On-Water Master Classes

Master classes offer the opportunity for festival participants to work with expert instructors in their respective fields of paddling, from beginner levels to advanced paddling classes. Most classes cater to the paddler who is ready to move beyond the basics, but prerequisites and previous experience are required for a select few. Each master class requires preregistration and also registration for the full-weekend package.
Register online or call 843-795-4386.
  1. Friday, April 21
  2. Saturday, April 22
  3. Sunday, April 23

Friday, April 21

Rough Water Turns & Support

8:30-11:45 a.m.
Instructors: Nigel Foster & Wayne Horodowich
Register for Course # 50480

When the wind picks up and the water gets rough, getting support from your paddle becomes a necessity. In addition, wind makes it harder to turn your kayak. This class will explore how to get the most leverage and support from your paddle to make powerful turns on windy days with extra support. This course is intended for intermediate and up paddlers. 


Tripping by SUP & Group Management

8:30-11:45 a.m.
Instructors: TJ Turner & Chris Stec
Register for Course # 50478

Paddle in the Charleston Harbor as you learn the key points of group management and what it means to be a leader on a SUP trip. You will cover the natural environment, necessary gear, and trip preparation. You will learn about various methods for group management, discuss utilizing proper judgment, and get out on the water and paddle with great people! This course is intended for intermediate and up paddlers.

Practical Navigation

8:30-11:45 a.m.
Instructors: Russell Farrow & Roger Schumann
Register for Course # 50479

Use chart information, navigation rules, and the interpretation of environmental factors such as tide and wind while on the water. Learn and apply 'rules of the road,' VHF radio communication, and compass skills to operate safely in dynamic environments like Charleston Harbor. Evaluate and manage the influences of wind and current/tides, practice triangulation, and use ranges and bearings.

Into the Surf Zone

8:30-11:45 a.m.
Instructors: Todd Wright & Christopher Lockyer
Register for Course # 50481

Learn the ins and outs of going in and out! Discover strategies for launching and landing which include group communication, managing risks, and what to do when problems arise. While operating in the surf zone, review the use of edging, blade awareness, and body positioning to build your confidence in this exhilarating environment. This course is intended for intermediate and up paddlers.

Surf Ski Paddling Clinic

8:30-11:45 a.m.
Instructors: Kenny Howell & Ben Lawry
Register for Course # 50482

Spend some time learning from one of the hottest open ocean racers in the world today. This course is for paddlers of all skill levels on the beach and in the water. This is not just for elite level racers but will be taught by one! Topics include forward stroke technique, equipment, trip planning, safety, evaluating conditions, specific surf ski skill, downwind skills, and much more. Discuss invaluable training and technique exercises for the racer and the casual paddler alike. Sea kayak and surf skis are welcomed. Epic Kayaks will be providing a limited number of surf skis for this course. If interested, contact John Radel at (843) 762-8095 or jradel@ccprc.com. This course is intended for intermediate and up paddlers.

Learning the Ropes & Harpooning

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Instructor: Dubside
Register for Course # 50483

Try your hand at some non-paddling traditional Greenland skills! Learn the nuances and benefits of rope gymnastics. Rope exercises are challenging in their own right, yet also relate to the coordination and flexibility of righting a kayak - without having to hold your breath! Then explore the original purpose of kayaking - hunting (seal hunters in Greenland used a harpoon thrown with a special throwing board). Try these ancient techniques and you will gain new respect for the ingenuity and dedication of Arctic peoples! This course is intended for intermediate and up paddlers.

Solo Canoeing for Intermediate & Advanced Paddlers

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Chris Stec & Scott MacGregor
Register for Course # 50484

As the legendary canoeist Bob Foote would say, it's about 'the journey, not the destination.' Focus on improving the efficiency of your forward stroke and how to make turning look and feel effortless. In addition, we'll even attempt of few new strokes like the Axel, Post, Christie, and Gimble, and dabble with strokes and techniques for running, not walking, whitewater rivers. Must have some previous canoeing experience. This course is intended for intermediate and up paddlers.

