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Cross Currents Sea Kayaking

123 Osborne Ave

Baltimore, MD 21228

Phone: 410.788.1241

Email: CrossCurrentsSeaKayaking@gmail.com

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Courses for 2020

See "Course Descriptions" PDF for details on each course. Highlights of each are provided below, but the PDF has some really good photos that give a better sense of the trips and classes.

If you'd like to register for one or more courses/trips - or have questions about any of them -  just email us at  CrossCurrentsSeaKayaking@gmail.com.

 

Southwest Florida Exploration - this is currently full; waitlist available.

Dates: Feb 8 - Feb 15, 2020  (Sat - Sat)

Location: Bradenton, FL area

Instructor/Guide: Rick Wiebush and Jeff Atkins

Cost: $845, includes housing

 

Join Jeff and I for this south Florida trip in late February, when the average air temperatures are 75 degrees (high) and 55 degrees (low). The average water temperature for that time period is 65 degrees. Perfect!

We will be staying in a great rental house and doing a week of day trips in south Florida during the dead of winter up here. The paddling will be mostly flat water, about 10 – 12 NM each day, and will include a wide range of environments and wildlife. The trips will include:

  • exploring the cerulean waters and sparkling white sandy beaches near Fort DeSoto

  • winding our way through a series of mangrove tunnels near St. Petersburg

  • a crossing from Pine Island to Cayo Costa (accessible only by boat!)

  • a trip from Tarpons Springs (Greek sponge divers!) out to the lighthouse and state park on Anclote Key

  • a special trip to Silver Springs, home to spectacular flora and amazing wildlife including alligators, manatees and MONKEES!

 

We have a rental house in Bradenton, which will be centrally located for all our paddling destinations. The house is a really nice, with 5 BRs and 4 baths. The $845 course cost includes 7 nights lodging, pick up/drop off at the airport (if flying), and guiding. If needed, we can transport your kayak (from/to Baltimore) for an additional $100.Trip cost does not include transportation to/from south Florida, meals, any park entrance fees, your beer/wine/liquor, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Jacksonville Journeys - this trip is currently full; waitlist available

Dates: Sun. Feb. 16 - Sun. Feb. 23, 2020

Location: Jacksonville, FL area

Instructor/Guide: Rick Wiebush

Cost: $795, includes housing

We are again doing one of Rick’s favorite trips: to the Jacksonville area and some spectacular paddling venues. Our base will be a six-bedroom beachfront house from which we’ll do a wide variety of 10 – 12  mile day trips.

 

The trips are very diverse including open water and sheltered rivers, historic cities (St. Augustine and St. Marys, GA) and gleaming urban areas (downtown Jax), National Parks (Cumberland Island) and places most people never paddle (upper St. Mary's River which forms the border between GA and FL). Oh, and some wildlife like alligators, dolphins and tons of birds.

 

Why February 16 - 23? That includes Presidents Day so people only have to take four days off of work AND because the average high in JAX is 66 in Feb.

 

The cost is $795 for the week. That includes housing (semi-private for singles, private for couples) for seven nights (Sunday through following Saturday). It also includes breakfast and lunch fixins' every day. I buy a range of things, you make what you want each day. It also includes guiding and some informal instruction if you want it. Think about this: you are getting housing and two meals each day + the trips for about $110 per day.

 

You are responsible for getting yourself there, your boats and equipment, your dinners, snacks and adult beverages. Right now, airfare from Baltimore to Jax is as low as $300 r/t. If you fly, we can transport your boat down and back for an additional $100.

Poros Island, Greece  - this trip is currently full; waitlist available.

Dates: April 18 - 25, 2020

Location: Poros, Greece

Guide/Instructor: Rick Wiebush + Local Guide

Cost: $995 (housing included)

 

Cross Currents is going to Europe for the first time! This trip to Greece will be a paddling and cultural trip to an island with fantastic paddling venues and crystal clear blue (mostly flattish) water. We will be staying at a boutique waterfront hotel that is very highly rated and that has great food. It is steps from the put-in.

