Revised Course Schedule for 2020

The highlights of the revised schedule for the summer and fall of 2020 is outlined below. You can download a copy here.

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.

 

Risk Mitigation During These Courses

Cross Currents has taken several steps to insure the health and safety of people taking courses or doing trips. Those steps are:

 

  1. All courses and trips will be limited to 10 -15 people.

  2. All courses will require participants to wear masks during on-land lessons, and during launching and landing procedures. Social distancing is mandated during paddling, breaks and lunches.

  3. For multi-day courses that involve overnight stays: participants will choose whether they want to be in a group house (shared or single room) OR a motel (shared or single room) OR camping.

  4. The number of people in group houses is limited to eight. Masks and/or social distancing will be practiced in common areas of the house (especially the kitchen). Access to the kitchen for meal prep will be done in shifts of four people per shift. People will be encouraged to eat meals outside whenever possible. Common areas, especially kitchens will be wiped down with disinfectant after each use.

  5. People in group houses will be encouraged to bring their own linens and towels.

Greenland Skills Workshop

Dates: June 27, 2020

Location: Triadelphia Reservoir, Dayton MD

Instructors: Mike Hamilton

Cost: $125

 

This 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.

 

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: $350, 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.

Advanced Strokes: Combination and Coordination

Date: July 25, 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: July 26, 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.

 

Redpoint: Exploring Barrier Island Inlets This course is full

Dates: July 31 - Aug 2, 2020  (Fri - Sun.)

Location: Wachapreague, VA

Instructor: James Kesterson

Cost: $295 + housing

 

James Kesterson (ACA L5) is a fabulous guy and great coach. He is going to do two days of redpointng (see below) in the Virginia Barrier Islands (which will involve some surfing and rough water) and a third day of pure surfing at Metompkin Inlet.  James did the redpointing course last year at Kiptopeke and people raved about it. It emphasizes real world, open-water trip planning and execution to a couple different Barrier Island inlets, as well as negotiating those inlets once there. It will also involve some incident management and rescues, and maybe (voluntary) rolling in the surf.

 

The first day’s trip will be to a familiar inlet (Metompkin) and is designed in part to prepare participants for the second day’s trip to a different Barrier Island inlet. This second trip will involve “redpointing”, which is a mountaineering term for leading a climbing route for the first time.

 

The first day we’re going to Metompkin Inlet.  Before the launch we will plan our route of travel including reviewing weather, sea state, tides and currents. On the way out, we’ll review and practice the skills we need for rough water and surf.  As we go into the chop, we will practice our roll and/or self-rescue, and assisted rescue. We’ll facilitate this practice by repeatedly surfing backwards! In addition, if conditions permit, we’ll also practice rescuing an injured paddler. It will be a long day. Made even longer with a homework assignment: trip planning for Day 2, including weather, tides, and route of travel. You’ll need a helmet, your tow lines, a compass, and a chart of the Metompkin Inlet area.

 

Our second day will be in new-to-us territory. After reviewing the weather, tides, and trip plans that participants developed the night before, we’ll travel to a different Barrier Island inlet using our agreed-upon plan, our ocean experience and our judgement. This is “redpointing”.  Once at the inlet, we’ll stop and scout out the conditions and pick a route for us to paddle out, and back in, through the inlet. We’ll identify some surf areas that we need to avoid and others in which we can spend some time playing before we head back to the launch.

 

Paddle Smarter, Not Harder: Women’s Skills Workshop

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

Location: Kent Island, MD

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. 

 

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 - This course is full; a waitlist is available

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 two-day 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 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

Surf and Rough Water Weekend

Dates: August 28 – 30 (Fri – Sun)

Location: Cape Charles, VA

Instructor: Jeff Atkins

Cost: $295 + housing

 

Join Jeff for three days of fun and skill development on the Virginia Eastern Shore. This class will involve one day of rough/open water training and two days of surfing.

