course includes two hours of dry land instruction and three hours of on-water instruction on calm, flat water. The skills course is $65 for CBEC members, which includes use of CBEC’s kayaks and equipment, and $70 for nonmembers. The assessment fee is an additional $20, and the kayak and equipment rental fee is $20 for nonmembers.
ACA Level 2 “Flatwater Safety and Rescue Course” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, or Sunday, Sept. 9.
This workshop introduces essential flatwater safety practices and rescue techniques that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an emergency.
The course includes two hours of dry land instruction and three hours of onwater instruction on calm, flat water.
The course is $65 for CBEC members, which includes use of CBEC’s kayaks and equipment, or $70 for nonmembers. The kayak and equipment rental fee is $20 for nonmembers.
Register for the courses to save your spot at www. bayrestoration.org/kayak ing.
For more information, contact Courtney Leigh, volunteer and adult education coordinator, at cleigh@ bayrestoration.org or call 410-827-6694.
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville believes that accessibility to the waters of the Bay will increase appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. For this reason, CBEC is hosting six ACA instruction...