Antietam Creek Canoe has added all new recreational solo and tandem Kayaks to the rental fleet for 2004... and will teach "ACA Quick Start" and "Introduction to Kayak"  on a tract with "coastal Kayaking" . They are taught on the flat water above  Devil's Backbone Dam. "ACA - Basic Coastal through Open Water Kayak" Is Taught through CkAPCO/ Mike Aronoff and  River Kayak instruction is referred to  Mike and Valerie Dudash in Washington County.

Quick Start Your Kayak 3 hour course

Introduction to Kayak 6 hour course
BASIC COASTAL KAYAK [level 1] 8 hour course
Basic Coastal Kayak ADVANCED STROKES [level 2] 8 hour course

Instructor level Kayak certification courses are taught at all levels Introduction through open Water.


1.PUT IN AND PICK UP TRIP starting at Devil's Backbone.
A. Arrive at the Put in at Devils Backbone 10:00AM
B. Sign waivers, unload all the gear you want on the trip, pay fees, make sure your car keys are safe.
C. Quick Start Orientation at the put in
D. Put in at about 11AM [Trip can be guided or unguided]
E. Lunch on "two Goose islands" about 12:30
F. Take out at Burnside Bridge, 3PM load boats on the waiting trailer and bus; refreshments are on the bus during take out and the 15 min trip back to the put-in.
G. Pretty simple. for a trip you may never forget.

2. Put in and Drive away at the take out.
A. & B. same
C. Drive your car to the take out, I lead the caravan. Leave your car at the take out, I bring the drivers back to the put in.
D. E. same
F. Take out at Burnside Bridge, load boats, climb in your car and leave
G. same

3. Split trip, part to Burnside Bridge, Part to Potomac C&O Canal take out.
A. B, C, D, E. same
F. At the Burnside Bridge take, out some paddlers take out and the remaining paddlers continue on to the Potomac C & O Canal take out.
G. From Burnside Bridge, I bring the first group back to the put in and go back to pick up the  remaining paddlers at the C&O take out. The additional 4 miles of paddling takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

There are many many variations to the trip and shuttle combinations available. Since our trips are tailored just for you, it's pretty easy to work out a suitable choice for your day on the Creek.

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