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Chesapeake Paddlers Association, Inc.

CPA is an entirely volunteer-run, 700+ member, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people learn more about and safely enjoy sea kayaking in the greater Chesapeake Bay region.
The mission of the CPA is to promote safe sea kayaking and safe paddling practices through the education of the local sea kayaking community and the interested public. Club activities consistent with this mission may include, but are not limited to, instructional kayak trips, instructional camping trips, instructional workshops, and any other activities consistent with this mission that members of the club wish to organize.


CPA's activities include:

  • Kayak Safety Skills Sessons. CPA offers a large number of kayaking skills sessions to its members, including on topics such as strokes, wet exits, reentries, rescues, and rolling. There are opportunities to learn through formal workshops and informal practice with fellow CPA members, as well as at the local weekly evening paddles and during indoor pool sessions.


  • Weekday Evening Paddles. These are organized by geographic area, and each is known as a "Piracy." CPA currently has 10 such piracies all around the region. These include the Pirates of the Occoquan, Pirates of Baltimore, Pirates of Pier 7 (near Annapolis, MD), Pirates of Georgetown, Pirates of the Patuxent (Solomon's Island, MD), Pirates of the Potomac (Alexandria, VA), Pirates of Sugarloaf (Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co., MD), Pirates of the North (Havre de Grace, MD), Pirates of the Eastern Shore (Chestertown, MD), and Pirates of the James (Richmond, VA).

  • Weekend Day Trips and Camping Trips. CPA offers a wide variety of member-led sea kayaking trips for all skill levels. Club paddles range from day trips and paddle picnics to weekend kayaking camping trips.
  • Community Service: CPA provides kayak on-water support for charitable swim events and safety support for other on water activities.
  • Workships and Special Events:
  1. SK101 (introduces new and beginning paddlers to kayaks, paddles, other gear, safety, places to paddle, and ways to find paddling partners).
  2. SK102 (our award-winning weekend workshop offers on-the-water classes from basic and advanced rescues, stroke improvement, rolling, Greenland paddle techniquies, and performance/race paddling).
  3. SK203 (offers paddlers the opportunity to learn skills required to lead trips safely).
  4.   Gear Day (provides opportunities to try, swap, or buy gear from other members, as well as see displays of interest to kayakers).
  5. Greenland Paddle workshop (where members make their own paddles).
  6. Cold Water Clinic (emhasizes cold water safety).
  7. Paddle Clash and Survivor (offers paddlers to acquire skills through kayak games and rescue scenarios).
  8. Performance (race) paddles.

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