Classes & Workshops

Watch the CPA MeetUp Calendar, Forums, and Meetup for more information on these special events.

SK101: An Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Jenny Welker-Plummer teaching students about kayak history. Photo courtesy of Catriona Miller.

A one-day seminar on the basics of sea kayaking. Topics include kayak and paddle design, how to choose boats and equipment, basics of safe paddling, dealing with cold water, how to find people to paddle with, where to paddle, and other topics of interest. There are boats and gear display, and knowledgeable people available to discuss different aspects of kayaking. Although this event is primarily for the newer paddler, everyone is invited to expand their paddling horizons.

More information about the March 2018 SK101

March 2018 SK101 Flyer

View pictures from 2012 SK101

You must preregister at

You cannot sign up through MeetUp!


SK102: Sea Kayaking Skills Clinic

Photo courtesy of Paula M. Hubbard

This annual event is geared towards the new paddler and includes free lessons in strokes, bracing, rescues, rolling, navigation and more. This event is held on a warm water lake courtesy of two club members who own the land graciously offered to be used by all participants.

See photos of 2013 SK102.

See photos of 2012 SK102.

See photos of 2011 SK102.

This event has been scheduled for April 27-29 2018.

Eventbrite - 18th Annual SK-102, CPA On-Water Kayak Skills Workshop Pre-registration *


Cold Water Workshop

Cold Water Clinic 2015 – CPA paddlers test their drysuits in cold water.

Acknowledged experts on cold water paddling and true-life adventurers discuss preparation and equipment, physiological dangers, relative costs of equipment, demo clothing, and protective gear, and more.

Moulton Avery describes the effects of cold water immersion. Photo Courtesy of Catriona Miller.



Moulton Avery
Founder and Director
National Center for Cold Water Safety

SK203: Trip Leader Training

Trip Leader Training, how to manage the unexpected. Photo Courtesy of Paula M. Hubbard

This course is designed for those who want to lead trips for CPA. Other members may attend if space is available.

Part 1 is a classroom that includes trip planning, tides and currents, weather, and navigation.  Part 2 is a weekend on the water training sessions including rescues, towing and incident management

Please stay tuned for 2017 SK203 information.

Greenland Paddle Making

…and we finish with tung oil, not “tongue” oil. Photo courtesy of Catriona Miller

Together we will carve Greenland paddles from Cedar. Excellent instruction provided and helping hands will be present.

Please stay tuned for 2017’s information.




Boat & Paddle Workshop

Photo courtesy of Catriona Miller

Need to freshen up your boat for spring? We have volunteers present to advise and help. Replace your decklines, foam it out to fit you, install keel-eazy?

Explore this event now.

See photos of 2012 Boat workday.

Please Stay Tuned for the 2017 Boat & Paddle Workshop.


Gear & Fall Out of Your Boat Day

Photo courtesy of Catriona Miller

A club open house where members demonstrate the uses of various kayaking gear and an opportunity to fall out of your boat and practice wet exits, self, and assisted rescues.

See photos of 2011 Gear/Fall out of your Boat Day.

Stay tuned for the 2017 dates.

Indoor Pool Sessions

Dubside demonstrating the balance brace Photo courtesy of Catriona Miller

During the winter season, the CPA enjoys access to indoor pool sessions within the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. area to practice and learn new skills. These are open sessions, not lessons. Members are responsible for bringing their own boat and gear.

For more information on pool sessions

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