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

 

 

06/18 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. These one-week camps are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. This adventure-based program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness, and respect for others. Students must be able to pass a swim test of swimming 50 feet unaided, provide their own lifejacket, and lunch for day, and have an adventuresome spirit! High school students can earn PE credits in Chesterfield County for this course (please ask your school’s PE department for details if interested).

Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.        $365

Details: GRSA Sail Camp Director, Kate Gomes: saiicamp@grsa.org or check out our website at www.grsa.org

Level I:

No experience required! Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, and learn how to sail. Sailors will learn how to rig sailboats, parts of a sailboat, sail trim, safety, how to read the wind, and steering. 8-12 year olds will have the opportunity to be the captain of their own boat while sailing Optimist dinghies, while 13-16 year olds will be paired up to jointly operate our Collegiate 420 sailboats.

8-12 year olds:
June 18-22          Course 33128
June 25-29          Course 33129
July 16-20           Course 33130
July 23-27           Course 33131

13-17 year olds:
June 18-22           Course 33132
July 16-20            Course 33133
July 30- Aug. 3     Course 33140

Level II:

Build on your experiences from Level I Camp! Learn intermediate/advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. In the 8-12 year old class, students will continue to expand their knowledge on sailing Opti’s and learn more advanced sailing techniques. They will also experience a long distance sail across Swift Creek Reservoir. In the 13-17 year old class students will be introduced to flying a spinnakers and the basic of racing. This class will still utilize our Collegiate 420’s.

8-12 year olds:
July 9-13              Course 33134
July 30-Aug. 3      Course 33135
13-17 year olds:
June 25-29           Course 33136

Level III:

Only offered for 13-16 year olds – must have completed at least two GRSA Sail Camps within the last three years. This class will take all the fundamentals learned over Level l and Level II and put them to work learning the ropes of sailing a Flying Scot. Students will be moved from our Collegiate 420’s which are 13’9″ into the larger Flying Scot, 19′! This class will challenge the adventurer in all of our students by exploring a larger boat and learning more race tactics!

13-16 year old:
July 9-13           Course 33116
July 23-27         Course 33117

06/25 Middle School Rowing Camps

Middle School Rowing Camps

River City Crew, a non-profit youth rowing program, will be holding sculling camps for younger children this summer in conjunction with our HS Learn-to-Row camps. These one-week camps are designed for beginners and will be held at Robious Landing Park, Monday thru Friday. New MS rowers will learn sculling technique in small, one person boats. Campers will both row and participate in on-land activities. Each session will have a maximum of 16 campers with no more than 8 rowers on the water at any one time. An additional session may be added if required. There will be both on-water and land supervision. All rowers will wear a USCG approved PFD while on the water but swimming ability is required. Rowers should wear casual clothing that can get wet, running-type shoes with socks, caps, sun glasses, bring a water bottle, and wear sunscreen. Snacks and drinks will be provided for participants for breaks. Camps are for rising 6th- and 7th-grade students.

Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  $225
June 25-29      Course 33342
July 23-27       Course 33343
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.