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. 


Click here for a synopsis of the day 

A great day with Apogee Adventures

A great day with Apogee Adventures

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.

Overland Adventures

Overland Adventures

What a great day at the mouth of the Winooski River with 14 amazing kids taking a break from their end to end VT bike trip. The kids played. Got out in some crazy wind and had a generally great time splashing around. 

Surfing in a kayak

Surfing in a kayak

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 picsDSC_0222 DSC_0223 DSC_0225 DSC_0226

Charlotte seniors kayak rec boat roundup 

Charlotte seniors kayak rec boat roundup 

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