 

It's important to stress that 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 - 12 NM/day.

 

There are several additional activities that people can do 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.

 

The dates for the first trip are 18 - 25 April (Sat - Sat). There will be a second trip October 10-17.

 

The cost is $995 + airfare. The $995 gets you a two-person shared en suite room, 5 or 6 days of paddling, 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner. Non-paddling spouses/friends (if they share a room with you) are welcome. The cost is 20% less, so $795. 

 

Airfares right now are around $750 from Baltimore/DC.

On Water Navigation

Date: Sun. April 26, 2020

Location: Annapolis, MD

Instructors: Paula Hubbard

Cost: $110

 

Take what you have learned in a classroom setting and apply it to the “real world” i.e. actually on the water. This is the stuff you need to know to find your way effectively and to know where you are at all times when you’re on the water.

 

The overall context for the class will be planning and executing a trip in the Annapolis area. In the planning stage, we’ll review some key issues such as route selection, plotting a course, measuring distances, estimating elapsed time, the potential effects of wind and current, identifying potential bail-out points, etc.

 

Once on the water, we will see what those zillion little symbols on charts actually look like in real life, with particular attention paid to aids to navigation. Several key skills will be reviewed and practiced, such as establishing ferry angles and using ranges to deal with the effects of current.  We will also spend a lot of time matching up what we see on the chart to actual land and water features, and you will be constantly challenged to identify “where are we now?” 

 

Get a handle on practical, useful navigation skills – join us for this popular course!

 

Intensive Intermediate Skills

 

Date: Sat. - Sun;  May 30 - 31, 2020

Location: Kent Island, MD

Instructors:  Denise Parisi, Laurie Collins, Shelly Wiechelt

Cost: $225

Take your skills to the next level! This is an intensive skills development course that will focus on learning or refining a whole range of core skills including strokes and maneuvers, edging, bracing and rescues. It is specifically designed for rising intermediate paddlers and is the perfect thing for them to do. 

The course will include refinement of many of the basic strokes (forward, reverse, sweeps, draws, stern rudder) and rescues (e.g. T-rescue, paddle float) as well as a range of intermediate strokes (e.g., bow rudder, low brace turn). We will place a major emphasis on edging to facilitate turns (or going straight!), bracing, and using the wind to your advantage.

The course is geared toward developing ACA Level 2 (and some Level 3) personal skills proficencies.  But we won't be trying to teach you everything, since that leads to overload and a failure to retain anything.  Instead, we want to focus on the really important stuff and make sure you have those things nailed down by the time the weekend is over.


The Gathering at Chincoteague: Paddling, Lighthouses and Ponies

June 5 - 7 2020

Location: Chincoteague Is. VA

Instructors: James Kesterson, Jeff Atkins, Ashley Brown, Paula Hubbard. Mike Hamilton, Rick Wiebush

Cost: $395, includes housing

 

In past years, the extremely popular spring “Gathering” has been held at Onancock and Tangier Island. This year we are heading somewhere totally new, namely Chincoteague! And we will have a new, exciting set of fabulous instructors and trip leaders including James Kesterson, Jeff Atkins, Ashley Brown, Paula Hubbard. Mike Hamilton, Rick and others. 

 

You’ll be able to choose between doing a class or trip each day. The exact classes and trips will be determined by the people attending, but there will be something exciting for people of all skill levels each of the three days.

The Paddling

 

There will be opportunities for:

 

  • surfing at Assateague for all skill levels; 

  • current play; 

  • intermediate skills classes; 

  • rolling 

  • a circumnavigation of Chincoteague Island; 

  • flat water day trips; and 

  • a trip on the Chesapeake Bay side to the now-abandoned Chesapeake Bay Foundation facility on Great Fox Island.

 

The Gathering will be house-based. I have three wonderful old houses lined up. They all face the water. They are within about one-half mile of each other. If some people want to stay over Sunday night, we can do that. Sunday night stay would be an additional $55. 

