Cross Currents Sea Kayaking provides high quality sea kayaking instruction to intermediate and advanced paddlers. Our rigorous courses are conducted throughout the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast. We also routinely conduct ACA instructor development programs, run multi-day training trips, and organize expeditions.
Special Preview: What's Happening Next Year
This is a heads up about a special trip in 2020 to Greece. This will be a paddling and cultural trip to Poros Island. It has fantastic paddling venues and crystal clear blue (mostly flattish) water. We will be staying at a boutique hotel that is very highly rated and that has great food. It is steps from the put-in.
There are several additional activities that people can do besides the five days of paddling, including: a Greek cooking class with dinner (60 euros), yoga, mountain biking (6 euros/day), a visit to an olive farm, snorkeling, and others. These are "add-ons" the cost of which is not included in the price shown below.
I think it's important to view this as both a paddling and cultural experience. It will not be high adventure, rough water paddling; just exploration with beautiful scenery and outrageously clear water. Expect 10 - 15 NM/day.
It looks like there will be two trips. The dates will likely be 18 - 25 April (Sat - Sat) or 10 - 17 October. The cost would be $995 + airfare. The $995 gets you a two-person shared en suite room, 5 or 6 days of paddling, 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner.
Note: non-paddling spouses/friends (if they share a room with you) are welcome. The cost is 20% less, so $795.
What's Happening This Year
2019 will see a wide range of courses and trips, offered up and down the east coast, from Maine and Rhode Island to Florida. We are doing a whole bunch of new things this year: a week-long trip to north Florida in February, another week on the Maine coast, long weekends in the Outer Banks, Hoopers Island , MD and Smith Island, out in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Also check out the very popular "Gathering" courses at Tangier Island, VA (May 24 - 27) and Charleston, SC (Oct. 18 - 20). There will be a couple of women-specific skills courses (with Paula Hubbard): "Paddle Smarter, Not Harder" and "Surf Sisters". Instructor training will include an L2 ICW at Lake Anna in April, an L3 IDW at Chincoteague in July, and L3 Trip Leaders training and Assessment with Jen Kleck at Kiptopeke. And that's just the new stuff! There'll be instruction courses or trips just about every weekend from mid-April through mid-November. See "Courses" tab for details around Jan. 15.
Introducing the Cross Currents Frequent Paddler Program
Cross Currents is pleased to announce our new frequent paddler program (FPP), through which you can get reduced prices or even free classes or trips. Here’s how it works:
You get one Frequent Paddler Point for each day of a Cross Currents trip or course that you take. So if you do a three-day trip, you earn three FPPs. If you also take a one-day class, you’d get another FPP for a total of four FPPs. You get the idea.
Once you accumulate six points, you are eligible for a $100 reduction in the next course or trip you take. You can accumulate as many points as you want before cashing them in, as long as you use them before the end of the calendar year. So for example if you were to do a week-long trip, you'd get seven FPPs and could use six of them for a free one-day skills class or to get $100 off your next trip.
There are a few restrictions. First, you can’t carry points over from one calendar year to the next. Second, participation in UnCon gets a maximum of six FPPs. Third, you cannot cash in your FPPs for courses that other instructors run for and through Cross Currents.
Unconscious Competence Series returns for 2019! This award-winning approach to long-term paddler development returns, but with a focus on just those folks who have participated previously. This UnCon "Version 2.5" will run over a five-month period (May to Oct) and involve approximately 12 days of progressive training sessions. We'll be upping the ante to push these skilled paddlers to new limits. Most have attained ACA L3 or BC 3* personal skills awards and we are going to help prepare them for BC Sea Leader (4*), ACA L4 personal skills and/or ACA L3 Trip Leader awards.
More Baja Trips! Our Rocks and Ledges trip to Pacific Baja with Jen Kleck has become such a rite of passage for east coast paddlers that we have to continue the tradition. This year we'll be spending the week on and around Punta Banda from Nov. 9 - 16. If you haven't done this yet, you need to. And if you have, you know you want to go back!
About Cross Currents:
Our goal at Cross Currents is to facilitate paddler development by teaching new skills, exposing people to new environments, getting everyone to stretch their limits and to do so in a way that is both safe and fun. We specialize in long-term paddler development, working with dozens of repeat clients to refine existing skills and progressively expand both the range of skills and the environments in which they are used.The 2015 national award that we received from the ACA for program development was for the Unconscious Competence series, which operationalized the notion of long term paddler development. Eight of the 10 participants received the ACA L3 personal skills award or the BCU 3* award as a result of their particpation in "UnCon".
The primary instructor is Rick Wiebush, who is an ACA Coastal Kayaking L3 Instructor Trainer, Open Water Instructor and a BCU Level 2 Coach. Rick has been fortunate enough to paddle in some fantastic places like Nova Scotia, Greenland, Wales, New Zealand and Australia, and has done multiple extended expeditions in Baja. But Cross Currents isn't just a one-person show. We work in conjunction with other great instructors such as Jen Kleck, Tom Noffsinger, Paula Hubbard, Ken Fandetti, and Mike Hamilton. We run courses and trips in varied locations, including multiple Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean venues, as well as Baja. These include Cape Cod, Newport RI, New York City, Ocean City NJ, Cape Henlopen DE, Ocean City MD, the Virginia Barrier Islands, the Outer Banks, St. Mary's and Cumberland Island, GA, and in the Jacksonville , Tampa and 10,000 Islands areas of Florida.