01/07 Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinic

Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinics
Learn and practice kayak rolling during the off-season! Qualified instructors will teach and review rolls in a manner appropriate for beginner or experienced kayakers. Kayaks and equipment are available. Personal kayaks need to be cleaned before use in the pool. Minimum age is 13. Previous kayaking experience is required.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sundays, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m      $50 ($55 w/rental)
Jan. 7                     Course 32891
Feb. 4                     Course 33339
Feb 25                    Course 33340
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

03/25 Kayak Sampler

Kayak Sampler – Indoor Pool
Here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Certified instructors will teach the basic techniques and safety in the warmth and comfort of an indoor swimming pool. Sit-on-top, whitewater, and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11. Youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sunday, March 25, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.    $55     Course 33323
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/22 Kayaking 101-Introduction to Calm Water Paddling

Kayaking 101 – Introduction to Calm Water Paddling
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! This class is designed for the person who wants to learn the basics of flat-water kayaking. The class covers entries, exits, strokes, safety, and the equipment needed to start kayakinq. An optional tour of the Dutch Gap Conservation Area is included. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11 and youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Sunday, April 22,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 33329
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

04/28 Kayaking 201- Beginner Whitewater

Kayaking 201 – Beginner Whitewater
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle whitewater the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! Spend Day 1 on flat water learning technique, safety, and control in true whitewater kayaks. Day 2 is a whitewater river trip to introduce river reading and running, and refine skills. Swimming ability required. Minimum age is 13. All equipment provided. Max weight 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday and Sunday,    9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $140
April 28-29          Course 33332
May 12-13           Course 33333
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

05/05 Whitewater Kayaking: Intermediate Skills Trip

Whitewater Kayaking: Intermediate Skills Trip
Chesterfield County’s professional whitewater instructors will teach higher level techniques and practice drills during this downriver trip/clinic. This is geared towards the strong intermediate level paddler. Completion of a previous whitewater kayak class is required. Minimum age 13.
James River Park System, Reedy Creek
Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.       $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 33326
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

05/09 Whitewater Kayak Playdays

Whitewater Kayak Play Days
This after-work, informal instructional time is for newer whitewater kayakers (especially those without a boat) to get time on the water. Instructors will be present to answer questions and give pointers. Sessions will stay at Pony Pasture Rapids with no down-river runs. Completion of a previous Whitewater Kayak class is required. All equipment is provided. Minimum age is 13.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m       $29
May 9            Course 33327
May 23          Course 33328
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

 

06/20 Sail Camps

Sail Camps
The Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Swift Creek Reservoir offers the chance to enter the exciting sport of sailing. Future sailors age 8-17 can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. This one week camp is taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. The program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others. Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailinq Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian. Bring your own lunch except for Pirate Day which includes a pizza lunch, pirate costumes, and other pirate activities. You can also earn high school PE credits In Chesterfield County. Prerequisites: Mandatory 1 hour introductory meeting and swim test Sunday prior to each session. Must be able to swim 150 feet unaided.
Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Woolridge Road
Monday-Friday       8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.        $350
Level I:
No experience required! Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, and learn how to sail. Sailors will learn to rig sailboats, Identify parts of a sailboat, trim sails, practice safety, read the wind, and steer the boat. Students will work together to rig, operate and stow Single-handed Optimist Dinghies and double-handed Collegiate 420 sailboats based on their age, weight and experience.
8-12 year olds: (single-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30664
July 11-15            Course 30665
13-17 year olds (double-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30669
July 11-15            Course 30666

Level II:
Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, learn intermediate/ advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. Build a device to measure the wind, make a boat, and experiment with simple machines on boats.
8-12 year olds: (Single-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30667
July 18-22            Course 30668
13-17 year olds: (double-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30670
July 18-22            Course 30671
Details: Frequently Asked Questions available at grsa.org or email the Sail Camp Director: sailcamp@grsa.org