 

The Eating

There are several excellent restaurants right on the island some just a short walk away from the houses. People can go out or arrange to cook in at their house. We will try to have a cocktail party at one of the houses one or two nights.

 

ACA L2 Instructor Update

Date: June 5, 2020

Location: Chincoteague

Instructor: Rick Wiebush

Cost: included in cost of the Gathering, or $125

 

An L2 Instructor Update will be conducted on the Friday of the Gathering at Chincoteague. The ACA requires all instructors to attend an update once every four years. It does not have to be in the fourth year after you got certified. It can be at any time during the four-year period.

As part of the update, you will be expected to demonstrate many of the same skills that led to your initial certification. That includes teaching. There will be a group of L2-level participants at Chincoteague that will serve as your students. The Update is not a formal assessment – it is designed to refresh and expand your skills. You will be expected to make a formal 15-minute presentation on a topic of mutual choice.

If you are attending the Gathering, the cost of the Update is included in that fee and housing is provided. If you are coming just for the Update, the cost is $125, and housing is not provided.

 

 

ACA L3 Instructor Update

Dates: June 6 - 7, 2020

Location: Chincoteague

Instructor: Rick Wiebush

Cost: included in cost of the Gathering, or $250

 

An L3 Instructor Update will be conducted on the Saturday and Sunday of the Gathering at Chincoteague. The ACA requires all instructors to attend an update once every four years. It does not have to be in the fourth year after you got certified. It can be at any time during the four-year period.

As part of the update, you will be expected to demonstrate many of the same skills that led to your initial certification. That includes teaching. There will be a group of L2-level participants at Chincoteague that will serve as your students. The Update is not a formal assessment – it is designed to refresh and expand your skills. You will be expected to make a formal 15-minute presentation on a topic of mutual choice.

If you are attending the Gathering, the cost of the Update is included in that fee and housing is provided If you are coming just for the Update, the cost is $250, and housing is not provided.

 

 

Greenland Skills Workshop

Dates: June 27 - 28, 2020

Location: Rocky Point Park, Essex, MD

Instructors: Mike Hamilton

Cost: $250

 

This two-day Greenland skills course will be custom-tailored to meet the needs and abilities of the participants. Potential items to work on include introducing or refining basic and advanced maneuvering strokes using a Greenland paddle, an intense forward stroke clinic, introduction to rolling or rolling refinement, safety and rescues of skin on frame qajaqs, an overview of traditional qajaq gear, stalking prey and harpoon throwing. Greenlandic cultural appreciation is an integral component of this class. Traditional gear will be available to try.

 

The course will take place at Rocky Point Park at Essex in eastern Baltimore County. Class is limited to four participants.

Circumnavigation of Manhattan

June 27, 2020 (Sat)

Location: George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee, NJ

Guide: Rick Wiebush

Cost: $150 (includes housing)

 

This is a 27 nm circumnavigation of Manhattan that includes free housing on Friday and Saturday nights.  This is a bucket-list trip that’s so good, many people do it every year.It’s 27 nautical miles, but feels much shorter because we time things so that we are always going with the current. Since that current can reach three knots in some places, we’ll get a big boost.

It’s a varied trip in that we sometimes will be on flat, scenic water while at other times we’ll have to negotiate the swells and clapotis created by ferry wakes at the southern tip of Manhattan.  What makes this trip special – and safe - is that we do it with 10-15 people, rather than the 200 + paddlers that some of groups organize.

 

Note: this is not a trip for beginners. You need to have pretty good endurance and it would be wise to train before doing this trip. You should work your way up to paddling at least 15 nm for a couple of weeks prior to the trip. The trip will be more pleasant if you do this kind of training.

 

You should also have basic skills including a good forward stroke, effective stopping and reverse strokes, knowledge of bracing, and strong experience with assisted rescues. The trip will be a lot safer for you and everyone else if you ensure that you have these skills before doing the trip.

