Frequently Asked Questions
CKC does not rent kayaks, nor rack space. We offer unlimited, seasonal access to paddling for one low price.
Kayaks are not reserved, except for monthly Paddle Pal group outings. Please check the website to make sure you do not take a kayak out from a location during a scheduled Paddle Pals. As per club rules, kayaks can only be used during daylight hours.
All CKC members must be at least 18 years old.
CKC is designed to make the water accessible to people with little to no kayaking experience. Some say that orientation training alone is worth the cost of membership.
If you can plan to kayak just once a month during the season, you will benefit from joining CKC.
Memberships are seasonal, typically from May to October depending on a consistent water temperature over 60 degrees.
Members must fill out an annual application, waiver, and submit payment prior to receiving member access codes.
You can pay the preferred way using a credit card, ApplePay, Google Pay, or through a Paypal account.
Checks are also accepted.
All members are required to complete orientation training provided by an ACA L3 certified instructor to demonstrate an understanding of club rules and safety procedures.
Many experienced kayakers have told us that they learned something new in the session and enjoyed the refresher.
This session is usually your first opportunity to get to know other CKC members and get to know the club.
You will be getting into and out of the kayak from the shore and practicing paddling techniques.
Wear synthetic clothing (not cotton) and bring a water-repellent jacket.
Training happens rain or shine.
You must submit your payment, a completed application, and a signed waiver each season.
Members do not receive access codes until the club officially opens around May 1st.
Generally, the season runs from May 1st through the end of October.
Exact opening and closing days are determined each year, based on sustained daytime water temperatures of at least 60 degrees.
To be able to paddle, all members must submit their payment, a completed application, and a signed waiver each season.
Yes. You will not receive access codes until you do so.
Early bird membership discounts are offered after season close (early November) until March 1st.
Always check the CKC website dock location pages and the marine weather forecast before going out.
No, but we offer an early bird discount that gets you $10 off if you pay between November-March 1st. Or, if you sign up without a discount after Labor day, your membership will include the next season.
Note: the club is open for members to go out on the water generally May through October, or when the water temperature is consistently about 60 degrees.
If you move away, we can usually refund the amount paid, minus fees (if applicable).
Note: Our ability to reverse a credit card transaction is limited by the Paypal retention.
If you become physically unable to complete the season, we can either transfer the membership to the following season, or give you a refund.
Non-resident Chesapeake Harbor members can only gain access to this location by signing up for a Paddle Pal group outing.
We determine whether training sessions are canceled based on the local weather at the training location; but this is rarely needed.
Training sessions can be modified to ensure safety and comfort. We do not go out on the water, if it is not safe. If you are still concerned about the weather conditions for your drive to/from the training location, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.