"You have turned a bunch of middle aged splashers into a group of graceful paddlers, and created an amazing community of people who can come together and enjoy the sport, the environment, and each other. It is a trusting camaraderie. Thank you for all you do."  - S. M. 


Cross Currents Sea Kayaking  provides high quality sea kayaking instruction to paddlers at all ability levels. 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.


Covid 19 Reset: Revised Cross Currents Courses for 2021

The pandemic played havoc with our planned schedule of courses for 2020 but we are back strong for 2021!

We have made several adjustments and will be offering a wide range of courses, many of them new this year. In particular, we have developed a series of two- or three-day weekend courses for the summer and fall that should be great! For these events we are bringing in some fabulous instructors including Jeff Atkins, Ashley Brown and Tom Noffsinger.

Please see the "Courses" tab for a description of these and other courses and trips this year.

The Cross Currents Frequent Paddler Program

Cross Currents is pleased to announce that we will be continuing our frequent paddler program (FPP), through which you can get reduced prices or even free classes or trips.  Last year, people saved $about 2,500 through frequent paddler points.

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 2021! This award-winning approach to long-term paddler development returns this year with another new bunch of rising paddlers.  This UnCon  will run over a four-month period (May to August) and involve approximately 12 days of progressive training sessions.

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. Over the past five years that "UnCon" has been running, 25 of the 35 participants received the ACA L3 personal skills award or the BCU 3* award as a result of their particpation in UnCon.

Cross Currents' primary instructor is Rick Wiebush, who is an ACA Coastal Kayaking L3 Instructor Trainer, a BC Sea Leader, and a BC 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, James Kesterson, Jeff Atkins, Ashley Brown, Paula Hubbard, Ken Fandetti, Dawn Stewart, Greg Hollingsworth, 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 Maine, 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.

Of course, the capstone of every Cross Currents season is the excellent Kiptopeke Sea Kayak Symposium which runs on the Virginia Eastern Shore every September. For three days 60 participants and 15 coaches come together to run a wide range of classes and trips in a spectacular setting.