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

04/14 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.     $45
April 14       Course 30718
May 19        Course 30719
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/14 Rock Climbing: After-Work Climb Time

Rock Climbing: After-Work Climb Time

This course is for climbers who have previous climbing experience
and want to practice their technique. Equipment will be provided,
and ropes will be set. Instructors will be onsite to supervise, give
pointers and help belay, but there will be no formal instruction.
Minimum age is 13.

James River Park System, Manchester Wall             $15
Tuesday, April 14, 6-8:30 p.m.                                   Course 29481
Tuesday, May 20, 6-8:30 p.m.                                    Course 29482
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124

04/16 Recreational Tree Climbing

Recreational Tree Climbing
Join the professional arborists from Riverside Outfitters as they take you to new heiqhts! For young and old alike, if you ever enjoyed climbing in trees, here’s your chance to really go up. Using specialized tree-climbing equipment, the staff of Riverside Outfitters will assist as you ascend into the canopies of trees. For ages 8 and older. Youth 8 – 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday, April 16, 1-3 p.m.  $19        Course 30736
Sunday, April 24, 1-3 p.m.    $19        Course 30737
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/17 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top Kayak Trip

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” Kayaking – River Trip
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids stretch 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, April 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 30728
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

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

05/02 Sit-on-Top Kayaking: River Trip

“Sit-on-Top” Kayaking, River Trip

No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids stretch of the James River, from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek in Richmond, on “user friendly” Sit-on-Top kayaks. The instructors will teach all the skills required to navigate this stretch safely and in control while showing you the best routes and play spots!  Swimming ability is required. All equipment is provided. 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.   It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday, May 2,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.     $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 29472
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124

05/02 Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting
Experience Riverside Outfitter’s Lower James River Rafting trip on Richmond’s award-winning white water! The excursion will beqin 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 7, 1:30-4 p.m.     $60        Course 30747
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

05/19 Whitewater Full Moon Paddle

Whitewater Full Moon Paddle
Join us on this evening whitewater kayak trip down the James River, using either sit-on-top or whitewater kayaks, as the nearly full moon rises in front of us! Previous river paddling experience is required. Minimum age is 15. swimming ability is required. Completion of a two-day, Beginner Whitewater Kayak class is required if using a whitewater kayak.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Thursday, May 19, 6 – 10 p.m.    $40 ($45 w/rental)         Course 30753
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

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.