01/10 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.
YMCA Midlothian, 737 Coalfield Road
Sundays, 8:30-11 a.m.       $40 ($45 w/rental)
Jan. 10                     Course 30213 
Feb·7                        Course 30745
March 6                    Course 30746
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

03/18 ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification

ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification
Enrollment in this course is for the highly experienced and skilled whitewater paddler (Instructor level) who is interested in gaining instructor credentials and improving their high-end skills. Minimum age 18.
March 18, 19, 20 and May 14-15        $425       Course 30751
Contact Greg Velzy for specifics, 804-748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/03 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 safety techniques 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.
YMCA Midlothian, 737 Coalfield Road
Sunday, April 3, 8:30-11 a.m.    $45     Course 30726
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/24 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 flatwater 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. Youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Sunday, April 24,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 30734
Saturday, May 14,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)    Course 30735
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/28 50+ Kayak Sampler

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, 513 Coxendale Road
Thursday, April 28,   6-8:30 p.m.      $35 ($40 with rental)      Course 30727
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/30 Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S U P)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S.U.P): Instruction and Tours
Black Dog Paddle has the longest certified ACA SUP instructors in Central Virginia, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance, and include a short ECO-tour. All essential gear is provided: SUP board, paddle, PFD and leash. Maximum weight limit is 235 lbs. due to equipment stability. Minimum age is 11. A participating adult must accompany youth age 11-13.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Saturday, April 30, 1:30-5 p.m.  $76    Course 30741
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/30 Whitewater 201 Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater 201 – Beginner Whitewater Kayaking
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, 513 Coxendale Road
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday and Sunday,    9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $140
April 30-May 1          Course 30729
June 4-5                  Course 30730
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/01 50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)
Black Dog Paddle has the longest certified ACA SUP instructors in Central Virginia, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance, and include a short ECO-tour. All essential gear is provided, SUP board, paddle, PFD and leash. Maximum weight limit is 235 lbs. due to equipment stability. Minimum age is 50.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Sunday, May 1,  1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.  $76      Course 30740
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/07 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 downrrver 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 7, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.       $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 30731
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/11 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       $25
May 11            Course 30732
May 25            Course 30733
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/18 50+ Kayak Sampler – Full Moon

50+ Kayak Sampler – FULL MOON!
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, and get the bonus of FULL MOON paddling! Certified Instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit- on-top and tourinq kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 Ibs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Wednesday, May 18, 6-9 p.m.  $40 ($45 with rental)     Course 30750
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/31 Learning to Sail

Learning to Sail
This course provides an evening of classroom instruction, then a full day piloting a sloop on the Chesapeake Bay. Topics covered include: boat rigging, basic knot tying, maneuvering under sail and power, and basic piloting. You will not just be told how to do these, you will get to do them! The purpose of this class is to raise your skill and confidence level so that, if you wish, you can one day pilot your own boat. No previous experience is needed. Swimming ability is required. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the marina (directions provided). Minimum age is 18.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Classroom session: Tuesday, May 31,   7-9:00 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. near Urbanna      $90       Course 30739
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

07/05 Stand up Paddleboarding Kids Paddle Camp

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Kids Paddle Camp
Black Dog Paddle is extremely excited about expanding its Kid’s Stand Up Paddleboarding Day Camp to three days! This camp is designed for beginners and beyond. Learn the fundamental skills, improve on existing skills and grow advanced skills. Proper technique, advanced moves and endurance will be focused on while swimming and having a blast on the water! Campers should pack a lunch, bring water and sunscreen. All participants will be required to wear footwear and a provided PFD. Ages 12 and older.
Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd.
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  $249
July 5-7  (Tues. – Thurs.)      Course 30742
July 11-13 (Mon. – Wed.)      Course 30743
July 18-20 (Mon. – Wed.)      Course 30744
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.