01/01 Individual and Group Canoe or Kayak Tours

Individual and Group Canoe/Kayak Tours

Enlist the naturalist for a nature tour to discover and explore the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. All trips include canoe and/or sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, personal flotation device, basic paddling instructions and guided tour. Tours can accommodate an individual, couples or groups up to 14 participants. For more information and to schedule a tour, call Mark Battista at 318-8735.

04/19 Bald Eagle Tours

Bald Eagle Tours
Join Capt. Mike Ostrander, with Discover the James – Bald Eagle Tours, on his 24-foot pontoon boat for this unique and spectacular experience on the James River. After boarding the boat watch the sun rise while seeing our national symbol up close and personal. Minimum age is 15. Space is limited, register early. Private charters are also available.
Deep Bottom Boat Landing, 9525 Deep Bottom Road
Thursday,  9:30-11:30 a.m.     $50
April 19       Course 33311
May 10        Course 33312
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov


04/21 Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir

Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir    

The Greater Richmond Sail Association will host Adult Learn to Sail weekends throughout 2018! No experience needed! This two-day course will teach the foundation of sailing skills: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, and rules of the road. The weekend is hands-on with more time spent on the water learning and practicing the skills, then in the classroom. Classes are filled based on a first served basis and each course is limited to 12 students. Boats (19′ Flying Scots) will be provided. Requirements include the ability to swim, a well-fitting Type III PFD (life jacket) and closed-toed shoes. Instruction will be provided by US Sailing certified instructors.

Please bring an adventurous spirit, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, towel, a water bottle, and sailing attire for 2 full days of fun on and in the water. The course will be conducted at GRSA marina with classroom instruction in the main pavilion and on the water.

Fee includes a personal copy of US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right, a completed Certification Record Book through US Sailing, course t-shirt, use of GRSA-owned boats, and two full days of instruction! Minimum age is 18.

Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        $175
April 21-22.      Course 33148
May 5-6            Course 33149                                                                                                      June 2-3           Course 33150
Details: sailcamp@grsa.org or visit our website at www.grsa.org


04/21 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use Sit-on-Top or Recreational kayaks for this exploratory journey on the first commercial canal system in the country that has been vacated for decades. The instructors cover all safety and history for this step back in time. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sat., April 21,   8:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m.   $35 ($40 w/rental)   Course 33322
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/26 50+ Kayak Sampler – Outside

50+ Kayak Sampler 
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Professional instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit-on-top and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Thursday, April 26, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)       Course 33324
Thursday, May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)        Course 33325                                                                                                         

Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/05 Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting
Experience Riverside Outfitter’s Lower James River Rafting trip on Richmond’s award-winning whitewater! The excursion will begin and end at the Riverside Outfitter’s shop in Stratford Hills… they’ll take care of the shuttling. You will put in near the Boulevard Bridge. Paddle into the biggest rapids the James River has to offer, right through the heart of downtown with a break for provided refreshments at Belle Isle. This is easily one of Richmond’s best adventures! Minimum age is 12.
Riverside Outfitters, 6836 Old Westham Road
Saturday, May 5, 1:30-4 p.m.     $60        Course 33341
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov



05/06 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top River Kayaking

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” River Kayaking
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids of the James River, from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek in Richmond on user-friendly “sit-on-top kayaks.” This is a great way to get a feeling for whitewater paddling without the rigors of being inside a true whitewater kayak. Swimming ability required. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Minimum age 11, Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations. It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Sunday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 33331
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov