The Kids in Kayaks program provides Baltimore City Public Schools eighth-grade students a unique opportunity to learn a new skill (kayaking) while simultaneously learning about the history of their city and the Chesapeake environment. Students learn the basics of kayaking at the Baltimore Rowing Club along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco and are led on an exploration of the river and the small tributaries nearby. Learning stations at the rowing club let students learn more about Baltimore’s history (including the explorations of Captain John Smith in the 17th century and the 1814 Battle of Baltimore) and the flora and fauna that call the Chesapeake Bay home.
SKILLS: Volunteers are required to have attended a Water Safety Training/Train-The-Trainer training to become comfortable and well-versed in our curriculum. ACA certifications or equivalent are a plus. Has experience paddling in open water, trained in teaching safe paddling skills for new participants. Program preparation cleaning, preparing canoes/ kayak gear, ability to lift 50-80 Ibs. Extensive knowledge about canoeing or kayaking, strokes, parts of the boat is also a plus.
COMMITMENT: Trips are usually held weekly from April - June. Trips are usually held 1-3 times a week; volunteers are asked to commit to assisting at least 6 trips a season (with the supervision of staff).
- Outdoor Recreation
- Water Recreation
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- 6 trips a season