 

July 4th on Northern Neck: Chesapeake Wine Trail and Brewery

Dates: July 3 - 5, 2020  (Fri - Sun)

Location: Reedville, VA

Guides: Rick Wiebush, Laurie Collins

Cost: $325, includes housing

 

Join for a long 4th of July weekend enjoying the northern neck of Virginia and the quaint, historic town of Reedville. This is unexplored territory for me, but all reports are that it is a fabulous paddling destination. This will be a house-based trip and a wonderful way to spend the July 4th weekend! We’ll arrive Thursday night and depart mid-afternoon on Sunday.

 

What I like is that in addition to the paddling trips each day (including parts of the John Smith Historic Water Trail), a lot of "culture" will be mixed in. "Culture" is defined as: 1) five vineyards that are part of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail and 2) a local brewery!

After circumnavigating Fleet's Island (10.5 NM) on Friday, we'll head to the Kilmarnock Brewhaus to try one or more of their 15 locally-brewed beers AND locally caught crabs and oysters AND live music!  See attached chart of Fleet's Island.

 

The plan for Saturday is to set up a one-way paddle (with shuttle) so that at the end of the day we land at Jacey vineyards which has its’ own beach. Then we can partake without having to worry about paddling back. That night we will also have a cookout on or near the vineyard property.

 

On Sunday we can do the shorter Cockerell Creek Water Trail with a stop at the waters edge ice cream shop and the Fisherman's Museum (shorter Sunday so we can get on the road)

 

The $325 cost includes housing, one dinner and guiding. Does not include adult beverages at the vineyard or brewhaus. No formal instruction is included, but we are happy to help informally.

Tangier Island Paddling and Cultural Immersion

Dates: July 17 - 19, 2020 (Fri - Sun)

Location: Tangier, VA

Instructors/Trip Leaders: Rick Wiebush

Cost: $375 (housing included)

 

We are going back to Tangier Island for the 12th year in a row!  Tangier is so special because: 1) everyone who has come here to paddle with Cross Currents has absolutely loved it; 2) it is a fascinating community of watermen that has an incredible history (from the mid-1600’s) and a unique culture; 3) there are several wonderful trips to do in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay; 4) we stay in a great B&B and 5) the food is fabulous! Need any other reasons?

 

As in previous years, this will be for a small group of paddlers who will get together for a long three-day weekend.  We’ll catch the ferry from Crisfield MD on Friday, paddle that afternoon and all day Saturday, and most of the day on Sunday before getting the ferry back to Crisfield.

The Paddling

 

The trips will be for people of all skill levels (beginners excepted). Trips over the weekend will be selected from some of the following options:

 

  • Circumnavigation of Tangier Island (8 - 9 NM)

  • Exploring the various guts and sinuous creeks of the “Uppards”

  • Following a string of sandy isles north toward Smith Island and across the Virginia –Maryland border

  • Playing in a rambunctious (but safe) “zipper” at the extreme southern tip of the island

Culture

 

If you have never been to Tangier Island you are in for a real treat. It is like no place else you’ve ever been. These are friendly, hard-working people, almost all of whom have grown up on the island and are descended from about eight main families. They have a distinct dialect (allegedly Elizabethan) that at times is extremely hard to understand. Although they historically have all been watermen (and women), the difficulty of making a living that way has led some of the younger people to take jobs working two-week-on, two-week-off shifts on tug boats in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River.

 

You’ll have an opportunity to wander around the island on its two or three very narrow streets, watch people get around in their golf carts, see the teen-agers cruise up and down the main street (in golf carts) on Saturday night, and eat unbelievably good, fresh food at two different restaurants.

 

We can also arrange for you to have an evening tour of one of the crabbing operations where you’ll get a close up view of how the watermen make their living.

 

The $375 cost includes housing for two nights, the round-trip ferry, two breakfasts, one dinner, guiding and instruction.  The fee does not include the cost of one dinner, your lunches and snacks, your adult beverages, or your transport to/from Crisfield.

