Chesapeake Paddlers Association to hold sea kayaking workshop

The Chesapeake Paddlers Association, a nonprofit organization with more than 650 members and run strictly by volunteers, will hold Sea Kayaking 101, a class to teach the basics of the sport, March 10 in West River.

The seven-hour workshop, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at the West River Center (5100 Chalk Point Road) will include experienced sea kayakers talking about how to get started in the fast-growing sport in terms of kayaks, paddles and other equipment. There will also be discussions about where to paddle, how to find fellow paddlers and the history of the sport.

According to Suzanne Farache, a club member who is organizing the event, the workshop in West River is a precursor to Sea Kayaking 102, a skills class that will be held in April in Lake Anna, Va. The first class is open to the public at a charge of $25, with a light breakfast and lunch included. The skills class is for members only.

Farache said sea kayaking is done mainly on lakes and other wide bodies of water, such as the Chesapeake, and differs from white-water kayaking both in the boats that are used and the bodies of water traveled. Sea kayaks are longer and wider than white-water kayaks, which are used mostly on fast-moving, more narrow rivers that typically have rapids.

Advance registration is required; no walk-ins will be allowed. For more information, go to

The registration deadline is March 2.

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