The challenge of Lake Champlain. 

The challenge of Lake Champlain. 

Complacency on Lake Champlain can prove to be very dangerous to  folks that paddle with the mindset that “Its only a lake”. This weekend I spent several hours coaching a group home after the leaders checked in with a weather update.  The trip leaders were well prepared, competent paddlers, and had group safety in mind. When they looked at the conditions  they decided some extra help was in order.  I was happy to help out.

Evidence of their thinking was apparent after they checked the radar and wind reports.  Had this been folks trained to a lesser degree I believe that a situation would have evolved that could have had serious ramifications.


Check out the conditions here

 


Pictures of the happy paddlers

Windy day for the last Apogee trip

Windy day for the last Apogee trip

A large crew set out in doubles on a windy day to enjoy Coolwater an amazing times on a very very hot and windy day the kids were awesome, though the GORP left something to be desired we all decided. It was a fantastic final trip with Apogee Adventures in the trip leaders were exceptional.  

Past the Apogee

Past the Apogee

It is sad to say the final two kids programs of the year are wrapping up. We have done numerous trips with Apogee Adventures Man what a fantastic organization the trip leaders are fantastic, the kids wonderful, and the cycling adventure they go on remarkable for kids in grades seven through ten. Red and Ariel  looked a little road weary but were still super into the Astec when working with their kids and kayaking. 

Shallow waters at Winooski 

Shallow waters at Winooski 

Overland Adventures joined us for a phenomenal day at the mouth of the Winooski. We had a paddle over a half-mile out to find deep enough water to splash and play. These kids kayak programs are such a joy because you can watch the innate ability of young paddlers be totally at ease with being upside down and rescue them selves without even knowing it. 

Cardboard Kayaks!

Cardboard Kayaks!

After a fantastic game of communication that challenged the kids to think about how they describe things. They embarked on making their cardboard kayaks,they planned a boat shape and had limited supplies with which to make a boat that would float them both


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You can see here the kids participating in an activity called colorblind. This is an adaptation on a teamwork program to help people work on their communication skills focusing on clarity of language, building on shared experiences and having a common goal. Participants have to find one piece that is missing of the 36 , identifying its shape and color while never looking at each other’s pieces or their own keeping their eyes closed the whole time. They were successful!


Splitsville for us

Splitsville for us

Today kids kayak camp paddled from Converse Bay to Split Rock Point the scenery was spectacular, the waters clarity astounding, and the weather absolutely perfect. The kids had a chance to practice edging, their navigation skills by plotting the course using the chart and compass, and did some rescues.  Mostly they enjoyed the scenery warm water and amazingly cool round rocks. 

Kids kayak camp 2016

Kids kayak camp 2016

Kids kayak camp began with a huge bang, we paddled around providence island learning games working on edging and having a really good time exploring the caves and learning how to have fun in a kayak.

OLLI

OLLI

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from UVM organized a group that spent the day with us working on some intro to kayaking and basic strokes instruction.  The gang of 9 were awesome to spend some time with. They were game to learn everything they could as they embark on a journey that could take them to some amazing places in a kayak.  Grahm and I were both really impressed by the enthusiasm of our group. 


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