 

The rough water day will be at Smith Island off Wise Point (near Kiptopeke). We’ll deal with the outrageous current that whips around the tip of Smith and the incredible bouncy water that it generates right at the tip. And, the wave train beckons! The class will include strategies for dealing with the various confused water features found in the area and ways of grappling with issues that arise as a result of things going awry. Figure on some incident management in rough water, including rescues, towing, back-deck carries, etc.

 

The two days of surfing will include at least one at Metompkin Inlet and maybe one at Smith island.  If it seems like the surf at Smith isn’t working, both surfing days will be at Metompkin.

 

For this trip, we have rented two large houses right across the street from each other near Cape Charles. While they each hold 12 people, we will keep the number at a max of eight per house. For those who want to stay at a motel, there are several options very close to the houses. (See safety strategies on the first page of this document.)

 

Depending on where things are with respect to restrictions in Virginia, we hope to be able to eat at one of Cape Charles great restaurants at least one night. And the houses have plenty of room outside (including a fire pit) so that we can have meals right there as well.

Intro to Current, Surf and Open Water

Dates: Sept. 18 - 20 (Fri - Sun)

Locations: Susquehanna River, Ocean City NJ, NJ Pine Barrens

Instructor: Rick Wiebush

Cost: $295 + housing

 

Looking to try out rougher water paddling? Then this is the course for you. We will introduce you to three different rougher water environments, including the frequently strong currents of the Susquehanna River near Delta, PA, the gentler, but skill-demanding currents of the Wading River in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens and the open water and surf at Corson’s Inlet in Ocean City, New Jersey. These three venues provide a variety of conditions allowing for a safe and exciting learning environment that can easily be adapted for paddlers at many skill levels.

 

This course is designed for those who have taken some intermediate skills training and are looking to apply their skills in somewhat rougher water conditions.  This three-day course will develop the skills you need for rougher water, under the watchful supervision of qualified ACA instructors. 

 

In each place we’ll get acclimated to rougher water by practicing stokes, maneuvers and boat control skills in easier current and smaller waves to start. Skills will include those that will keep you upright when you are getting bounced around.  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 while at Ocean City.

 

Some of the specific skills you’ll learn include edging while crossing currents, surfing small wave trains, ferrying, dealing with eddy lines, using hanging draws and stern rudders to deal with the sinuous curves of the Wading River, launching and landing through surf, bracing in surf, rescues in all environments and towing.

 

The plan is to do the Susquehanna on the first day, drive to Ocean City that night, stay in a motel, get introduced to surf on the second day, return to the same motel, and then head to the Pine Barrens for the last day.

 

You will come away from this weekend a stronger and more confident paddler!

 

 

The (Re)Gathering at Chincoteague

Dates: Oct 2 - 4 (Fri - Sun)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA

Instructors: Ashley Brown, Jeff Atkins, Rick Wiebush

Cost: $325 + housing

 

We had to cancel the originally-planned “Gathering at Chincoteague” due to the Coronavirus. The 60 people that were supposed to come were extremely disappointed!  But we aren’t giving up, because this paddling destination is just too good to miss. The big difference this time is that instead of 60 people, we are limiting attendance to 15.

 

The paddling plan is fabulous, as are Jeff and Ashley! The paddling will be suitable for people at the intermediate and more advanced skill levels. The exact courses and trips will depend in part on who goes but this is what we envision:

 

  • A circumnavigation of Chincoteague Island on the Friday. We’ll have to time the currents carefully so that we get a strong boost to cover the 14 nm easily. It will be near a full moon so the current will be cranking!

  • Friday night will see the opportunity for a full-moon paddle for those who didn’t get enough during the day.

  • On Saturday, people who want to surf will head down to Metompkin Inlet. Those who want a great paddle will head over to the Bay and paddle out to Great Fox Island, where the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has a facility. This is a 14 nm round trip in open water.

  • On Sunday, you can choose between a class focused on learning and refining intermediate skills, or take another trip, or head out to the Chincoteague Inlet to play in current, then paddle along the oceanside of Assateague Island and play in surf.