Introduction to Open Water Skills, Part I    

Dates: July 25, 2020 (Sat) Part II is on Aug. 1 -2.
Location: Kent Island (Kent Narrows), MD
Instructor: Greg Hollingsworth
Cost: $295 for both classes; $110 for just this class


This is a two-part course that will introduce paddlers to open water skills on the Chesapeake Bay, and then have people apply those skills in open water conditions during a weekend session at the shore.

Moving beyond flat water sea kayaking is what this course is all about.  It will provide you with a set of foundation skills that will help advance your paddling abilities and become comfortable and more confident in bouncier water. We will be focusing on the development of ACA Level 3 personal skills.

Part I will focus on a variety of skills that are directly applicable to open water.   We will work to refine the strokes and rescues you’ll need and will go through some fun drills to reinforce the learning. Our intent for this course is to make sure you grasp each skill, can apply it when needed and understand its relationship to your paddling in rougher conditions.



Intro to Open Water Skills,  Part II 

Dates: Aug. 1 -2, 2020  (Sat - Sun)
Location: Metompkin Inlet (Onancock), VA  Eastern  Shore
Instructors: Greg Hollingsworth, Rick Wiebush
Cost: $295 for Parts I and II; $225 for Part II only


This course is designed for those who took Part I of Intro to Open Water Skills (on July 25) OR those who have taken some intermediate skills training and are looking to apply their skills in somewhat rougher water conditions.  This two-day course will expose you to paddling in surf, current and open water under the watchful supervision of qualified ACA instructors.  Metompkin Inlet is perfect because you can start in smaller surf and, if desired, move up to bigger stuff.

We’ll get acclimated to rougher water by practicing skills in smaller waves, including those skills that will keep you upright in waves and surf.  You will learn a variety of techniques to launch and land through surf and to play safely in the surf zone.   We’ll gradually increase the challenges by venturing into more challenging conditions. Rescue drills will be intermixed and, if conditions permit, we will try our hand at surfing our kayaks.

 

This is always a fun and exciting weekend.  You will come away with a new skill set and greater confidence. Part of what makes this a fun weekend is that we will be staying in a group house on the Virginia Eastern shore (near Onancock and the put in for Metompkin).  Housing is not included in the course fee, but is usually only about $50/night.

 

Paddle Smarter, Not Harder: Women’s Skills Workshop

Dates: Aug 1 - 2, 2020 (Sat - Sun)

Location: Wachapreague, VA Eastern Shore

Instructor: Paula Hubbard

Cost: $225

 

This course is all about helping grow the women who have recently started in our sport and for those who may have been paddling for a while but have never had outstanding formal instruction. The women who did this course last year absolutely loved it! The class emphasizes the ways in which women can use proper technique, better balance, and a supportive learning environment to develop and enhance skill development. Learn how small women can keep up with the big boys, or even leave them in the dust.  Explore ways of using your body to facilitate assisted and self-rescues, and see how a lower center of gravity can be a huge advantage in some aspects of paddling.  This is all about paddling smarter, not harder.

 

The classes on both days will be on flat, calm water on the Chesapeake Bay.

 

On Saturday, the focus will be on strokes.  It will start with a review of the basics, and emphasize effective use of the body to get the maximum performance with minimum effort.  Don’t worry about being the slowest paddler in a group, we will spend a lot of time on the forward stroke making keeping up easier.  Then we will work on boat control with grace and finesse.  This will include standard sweep strokes, draw strokes, and blending strokes for efficient, elegant, and precise maneuvers.  We will finish with support strokes, bracing and sculling.  These strokes can increase your confidence in rougher water by giving you more stability.  While it sounds very serious, be prepared for fun, games and lots of laughs, no pressure.

 

Sunday will be all about Recovery, Reentry and Rescues. The focus is on different ways to perform self and assisted rescues.  The class will start with a review of the basics, then we will work on different aspects of a rescue starting with boat maneuvering, using your body to effectively perform an assisted rescue, climbing back into a kayak using a variety of techniques, plus a few more scenarios.  There will be more fun, more games and more laughs. 

