Shank’s Mare has been in the outdoor business for over 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.How to Get Started AND What's New in Kayak Fishing Boats, SUP's & GearSat., February 2, 2019 - 10:30am-12:30pmLearn what you need to know to get involved in kayak/SUP fishing. We’ll cover basic needs in outfitting your kayak or board including varieties of rod holders and additional gear plus some specific skills you'll want to know to enhance your angling experience. At the same time, learn what's new from our premier kayak fishing lines including Jackson and Bonafide. If kayak fishing is on your bucket list, don't miss this free clinic. Free Clinic, but please register.
How to Buy your First Kayak or SUP Clinic
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 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.How To Outfit You and Your Gear for Cool Weather Paddling AdventuresSaturday, March 9, 2019 - 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 Properly Haul & Secure Your Paddlesports GearSaturday, March 23, 2019 - 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.