Over the years, I’ve had a lot of female paddling students and customers ask about ways to find other women to paddle with. This seemed to be an especially difficult problem for recreational kayakers since the recreational paddlers are less likely to be organized into clubs, and they just seem to lurk in the weeds on the internet bulletin boards rather than posting invitations to paddle. For that reason, I’m going to try something new this year. I’m offering 3 events held on three separate Wednesday evenings at three different venues in hopes of giving women a chance to meet up with other women who paddle. We’ll start the evenings with a leisurely paddling trip giving participants plenty of opportunity to talk and get to know each other as we paddle. Afterwards, there will be a social gathering at a local food and drink establishment. The trip will begin at 5pm and last about 1.5 hours. The social gathering is scheduled to end about 8pm, although I can’t stop new friends from fraternizing into the wee hours. Just remember that you may have to get up for work the next morning. My hope is that the women who attend these events will find other women with whom they can continue to paddle throughout the summer. Perhaps they will even form informal clubs to mentor other new female paddlers.
If you have your own canoe or kayak, you can attend for just $5. Come alone or invite your friends. Advanced registration is requested so that I don’t waste my time showing up if no one is coming. Registration is also for your benefit, since I can contact you if we need to cancel at the last minute due to weather, etc. If you need to rent a boat, I have a limited number available that can be rented for the event for $20. The dates are May 26 (Wind Lake), June 2 (Upper Nemahbin Lake), and June 23 (Lake Michigan). The events held on Wind Lake and Upper Nemahbin Lake are open to any women regardless of their skills or type of paddle craft. For safety, the trip on Lake Michigan on June 23rd will be limited to those women who have a 14′ or longer touring style kayak with front and rear bulkheads. If you have any questions or want to register, please shoot me an e-mail or give me a call.
Canoeing and kayaking are such great activities and are enjoyed by so many women. If you have been hesitant to get out on the water due to lack of paddling companions, please use these opportunities to forge new friendships with other women who share your passion for paddling!