 

As a bonus, we will be staying in two apartments at the wonderful Wachapreague Inn on the Virginia Eastern Shore. Staying together gives us more opportunity to talk about paddling trips, skills and just have fun together. The cost will likely be around $50 per night for a shared room.

 

There will be two more advanced groups of paddlers staying (and playing) nearby, so you’ll have an opportunity to interact with them and watch them work on more advanced skills in bouncier water.

Risk Assessment and Incident Management

Date: Aug. 8, 2020 (Sat)

Location: Chestertown, MD (Sassafras River)

Instructor: Paula Hubbard

Cost: $110

 

This course will introduce paddlers to the concept and practice of risk assessment for sea kayakers. It will also train participants in how to deal with situations in which – in spite of the assessed risks – things have gone very wrong.

 

The risk assessment portion of the course will present and discuss the factors that need to be taken into account by all paddlers at all times before getting on the water and what issues require constant monitoring once on the water, to avoid chaos and possible tragedy. Wind, weather, waves, current, the group’s skill level, available equipment, and other considerations will all be reviewed. In addition, Paula will present the formal risk assessment models used by the Tsunami Rangers (discussed in the November 2019 issue of Coastbusters) and by Body, Boat, Blade (discussed in the January 2020 issue of Coastbusters).

 

Sometimes, in spite of careful planning and risk assessment, shit happens. The situations that arise – and responding appropriately to them – will form the main part of this course. During a journey on the water, various and multiple manufactured “incidents” will confront the group and will need to be dealt with by them. These may include relatively mild incidents like the paddler who wants to go off on her own, or a blown/lost hatch cover. They will also likely include more serious incidents like a capsized paddler who is unable to get back in his boat, a lost paddler, or a situation in which everyone in the group has capsized.

 

This course is on flat water, but it will challenge you both physically and mentally. It will also deepen your understanding of how to prevent “incidents” and how to respond safely and creatively to them when they do happen.

 

Both because and in spite of the above, this course is also an incredible amount of fun!

Introduction to Rocks and Ledges

 

Dates: Fri - Sun Aug. 14 - 16, 2020

 

Location: Narragansett Bay, Newport, Rhode Island area

Instructors: Ken Fandetti, Rick Wiebush

Cost: $325

 

Join us on this very exciting and challenging course during which we will learn all the basic strategies for dealing with swell as it meets dramatic rocky shorelines and islands. It is just too much fun!

This is a three-day course. The first day (Fri) will focus on practicing the strokes and maneuvers that are used most frequently when playing in rocks and ledges. These include forward and reverse “sprints”, sculling draws and draws on the move, advanced stern rudders, bow rudders and low brace turns.  We’ll also review the safest strategies for dealing with the unexpected capsize near swell and rocks.  To see how these strokes and maneuvers work around rocks – and to develop confidence - we’ll practice in small play spots for most of the day.

Over the next two days, we’ll try some runs through narrow slots in the rocks, ride swell up to get as close to the rock face as possible and try some pour-overs. You'll learn how to use risk assessment to select appropriate play spots. We'll start with small features to develop water-reading skills and work our way up to bigger features.  In all play spots, what you do will be “challenge by choice” i.e. if you don’t feel comfortable trying something, that is totally fine. You can just watch or maybe try a smaller feature. This is about expanding your skills and challenging yourself; not about being stupid or unsafe.  This is not a testosterone challenge!

If you want to do this course you should be a pretty solid intermediate-level sea kayaker with good boat control and bracing skills.  A roll would be helpful but isn’t required. You do not need previous experience in rock gardens, although you are welcome to join us if you have had some exposure to this aspect of paddling. You definitely need a helmet.  

Intensive Intermediate Skills Workshop

Dates: Aug. 22 - 23, 2020 (Sat -Sun)

Location:  Kent Island/Kent Narrows

Instructor:  Denise Parisi, Laurie Collins, Shelly Wiechelt

Cost: $225

 

This is a repeat of the two-day intensive skills development course (see May 30 – 31) that will focus on learning or refining a whole range of core skills including strokes and maneuvers, edging, bracing and rescues. It is designed for rising intermediate paddlers. We hope to get you on the road to paddling with grace and style,

The course will include refinement of all the basic strokes (forward, reverse, sweeps, draws, stern rudder) and rescues (e.g. T-rescue, paddle float) as well as a range of intermediate strokes (e.g., bow rudder, low brace turn) and rescues (e.g., eskimo, scoop). We will place a major emphasis on edging to facilitate turns (or going straight!), bracing, and using the wind to your advantage.

