Sea Kayak Membership Package

Overview

Our Sea Kayak Membership Package offers a lifetime of coaching. Five superbly structured lessons--plus free weekly practice nights--ensure self-sufficiency. Once you've learned the fundamentals and safety, you'll focus on becoming more maneuverable and using fewer, but better, strokes to get where you're going. Learn to roll your kayak (it's really not that hard) and boost your confidence. Finally, learn expedition skills such as trip planning and navigation that will transform the seas into your playground. Check out the great benefits that you get when you register to become a member today:

Enjoy over two years of member benefits*, including:

  1. 17 hours of on-water instruction during 5 high-quality lessons - very flexible self-scheduling!
  2. Up to 50 FREE coached weeknight practices (plan on Potomac Pizza afterward)!
  3. FREE use of new sea kayak and equipment during lessons and coached weeknight practices!
  4. Discounted sea kayak and equipment rentals for additional practice!
  5. Up to 25% off sea kayaks and gear purchased from our school!
  6. 10% annual dividend from all purchases at our Potomac store!

Kayak, paddle, pfd, and spray skirt, are provided for all courses and practice. You have up to two years to complete the five courses and may attend free practice nights for life! Watch the video and read all of the individual course descriptions below.


SK 101-105 Course and Practice Descriptions

SK 101: Fundamentals

Your first lesson is the foundation for a lifetime of good technique. Proper equipment fit is essential for safety, comfort, and control. Launching and landing can be done gracefully, if you know a few tricks. Torso rotation relieves the arms and shoulders of strain. Turning and propelling strokes can be mastered through professional coaching. This four-hour lesson is taught in a quiet cove and all equipment is provided. Select one date from the list above.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • May 12, 26
  • June 9, 23
  • July 7, 21
  • August 4, 18
  • September 1

Includes : Kayak, paddle, and personal floatation device. (Skirt not used in first lesson.)

Location (link) : Riley's Lock, Poolesvillle, MD

Time : 9:00 AM

Duration : 4 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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FREE: Coached Weeknight Practice

When you sign up for the Complete Lesson Package you get the benefit of attending free practice nights for life. At these fun--yet focused--sessions, an instructor will supervise as you practice the skills and drills covered in the lessons. This is a great way to meet other paddlers and fine-tune your skills. All equipment is provided.

2019 Dates (Tuesdays):

  • June 4, 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, and skirt.

Location (link) : Riley's Lock, Poolesvillle, MD

Time : 6:00 PM

Duration : 2 hours

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SK 102: Safety

Safety is your top priority. The Safety lesson prepares you for the unexpected and builds confidence. Staying in a capsized sea kayak for a few seconds can save time and energy, provided your partner's kayak is close enough to offer you a lift back to the surface. When you do have to exit the kayak, getting out of the water and back in your boat while away from shore requires assisted re-entry or, when solo, use of a paddle float and bilge pump. Learn all of these valuable skills--plus towing techniques--in calm water near shore. Equipment is provided, but please bring your own paddle float, bilge pump, tow system, and knife.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 9, 23
  • July 7
  • August 4
  • September 1, 15

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, and skirt.

Location (link) : Riley's Lock, Poolesvillle, MD

Time : 2:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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SK 103: Bracing and Rolling

Your ability to roll your sea kayak will expand your paddling horizon. A properly "outfitted" sea kayak fits your lower body like a glove and allows for edging, bracing, and rolling control. Wearing a spray skirt keeps the water out and adds a new level of safety awareness. Teaching the sea kayak roll is an art that we have perfected over the years. Practicing drills on the surface ensures that you use your "hip flick" to right the kayak. Keeping your head underwater during the roll and maintaining a proper paddle position will come easy with a proven method: our instructors stand in waist-deep water supporting and moving your body through the correct position so that you stay relaxed and are able to quickly grasp this complex skill.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 22
  • July 20
  • August 24
  • September 14

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, and skirt.

Location (link) : Pennyfield Lock, Potomac, MD

Time : 2:00 PM

Duration : 3 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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SK 104: Advanced Strokes

You will be identified as a complete sea kayaker by your grace and maneuverability. Edging and advanced strokes are the finishing touches for your paddling technique. "Carving" turns (as in snow sports), and gliding in any direction will bring a broad smile as you cut the number of required paddle strokes in half. These skills will open up a whole new world of sea kayaking that you will define as "playful." Master carving turns, gliding laterally, and maneuvering a seventeen foot vessel with a flick of the wrist.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • July 21
  • August 18
  • September 15

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, and skirt.

Location (link) : Riley's Lock, Poolesvillle, MD

Time :2:00 PM

Duration : 3 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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SK 105: Open Water

Graduation day! Hours of practice have transformed you into a safe, skilled and self-sufficient paddler. The Open Water lesson puts these skills to the test on a fun and exciting, instructor-supervised crossing of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn trip preparation, how to paddle in formation, the "rules of the nautical road," basic navigation skills, and more!

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • July 27
  • August 31
  • September 29

Includes : Kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, and skirt.

Location (link) : Truxtun Park, Annapolis, MD

Time : 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Duration : 5 hours

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Completion of the SK 105 course marks your "graduation" from the program and the conclusion of equipment rental and use benefits - but you can still come to coached weeknight practices indefinitely with your own sea kayak and gear!