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.
Paddled with fourteen kids today. Trip leaders Ariel and Red were so much fun to work with again. Their group clearly had become tightly knit and were really enjoying the ride to Montreal. We saw Bald Eagle, Green Heron, Black Capped Night Heron, Great Heron, Tern and Osprey. It was an amazing sight for all. We worked on communication, cooperation and even silent paddling while also having a blast trying to Eskimo Kiss our kayaks and self rescue.
I had the opportunity to get a good thrashing in the ocean this week.
The surf was 2-4 feet at Higgins Beach and really nice; with the exception that it had a 6 second period which meant breaking out was very very challenging. I was worried about swimmers and other surfers, oh and the rocks too!. This kayak is a Valley Storm surf kayak and has 3 thruster fins under the seat which really helps with boat control but requires a steep learning curve. After one practice roll I was promptly reminded about who exactly was in charge when the ocean smacked me upside the head and knocked me over. Yay I rediscovered my combat roll. Enjoy the pics
Spent a few hours working this a vibrant fantastic group of senior women helping them to learn how to plan for group trips, consider safety and how to manage a novice group of paddlers as an organizer. We spent time on efficient paddling, contact tows, draw strokes and tired swimmer assistance. The gang was game and left tired and happy. A great summary of the day at the link https://www.movenote.com/v/EMptUTTnSHRHQ and Rec Boat Roundup Summary