 

We have rented one really nice house that can hold eight people. Depending on what everyone wants to do for housing, we can get another house or people can stay in one of the local motels, where off-season prices will be in effect

 

 

Savannah Low Country, Barrier Islands, and Tybee - Trip 1

Dates: Oct 19 - 24, 2020 (Mon - Sat)

Location: Tybee Island, GA

Instructors: Rick Wiebush, Kathryn Lapolla

Cost: $695 + housing

 

Experience the stunning creeks and salt marshes of coastal Georgia. Paddle out to some of Georgia’s pristine barrier islands. Surf at and around Tybee Island. Calm water and – for those who want it – rougher water. Culture and history. This week-long trip has it all!

 

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and it finally came together this year. Cross Currents is teaming up with Kathryn Lapolla of Savannah Coastal Ecotours and Dale Williams of Sea Kayaking USA to bring you the best of the Georgia coast at a great time of the year.

 

Kathryn is an L3 instructor who knows the creeks, marshes and barrier islands inside and out. She also has extensive knowledge about the ecology, wildlife, and history of the area. In addition, Dale Williams will join us periodically. Dale is based in Tybee, and is an expert in surfing and rough water. Dale also will be offering a reduced-rate surfing instruction on the last day.

 

The Paddling

 

The paddling days will alternate between exploring the calmer creeks and salt marshes on the one hand, and the ocean environment and barrier islands on the other.  Georgia has 14 major barrier islands and only three are accessible by car – so this is nature at its most pristine! All the trips are tidal dependent (since there is a 7 – 8 ft tidal range). In this first trip, the range of options includes:

 

  • heading out to Little Tybee Island to explore its’ unspoiled beaches and do some surfing (if you want), and then head back riding the tide through the serpentine Jack’s Cut;

 

  • exploring Ebenezer Creek, with its’ huge, ancient, bald cypress and virgin tupelo (sour gum) trees; interesting colonial and Civil War history, and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (with gators). Kathryn describes this place as “magical; Zen”.

 

  • Visit Ossabaw island. You can only get to Ossabaw by boat. It has 13 miles of undeveloped beaches and is home to nesting loggerhead turtles and the endangered wood stork. If we get a rainy day, we can head to Sapelo Island and visit a Gullah-Geechee community.

 

  • Do an easy paddle on the Moon River, passing through a huge “cave” formed by huge live oaks, and passing through the Wormsloe State Historic site.

 

  • On the last day (Sat)., those who want to can take a half-day surfing lesson with Dale Williams at Tybee. He can handle up to five people. There is an extra cost of just $75 for this “add-on”.

Other Activities

 

There are loads of off-water opportunities including exploring the dynamic city of Savannah and fascinating cultural and historical sites. One of the major attractions is the Moon River District, which includes the Wormsloe Plantation, the University of Georgia aquarium, and the Pin Point Museum, which details the history of the Gullah-Geechee community of fishing and oystering watermen. In addition, the Isle of Hope Historic District is part of the National Register of Historic places. It is a waterfront community with spectacular antebellum homes and mansions that the 19th century merchants of Savannah built to escape the summer heat.

 

Food

 

Both Savannah and Tybee are loaded with restaurants, including family-style places and plenty of seafood eateries. In addition, we plan to put together a Low Country Boil one evening after paddling!

 

Housing

 

I will be getting a house on Tybee Island that will hold 6 – 8 people. If enough people want to stay in a house, I’ll get another one. There are plenty of motels in Savannah and Tybee if people feel more comfortable having their own room and not dealing with others in common areas.

 

Savannah Low Country, Barrier Islands, and Tybee - Trip 2  This trip is full; a waitlist is available

Dates: Oct 26 - 31, 2020 (Mon - Sat)

Location: Tybee Island, GA

Instructors: Rick Wiebush, Kathryn Lapolla

Cost: $695 + housing

This is the second of two back-to-back trips. Cross Currents is teaming up with Kathryn Lapolla of Savannah Coastal Ecotours and Dale Williams of Sea Kayaking USA to bring you the best of the Georgia coast at a great time of the year.

