If you’ve ever watched with envy as kayaks glide, seemingly effortlessly, across the waters of the Charleston coast, this is the perfect weekend to get your feet wet. The 19th Annual East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival takes over James Island County Park this weekend, and there even the most inept student can learn how to paddle the waters. The three-day festival provides hands-on lessons on the fun of kayaking and canoeing. Participating paddlesport experts Nigel Foster, Cathy Piffath, and Christopher Stec will host on-water classes, exhibits, and demonstrations. The heart of the weekend is four workshops, run simultaneously throughout the event, with topics like exotic paddling locations, how-to sessions on navigation, repairing and selecting equipment, and even preparing gourmet cuisine fresh from your dry bag. Take the kids out and learn to paddle as a family in one of the clinics, or just get them out of your hair for a while and register the little ones (ages 6-12) for a half or full day canoe and kayak camp. There’s a kayak fishing tournament, music, and food as well. Not to mention over 40 commercial exhibitors will be on site so you can try out the latest paddlesport gear before you throw down your hard-earned cash for it. The festival kicks off with a barbecue dinner featuring a lecture from keynote speaker Russel Farrow, who will be presenting a lecture on his six-week kayaking expedition to the Canadian High Arctic.