CBEC of­fers new ACA kayak in­struc­tion cour­ses

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

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...

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