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Upcoming Events

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  • 12.03.22 – 12.11.22

    West Bend, WI, USA

    Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course
  • 12.04.22 – 03.12.23

    669 South Union Street, Wilmington, DE, USA

    Pool Sessions
  • 12.08.22 – 12.12.22

    Tampa, FL, USA

    Level 3: Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)
  • 12.17.22 – 12.17.22

    Kensington, MD, USA

    Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking Skills Assessment
  • 12.17.22 – 12.18.22

    Wickes, AR, USA

    Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Update
  • 01.01.23 – 01.01.23

    Saluda, NC, USA

    Hair of the Dog
  • 01.04.23 – 01.04.23

    Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

    Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Trip Leader Skills Course
  • 01.05.23 – 01.05.23

    Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

    Level 3: Coastal Kayaking Skills Assessment

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