The course is geared toward developing ACA Level 2 (and some Level 3) personal skills proficiencies

Advanced Strokes and Cool Moves

Date: Aug. 29, 2020 (Sat)

Location: Rocky Gorge Reservoir, Laurel, MD

Instructor: Rick Wiebush

Cost: $110

 

At the end of this day, you will totally be able to impress not only your paddling friends but also yourself with all the things you’ll learn. The next time you go paddling with your friends and do some of this stuff, they’ll be saying “Whoa! What was that? What did you just do? Can you show me again?”

 

We are going to spend the day learning a bunch of techniques and moves that most paddlers either don’t know how to do or don’t use often enough.  These are strokes and maneuvers that will expand your repertoire AND make you look very cool.  We’ll work on turning strokes like the cross-bow rudder, and forward and reverse high brace turns; evasive moves like the draw on the move; gliding strokes such as forward and reverse side slips; and corrective strokes including the advanced stern rudder and keyhole stroke. 

       

Then in the afternoon we are going to jack it up even further by focusing on ways to make you a more effective and fluid paddler by combining various strokes with one another. This part of the day is about taking strokes you already know (plus some you learn in the morning) and learning how to combine them with each other to create more powerful turns and doing maneuvers without losing momentum.  Not only is it fun to do, but linking and combining strokes could be critical for getting to a capsized paddler – or out of a dangerous situation - much more quickly.

Deep Trouble: Advanced Rescues

Date: Aug. 30, 2020 (Sun.)

Location: Annapolis/Chesapeake Bay

Instructor: Rick Wiebush

Cost: $110

 

As the name suggests, this course will be about learning rescues that you may need when you are in serious trouble, which typically happens in rougher water. We’ll head out to the Bay to a few spots where we know we can find rougher water. During the day we’ll learn and practice rescues that many people are not familiar with or don’t practice often such as eskimo rescues (with bow, stern and paddle presentation), scoop, Hand of God, back deck carries, inter-boat transfers and rescues while under tow. We’ll then have opportunities (“incidents”) that will challenge us to find creative solutions to difficult problems.

 

This will be a demanding and challenging course. Consequently, you need to have a lot of experience – and be very confident about - basic rescue techniques such as the T-rescue and some form of self-rescue. This is not a course for “newish” paddlers.

 


ACA L3 Trip Leader Training/Assessment and BC 4* Prep 
Dates: Weds. - Thurs. Sept 23 -24 (right before Kiptopeke) 2020
Location: Kiptopeke State Park, VA Eastern Shore
Instructors: Jen Kleck, Rick Wiebush
Cost: $260

 

 

The purpose of this training – besides having a lot of fun in a fabulous place to paddle - is to prepare people who want to lead others in a moderate water environment (ACA L3 or BC 4*).  There will be a dual focus during these two days: training or assessment. One group will consist of paddlers who want to take the required L3 trip leader training course (training track).  The other group will consist of those who want to be assessed for certification as an ACA L3 Trip Leader (assessment track). In order to be assessed, you need to have taken the L3 Trip Leader training course (or have equivalent skills). Participation in this course will also provide strong preparation for BC 4*. However, it will not technically meet the BC requirements for 4* training or assessment.

 

There is a major emphasis in this course on leadership skills including planning, communication, risk assessment, and incident management. Skills such as navigation, rescues and towing in rougher water, and launching and landing a group in moderate surf also receive considerable attention. The L3 Trip Leader award (and BC 4*) are leadership awards, not coaching awards. More details about the ACA L3 Trip leader award can be found here:

 

https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/sei-courses/L3_CK_TL_Skills.pdf

 

Housing

 

We always rent a house in Cape Charles for these special pre-Kiptopeke classes. Housing costs are typically $50 - $55/night for a shared room.