SUP Refinement & Next Steps

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Instructors: TJ Turner & Todd Bishop
Register for Course # 50485

Learn how to take your SUP experience to the next level. If you have already had some basic formal instruction but are looking for the best way to progress your skill set, look no further. Explore the next level of fun and challenges as you learn more about your board, yourself, and your equipment!

Discovery Learning

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Nigel Foster & Roger Schumann
Register for  Course # 50486

Learn how your kayak works in this guided discovery class. Through experimentation and feedback, you'll learn why your kayak behaves the way it does, as well as how you can use your body position and paddle to make it behave the way you want it to. Edging, paddle strokes, and body position are the primary focus. The instructor's creative guidance and your own discoveries will enlighten you!

Rescues Toolbox

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Michael Gray & Wayne Horodowich
Register for Course # 50487

Learn a handful of simple, solid rescue tools to keep yourself and fellow paddlers having fun and out of the newspapers. Practice a handful of real world skills including paddle float re-enter and roll (even if you don't know how to roll!), an easy scoop, variations on t-rescues, rec. boat recoveries, and a variety of simple contact and roped tow techniques. We'll share experiences and skills learned by all group members. Participants should have done wet exits before and should come dressed for immersion with boat, paddle, pump, paddle float, and any other rescue devices they have on hand.

MAYDAY! Sea Kayak Rescues at Sea

1-4 p.m.
Instructors: Christopher Lockyer & Russell Farrow
Register for Course # 50488

The end goal of any paddling enthusiast is to make a waterway their own personal paddling playground. Of course, those playgrounds can get a bit dodgy. When things go wrong, having the proper knowledge and skill for the situation can be all the difference. Learn a variety of rescues that every sea kayaker should know and will work in all conditions. This course is intended for intermediate and up paddlers.

Is Tandem Canoeing Different in Different Countries?

3-5 p.m.
Instructors: Chris Stec & Scott MacGregor
Register for Course # 50489

Join Rapid Media founder and whitewater canoe guru Scott MacGregor (Canadian) and ACA Chief Operating Officer and Whitewater Canoe Instructor Trainer Educator Chris Stec (American) to see if both can paddle in the same canoe effectively. This course will provide differing yet hopefully sometimes similar viewpoints on how to efficiently work together in a tandem canoe. This course is open to all skill levels, provided you have an open mind and are willing to switch positions in bow and stern, eh?

SUPerior Forward Stroke

3-5 p.m.
Register for Course # 50490
Instructor: TJ Turner
Is your forward stroke leading you astray? For those looking for a competitive edge or those having more frustration than fun trying to get where they're going, this class is sure get you stoked on the forward stroke! Join our expert SUP paddlers for insight on making your forward stroke more effective and energy efficient. No matter your purpose, if you're SUPing, this is a stroke you need to perfect!

Fun - Balance - Games

3-5 p.m.
Instructors: Helen Wilson & Roger Schumann
Register for Course # 50491

Learn boat control while developing a stronger relationship between the body, kayak, and water. We'll play with rescues, balance control, and games. This is a fun class with emphasis on laughter and water play. Students will learn to think outside the box while developing necessary balance and bracing skills. Scenarios will be given to which we will find solutions as a group. This is an excellent class for those hoping to develop confidence in the water while working on skills in a playful way.

Forward Stroke Efficiency

3-5 p.m.
Instructors: Kenny Howell & Ben Lawry
Register for Course # 50492

This class is for the kayaker wanting to take it up a notch. Learn how the pros make it look so easy! Break down basic and complex skills with top tips on how to make them more efficient. Topics include sitting position, body mechanics and posture, grip position, stroke length, and the path of the paddle. This class will cover techniques for both standard touring paddles and wing paddles.