 

The paddling will be different for this second trip since the tides will be very different. This week we’ll be able to ride the tides out to the Barrier Islands, play and explore, and then ride the tides back to the put in. We’ll be flying around! In addition to experiencing the flat water creeks and salt marshes, we’ll be paddling out to three of Georgia’s pristine barrier islands. And there will be more surfing opportunities for those who want it.

 

Kathryn is an L3 instructor who knows the creeks, marshes and barrier islands inside and out. She has extensive knowledge about the ecology, wildlife, culture, and history of the area. And you already know Dale:  L5 ITE, based in Tybee, expert in surfing and rough water. Dale will be joining us for several days of the trip and will also be offering a reduced-rate surfing instruction on the last day.

The Paddling

 

The paddling days will alternate between exploring the calmer creeks and salt marshes on the one hand, and the ocean environment and barrier islands on the other. All the barrier island trips are tidal dependent (since there is a 7 – 8 ft tidal range) and we will get rocketed from the put in to the destination. More specifically, we will:

 

  • Head out to Little Tybee Island to explore its’ pristine beaches and do some surfing (if you want), and then head back riding the tide through the serpentine Jack’s Cut;

 

  • Explore Ebenezer Creek, with its’ huge, ancient, bald cypress and virgin tupelo (sour gum) trees; interesting colonial and Civil War history, and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (with gators). Kathryn describes this place as “magical; Zen”.

 

  • Visit Ossabaw and Wassaw barrier islands. You can only get to Ossabaw by boat. It has 13 miles of undeveloped beaches and is home to nesting loggerhead turtles and the endangered wood stork.  Wassaw is a National Wildlife Refuge and has a seven-mile long pristine beach. There will be surfing opportunities on one or the other for those who are interested.

 

  • Do an evening moonlight paddle on the Moon River, passing through a huge “cave” formed by dozens of huge live oaks, and passing through the Wormsloe State Historic site.

 

  • On the last day (Sat)., those who want to can take a half-day surfing lesson with Dale Williams at Tybee. He can handle up to five people. There is an extra cost of just $75 for this “add-on”.

 

Other Activities

 

There is so much to do in this area, we should make the trip two weeks instead of one! In addition to exploring the dynamic city of Savannah, there are loads of cultural and historical sites to visit. One of the major attractions is the Moon River District, which includes the Wormsloe Plantation, the University of Georgia aquarium, and the Pin Point Museum, which details the history of the Gullah- Geechee community of fishing and oystering watermen. In addition, the Isle of Hope Historic District is part of the National Register of Historic places. It is a waterfront community with spectacular antebellum homes and mansions that the 19th century merchants of Savannah built to escape the summer heat.

 

Food

 

Savannah is loaded with restaurants, including family-style places and plenty of seafood eateries. In addition, Kathryn has identified a bunch of places in Isle of Hope: “For breakfast, Loc’s Chicken and Waffles is good with excellent coffee. For lunch or dinner, our current favorite is Castaway’s - great blackened redfish, fish salads, shrimp tacos and other seafood, outdoor seating. Driftaway Cafe is similar and good, Sandfly BBQ, Tequilla Town, Jalapeños, Your Pie (pizza) are all fine. Rocky’s Deli near Tequilla Town has excellent sandwiches.”

 

Housing

 

I will be getting a house on Tybee Island that will hold 6 – 8 people. If enough people want to stay in a house, I’ll get another one. There are plenty of motels in Savannah and Tybee if people feel more comfortable having their own room and not dealing with others in common areas.

Pacific Baja –  Rock and Ledges 

Dates: Nov 7 - 15
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)


This trip is uncertain as of July 2020, since we don’t know what restrictions might be in place by next November, especially with respect to flying. We will make a decision about this trip in mid-September

 

Join us for a week-long trip that will feature rock gardening in one of the most spectacular setting s around.  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.

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Cross Currents Sea Kayaking

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Baltimore, MD 21228

Phone: 410.788.1241

Email: CrossCurrentsSeaKayaking@gmail.com

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