On the Water And In The Woods

Sea kayaking, sailing, and lightweight backpacking in the-Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Atlantic region

Sunday, January 07, 2007


January 7, 2007


The Chesapeake Paddlers Association will sponsor SK101, a one-day seminar on sea kayaking. The seminar will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2007, at the West River Center, West River, Maryland. Presentations will include kayak and paddle design, how to choose boats and gear, basics of safe paddling, where to paddle, and other topics of interest. There will be boats and gear on display, and knowledgeable people available to discuss different aspects of kayaking. Weather permitting, there will be an on-water demonstration and cold water gear checks. This event is primarily for the new paddler; however, everyone is invited to expand their paddling horizons. Cost is $20 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Registration is required.

Dave Biss, Coordinator of the CPA, stated, “SK101: An Introduction to Sea Kayaking is a great opportunity for people who are just getting started or are new to the sport of sea kayaking. Here is a chance to meet and listen to others talk about their experiences and their love of the sport. Interested newcomers can gain hands-on understanding of essential gear, get indispensable advice from experienced kayakers, and see demonstrations of techniques. This is a winter kayaking event not to be missed."

The mission of the Chesapeake Paddlers Association is to help people safely enjoy sea kayaking and to promote 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, kayak trips, kayak camping trips, instructional workshops, informal weekday evening paddles, and parties. The Chesapeake Paddlers Association has over 500 members and is a completely volunteer-run organization. Numerous volunteers work to support all aspects of the group, including paddling trips, workshops, web site, newsletter, and online community.

More information and registration forms are available at http://www.cpakayaker.com/, at many local outfitters, and from Gina Cicotello at 240-305-0922. Registration will be accepted through February 1, 2007. Applications received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list.



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