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 in the spring and summer to ensure paddlers have the opportunity to hone paddling technique and learn safety and rescue strategies.

                    

ACA Level 1 Quickstart Your Kayak Workshop *Dryland Only

April 15th 10am-1pm

Workshop Overview: 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. Note: Use of spray-skirts is not part of this course.  

Workshop Content:

Pre-Paddling Preparation, Equipment Overview, Stroke Introduction, Self-Rescue Introduction

Workshop Setting:

Class size minimum of 5 and maximum of 30, 3 hours of dryland instruction, Certified ACA Kayak Instructors at a ratio of 15 to 1.

Workshop Cost:

$30 For CBEC Members,  $35 For Non CBEC Members*

 

ACA Level 1 Intro To Kayaking Instruction Course

May 20th, June 1st  10am-5pm

Course Overview:  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. Note: 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.

Course Content:

Pre-Paddling Preparation, Equipment Overview, Stroke Development, Maneuvers, Self-Rescue, Rules of The Water

Course Setting:

Class size minimum of 5 and maximum of 15, 2 hours of dryland instruction, 3 hours of on-water instruction on calm, flat water, Certified ACA Kayak Instructors at a ratio of 5 to 1.

Course Cost:

Skills Course: $65 For CBEC Members (Includes use of our Kayaks and Equipment)*, $70 For Non CBEC Members*

Assessment Fee: Additional $20*

Kayak and Equipment Rental Fee:  $20

 

ACA Level 2 Flatwater Safety and Rescue Course

August 10th or September 9th 10am-5pm

Course Overview:  Course Overview:  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.

Course Content:

Pre-Paddling Preparation, Safety and Rescue Equipment Overview , Self and Assist Rescue Maneuvers

Course Setting:

Class size minimum of 5 and maximum of 15, 2 hours of dryland instruction, 3 hours of on-water instruction on calm, flat water, Certified ACA Kayak Instructors at a ratio of 5 to 1.

Course Cost:

Skills Course: $65 For CBEC Members (Includes use of our Kayaks and Equipment)*, $70 For Non CBEC Members*

Kayak and Equipment Rental Fee:  $20

 

What is the American Canoe Association?:  The American Canoe Association (ACA) is the oldest and largest paddle sports organization in the United States, promoting canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. The ACA sponsors more than seven hundred events each year, along with safety education, instructor certification, waterway conservation and public information campaigns. There are more than four thousand ACA certified canoe and kayak instructors. More than two hundred local paddling clubs and fifty thousand individuals are members. The Association publishes the bi-monthly Paddler Magazine.