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  2092 Long Level Road Wrightsville, PA  17368

Shank’s Mare’s Know-How Clinic Series

Shank’s Mare has been in the outdoor business for 40 years, and it has been our privilege to introduce thousands of folks to our favorite outdoor adventures. Our mission is to educate participants on safety, skills, and stewardship. Shank’s Mare’s clinic program offers information that will ensure an enjoyable and safe experience in the outdoors.

What's New in Kayak Fishing Boats, SUP's & Gear

Sat., February 10, 2018 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Check out new features in 2018 Jackson Kayaks including their Flex-Drive propulsion system.  Also, new for 2018 at Shank's Mare, is the Bonafide line of fishing kayaks.  Devin Winand and Josh Hill, along with Shank's Mare fishing team members, will conduct this clinic covering not only new features in kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for fishing, but also all the trendy gear available this season.

Free Clinic, but please register.

How to Get Started in Kayak/SUP Fishing Clinic

Sat., February 24, 2018 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Learn what you need to know to get involved in kayak and SUP fishing.  We'll cover basic needs in outfitting your kayak or SUP including varieties of rod holders and other gear.  We'll discuss anchoring your kayak while fishing and other specific skills.  You'll learn ways to be involved in the various kayak fishing message boards as well as info on how kayak fishing tournaments are run.  So, if kayak or SUP fishing is on your bucket list, sign up for this clinic now.

FREE Clinic, but please register.

Kayak & SUP Safety & Cool Weather Paddling Clinic

Sat. March 10 or April 14, 2018 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Join us for this on-land safety clinic geared to all paddlers.  Learn about properly outfitting your kayak or SUP, trip planning and preparation, and weather and water conditions.  When paddling in early spring, it is important to be properly outfitted with both your kayak or SUP as well as your clothing.  Learn about drysuits, wetsuits, appropriate layers and fabrics, and how to be sure your paddlecraft and you are geared up for the conditions.  

FREE clinic, but please register.

How to Buy your First Kayak or SUP Clinic

Sat. March 17, 2018 - 10:30am-12:30pm

We always say buying your first kayak or SUP is the toughest.  This clinic will educate you in what you should know to make a good buying decision.  The first hour of the clinic will be geared to kayaks with the second hour geared to stand-up paddleboards.  We'll cover analyzing where and what type of paddling you will be doing and what kayak or SUP will handle those conditions the best.  Remember, just because your buddy loves his or her boat or board, doesn't mean it is the right one for you.  And, not all kayaks and SUP's are created equal.  We'll give you tips on what to look for in materials and design.  All in all, our goal is to make sure you buy your second kayak or board the first time!

FREE Clinic but please register.

Hauling & Securing Your Paddlesports Gear

Sat. March 31, 2018 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Shank’s Mare rack experts Devin Winand and Josh Hill will conduct this clinic that begins with racking your vehicle for any number of kayaks or SUP’s. They will give you tips on load assist options to make hefting your kayak on your car roof as easy as possible. Most importantly, they'll demonstrate the proper way to secure your load for transport. We find that even folks who have been paddlinging for a while sometimes do not use the safest methods of tying down gear. This clinic will provide you with the safest methods to protect your car or truck, your paddlesports gear, and those who are following your loaded vehicle.

FREE clinic, but please register.