 

 

10th Annual (!!!!!) Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium

 

Dates: Sept. 25 - 27, 2020  (Fri - Sun)
Location: Kiptopeke State Park, VA Eastern Shore
Coaches: Jen Kleck,  Tom Noffsinger, Alison Sigethy, Ashley Brown, Jeff Atkins, Ed Schiller, Rick Wiebush, Brian Blankinship, Ken Fandetti, Paula Hubbard and more!
Cost: $450 includes all classes, 3 nights lodging and one dinner ($425 if registered and paid before June 1st.)


A three-day weekend of skills instruction and tours in the fabulous setting of the Virginia Barrier Islands.  14 top-notch instructors offer five calm water and five rough water courses each day. Courses for ALL ability levels. Not to be missed - people love this event!

The 2020 courses will be finalized by about May 1 and registration will start that date as well. We plan to offer the most popular courses from past years, plus some new ones. Typical courses include:

  • Beginning and Advanced Rolling

  • Greenland Skills

  • Intermediate skills

  • Life on the Edge and Open Water Skills

  • Intro to Surf; Advanced Surfing

  • Intro to Rougher Water

  • Basic and Advanced Rescues

  • Paddling with Grace and Style

  • Edging and Bracing

  • Wreckage in the Wave Train

  • Barrier Island touring trips

 

Please see the "Symposium" tab for details around May 1, 2020.
 

 

Poros Island, Greece  - this trip is currently full; waitlist available.

Dates: Oct 10 - 17, 2020 (Sat - Sat)

Location: Poros, Greece

Guide/Instructor: Rick Wiebush + Local Guide

Cost: $995 (housing included)

 

Cross Currents is going to Greece for the second time this year! This trip to Greece will be a paddling and cultural trip to an island with fantastic paddling venues and crystal clear blue (mostly flattish) water. We will be staying at a boutique waterfront hotel that is very highly rated and that has great food. It is steps from the put-in.

 

It's important to stress that 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 - 12 NM/day.

 

There are several additional activities that people can do 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.

 

The cost is $995 + airfare. The $995 gets you a two-person shared en-suite room, 5 or 6 days of paddling, 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner. Non-paddling spouses/friends (if they share a room with you) are welcome. The cost is 20% less, so $795. 

 

Airfares right now are around $750 from Baltimore/DC.

 

Pacific Baja –  Rock and Ledges + Lighthouse Stay 
Dates: Nov 7 - 15, 2020  (Sat. - Sun.)
Location: San Diego and Ensenada, Baja Mexico
Instructors:  Jen Kleck, Rick Wiebush, Victor Leon
Cost $895 (includes boats and equipment, 6 nights lodging, most meals, transportation to Baja and back; instruction)

Join us for a week-long trip that will feature rock gardening and a crossing to Todos Santos islands where we’ll spend the night in a lighthouse overlooking the Pacific Ocean!  This year we have added another day to the trip so that we can experience some of the great aspects of Mexican culture.  We'll visit the Ensenada waterfront with its' famous, bustling fish markets; get some spectacular street food, and visit either a local vineyard or a Mexican brewery.


We will be spending six days playing amidst the rocks and waves of the Pacific coast. The shoreline here is absolutely gorgeous, with mountains rising up from the sea, and massive stone pillars and caves dotting the coast. It is also a paddler’s playground with all kinds of features that are easily accessible and safe. As is always the case with our rock gardening courses, this will be challenge by choice – if you don’t feel comfortable doing something, it’s totally fine to not do it. But you will be thrilled by the challenges you do take on. We've  brought five different groups here since 2016, and everyone called it one of the best paddling trips they’ve ever done!

 

This trip is for those who have had some experience with rock gardening, surf, or have pretty solid 3* skills.

The 7th (fly into San Diego) and 15th (fly back) are travel dates.