Paddle Now! Special Events : Indoor Pool Sessions

During the winter season, the CPA enjoys access to indoor pool sessions around the Maryland, Virgina, and Washington D.C. area to practice and learn new skills. These are open sessions, not lessons, however quite often you can find a friendly CPA member who is willing to spot and give advice. Members are responsible for bringing their own boat and gear.

Important: Visit the Forums( CPA Discussion Board ) for specific pool discussions, available open dates, updates or to coordinate rolling practice with other paddlers.



Mike teaching Julie to roll at an indoor pool session, Maryland.
(Photo courtesy of DJ Manalo)
Catriona teaching a UMD student how to roll at a pool session, Maryland.
(Photo courtesy of DJ Manalo)

 

Various pool facilities may be available for kayaks to join on various days of the week. Some of the pool sessions are organized by CPA Members, and some are organized by other groups. Here is a list of the known facilities in the area which are hosted for sea kayaks and any contact information for these sessions. If you know of another facility open to sea kayaks, contact the webmaster to have it listed here, or post to the CPA Pool Forums.

Various Pool Sessions that occur in the Chesapeake Bay area:

Fairlands Sports and aquatics Complex

Location: Fairland Aquatics Center
13820 Old Gunpowder Rd
Laurel, MD 20707

Dates:

  • Nov 29, 2014
  • Dec 27, 2014
  • Jan 3, 2015
  • Feb 7, 21, & 28, 2015   (Tentative, may change at a later date)
  • March 7, 14, & 21, 2015
  • April 4, 2015

Hours:

  • Session I: 4:00 to 5:50
  • Session II: 5:50 to 7:45 pm.

How to Register: Please register at Eventbrite:

Questions: Contact Paul Diggins at pool_sessions@cpakayaker.com if you have any questions about the use of the facilities.

Recommended: If there is any questionable winter weather, confirm the pool is open (FAC: 301-362-6060).

Please note: Fairlands is now using the center pool for a giant inflatable slide on the weekends, we will be utilizing the shallow pool as usual on one end and the deep water pool on the other end.

Fee: $7 per person. Pay at Facilities cashier by going up the stairs to the left of the pool-level restrooms. Cashier should be at the desk at the top of the stairs.

Required: BOATS MUST BE TOTALLY CLEAN. Boats and gear must be clear of leaves, mud, grass, etc. There is a hose by the door at pool-level for those who need to use it and a fellow kayaker might have a sponge if you need one.

Directions: Take your best route to I-95 between Baltimore and Washington. Exit at MD-198 West. Turn left at 2nd light, Old Gunpowder Road. The pool will be about a half mile down on the right. Use the lower entrance to the southern side of the building entrance. Parking is available near to this entrance.

Back to Top

 

RF Wilkinson YMCA in Williamsburg, VA

Location: RF Wilkinson YMCA
301 Sentara Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Days and times:

  • Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 - 15:30-17:30
  • Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 - 15:30-17:30
  • To be announced.

Fee: $20 per kayak at pool / $15 in advance.

There is a limit of 6 kayaks per session.

Questions: Contact to sign up and if you have any questions about the use of the facilities.

Reservations:

  1. Reservations MUST be made in advance to use these pool session. Seats are very limited. Contact as soon as you believe you want to attend ANY of the sessions.
  2. It is first come, first served.
  3. Payments must be made in advance by mailing a check for $20.00. Once the check is received you will be locked into the session. If you end up on a waiting list for any date(s), you don’t have to pay until we know you will be getting a slot and I will collect the fee at the session, if necessary.
  4. There are no refunds except if the Y is closed or the session has to be cancelled for any other reason. As long as there are at least three paid in advance attendees the session will not be cancelled.
  5. Before getting into the water a YMCA and CPA Waiver has to be completed and given to me. A copy of the waivers and the YMCA contract will be e-mailed to each participant so they can be read and the forms completed before you arrive. Your cooperation will be appreciated and a great help for me to efficiently use our pool time.

Required: BOATS MUST BE TOTALLY CLEAN. Boats and gear must be clear of leaves, mud, grass, etc.

Back to Top

Lee District ReCenter

Location: Lee District ReCenter
6601 Telegraph Rd
Franconia, VA 22301

Days and times: To be announced at the end of November.

Fee: Fairfax County requires enrollment prior to the start of the sessions. Enrollment is provided online or via phone to Fairfax County ParkTakes. Sessions are paid for in monthly groups. The Jan and Feb usually fill up early.

Questions: Check out the online ParkTakes site at Fairfax County ParkTakes. Select BOATING from Category, and enter ROLLING into Keywords. Note that there are sessions with or without boat rental. Boat rentals are WW boats and include coaching by an instructor.

Reservations: Reservations MUST be made in advance to use these pool session. See above. Although members have been able to fill in for those who have already paid but cannot make a session. Use the forums to discuss amongst yourselves.

Required: BOATS MUST BE TOTALLY CLEAN. Boats and gear must be clear of leaves, mud, grass, etc. There is a hose inside the door for use in cleaning your boats.

Recommended: If there is any questionable winter weather, confirm the pool is open by visiting the site link listed above.

See some of the people who practice at the
Fairfax County Lee ReCenter sessions during 2011
Fairfax County Pool 2011

Back to Top

PPS at Audrey Moore

Location: Audrey Moore Rec Center at Wakefield Park
8100 Braddock Road,
Annandale, VA 22003

Questions: Contact Potomac Paddle Sports for more information.

Reservations: Reservations MUST be made in advance to use these pool session.

Required: BOATS MUST BE TOTALLY CLEAN. Boats and gear must be clear of leaves, mud, grass, etc.

Back to Top

 

PRO at Chinqaupin Rec Center

Location: Chinqaupin Rec Center
3210 King Street Alexandria VA 22302

Dates and More information are available here and on the Potomac River Outfitters website

Please note that these pool sessions are suitable for whitewater kayaks and not sea kayaks. Whitewater kayaks are available for use to those taking lessons and whitewater rentals are available for those who wish to practice on their own.

Questions: Contact Potomac River Outfitters – Nathan Nahikian  (703 338 9790) nathan@potomacriveroutfitters.com

Reservations: Reservations MUST be made in advance to use these pool session.

Required: BOATS MUST BE TOTALLY CLEAN. Boats and gear must be clear of leaves, mud, grass, etc.

Back to Top

 


Login© 2004-2014 Chesapeake Paddlers Association
Logo designs by Barb Foley • Site by dab Web Sites Using CMS Made Simple