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This is a Coastal Kayaking Day Trip Leader Training and Assessment course with Instructor Rick Wiebush on the Choptank River.

8/28/2015 to 8/30/2015
When: 8/28/2015
Where: Choptank River, Chesapeake Bay
Denton, Maryland 
United States
Contact: Rick Wiebush

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The course will be based at Martinak State Park near Denton, MD (about 45 minutes from Annapolis). It will run from Friday evening, August 28 to late Sunday afternoon, August 30. Most people will be camping at the (really nice) Martinak State Park campground, but there are also reasonably-priced motels nearby.

Successful completion of the course will enable participants to receive – if they so desire - formal trip leader certification by the American Canoe Association. Certification is an option; it is not a requirement for participation.
The course will be mostly water-based, but will also include some classroom components. Topics and skills to be covered include:

• Qualities of good trip leaders
• Trip preparation and planning, including identification of bail out points and contingency plans for bad weather
• Group on-water formations and communication (paddle signals, VHF radio use)
• Risk assessment and “sea sense”
• Incorporating tides and currents into trip planning
• Use of chart and compass for navigation
• Group and personal safety equipment, including signaling devices
• Review of basic paddling skills including rescues and towing
• Pre-launch group briefing
• Incident management scenarios (a lot of incident management!)
• Leadership principles and
• Much more!

Cost: $195

Contact Rick Wiebush at to register or for any questions.

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