We want you to be the best paddler you can be, but have fun getting there. We offer coaching and mentoring, from core concepts on flat water to advanced skills in challenging conditions. We emphasize safety and rescue, skill building, and a solid foundation.
We are also the SKUK Nigel Dennis NDK Sea Kayak representative serving the metro Washington DC area. We are based in Accokeek, MD. Our location affords us easy access to nearby launches for demos & lessons. We offer new and used sea kayak sales, minor repairs, & detailing. We also run group and private lessons, as well as small private kayak tours in the WDC area.
WHY I DO THIS
Owner, Kayak Instructor and Guide
I want peers, and it seems to me the best way to achieve that is to grow them right here at home.
I am always pursuing continuing education credits for myself. I am deep into British Canoe training right now, acquiring some 100 hours of training in the last 14 months. I have also acquired an additional 80 hours of ACA continuing ed in those same 14 months.
With the American Canoe Association I hold an Instructor Trainer in Coastal Kayak (Level 3) certification. I also hold an ACA Open Water Instructor (Level 4) cert. In river I hold an Essential of River Kayaking (Level 2) Instructor cert.
I have received both Safe Guarding (BC) and Safe Sport training (ACA) to help me understand, evaluate, and protect minors in coaching situations. I carry the current Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.
Check out my Instagram @justapaddler, or @oonamadethis, to find out what I've been up to.
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ROB SAN LUIS
Instructor & Guide
Rob San Luis joined the CCK team in 2017. He injects a warm, enthusiastic element into everything he does, including paddling. Rob has many years of experience as a fitness trainer. He received his ACA River Level 2 Instructor Certification, as well as his Level 2 Safety and Rescue Certification in May, 2018. Rob is a gifted rolling coach, capable of both Greenland and Euro blade-style roll coaching. Rob enjoys surfing long boats, paddle boarding, and paddling whitewater most of all. Rob is the foundation that supports the CCK organization, saying “that way I get to play with ALL the toys!”
Dawn "Sandy Bottom" Stewart
CCK Shop Pro & Instructor
Born and raised in Hawaii, Dawn has salt in her blood. Sea kayaking for over 25 years, she is an ACA L4 Open Water Instructor, BCU 4* trip leader, and has put in many years on the Board of the Carolina Kayak Club as their Training Chair. Her passion is ocean kayak expeditions, and she’s been known to do some multi-day/week kayaking adventure races under the pseudonym SandyBottom. Not sure which part she loves most, paddling or camping, Dawn says “nothing seems more fun than traveling the oceans in a kayak”. Now retired from her day job, she’s doing just that. Proficient in both Greenland and Euro style paddling, Dawn loves playing in surf, has taken up rock gardening, and has a specific interest in working with students to overcome fears and gain confidence in open water conditions.
ALEX "SASHA" DEAN
Instructor and Guide
Alex is originally from Los Angeles where he learned the discipline required to master any skill-set by
becoming a concert-level violinist. He has always considered it his ‘craft’ and felt many hours of daily
practice helped him stay centered.
Since retiring in 2011 Alex has shifted focus to sea kayaking. This
natural transition has replaced the violin with a boat and the bow with a paddle, but he feels it is his life-
long love of the ocean and a deep desire to for challenge that brought him to the sport.
His mentorship and friendship with Randi and Rob inspired him to take his paddling to the next level.
Now a level 3 ACA Instructor, he dedicates most of his spare time to teaching and paddling the east
coastline from Maine to Florida. Alex always looks forward to helping anyone with a desire to become a
better paddler, but when you see him on the water, call him Sasha!