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Know-How Clinic Series

Know How Clinics back for 2023.  

Shank’s Mare has been in the outdoor business for 45 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.  All clinics are held at Shank's Mare.

Clinics are free but limited in size.  Please click on the clinic title to pre-register.

How to Buy Your First Kayak or SUP

Saturday, January 28, 2023 - 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 10:30am-12:30pm

At Shank's Mare we say buying your first kayak is the toughest. This clinic will educate you on what you should know to make a good purchase
We’ll cover analyzing where and what type of paddling you anticipate doing and what kayaks will best handle those conditions. We'll also cover paddling accessories for you and your boat that will enhance your paddling experience.  Remember, just because your buddy loves his or her boat, doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you.  Not all kayaks are created equal.  We’ll give you tips on what to look for in materials, design, and outfitting. All in all, our goal is to make sure you buy your second kayak the first time!
Free clinic, but please pre-register.

Loading, Securing & Hauling Your Paddlesports Gear – New Ideas for Easier Handling

Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Lighter weight kayaks for easier loading are frequently requested at Shank's Mare. Actually, it’s far easier to look at load assist options than trying to trim pounds off gear that can only get so light in weight.  This clinic begins with racking your vehicle for any number of kayaks or SUP’s.  Then, we’ll give you tips on load assist options and securing your load for transport. We’ll also cover trailers and your options available with them. This clinic will provide you loading options and the safest methods to haul and protect your vehicle and gear.
Free clinic, but please pre-register.