Winter Pool Sessions in Milwaukee

by Sherri ~ November 26th, 2010. Filed under: Bracing, Edging, Events, Rescues, Rolling, Skill Development.


**There was a mistake on the times of the pool sessions when originally posted on the Badger State Boating Society website.  Several of us arrived at 7:30pm for the pool session on November 28th and were told by a custodian that the building was closing up and the session had been in the morning.  I have confirmed that the times for the pool sessions in December and January are in the morning, not the evening.  I have updated the information below so the times that I have posted now should be correct.  Further, the Badger State Boating Society website also appears to have been updated to show the correct times, as well.  Sorry for any confusion on the first pool session. (updated December 2, 2010)

The Badger State Boating Society is once again sponsoring open pool sessions this winter, along with a couple “rolling clinics”.  The sessions are held at the Schroeder Aquatic Center pool (9250 N. Green Bay Road, Brown Deer, WI).  Dates and times  for the 2010/2011 season are as follows:

  • November 28th, 8:00 – 11:00 AM
  • December 19th, 8:00 – 11:00 AM
  • January 9th, 8:00 – 11:00 AM
  • January 23rd, 8:00 – 11:00 AM
  • January 30th, 8:00 – 11:00 AM
  • February 12th, 3:00 – 6:00 PM **Roll Clinic**
  • February 13th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM **Roll Clinic**
  • February 27th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • March 13th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • March 27th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

The cost to attend the pool session is $15 per person or $25 per family and you must have an ACA (American Canoe Association) membership.  This ACA member requirement is necessary in order for Badger State Boating Society to obtain insurance for the activity.  For those who are not ACA members, you can get an ACA membership when you attend your first pool session.  You can get a regular 1-year membership for an individual or family, or you can get a 6-month introductory membership for a reduced price.

Make sure your boat is thoroughly cleaned both inside and out before bringing it into the pool.  You will need to wear a life jacket (PFD) while kayaking in the pool.  To see more information on the rules, costs, etc. for the pool sessions, please go to the Badger State Boating Society’s website at If you have any questions after reading the website, please make sure to contact  Jim Jensen from Badger State Boating Society.  His phone number is listed near the top of the page of information on the pool sessions.  DO NOT call the Schroeder Aquatic Center directly.

For those of you who may not be interested in learning how to roll, now or ever, keep in mind that there are many other skills that can be learned and practiced in a pool over the winter.  Many beginning paddlers need more practice on doing wet exits, as well as solo and assisted rescues/re-entries.  If you prefer to prevent yourself from capsizing in the first place, a pool can be a comfortable place to start working on the many low and high braces that can be used to maintain and regain your stability in rough water.  If you do wish to learn how to roll, you may need to spend significant amounts of time learning to relax when you are upside down in your kayak.  Once again, a pool can be a very comfortable place to work on these preliminary rolling skills.  I have several archived blog posts that may give you some ideas on ways to make use of the pool sessions to prepare for next paddling season. I also would highly recommend the new DVD, “Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson” as another very useful tool for anyone trying to learn how to roll over the winter.

If you live a ways north of Milwaukee, you can also check out winter pool classes and open pool sessions being offered in Two Rivers by the Northeast Wisconsin Sea Kayakers.  The information can be found at  Registration is handled by the City of Two Rivers Parks and Recreation.  Call 920-793-5592 for more information.  I was given the following classes, dates, and times.  Go to the Wisconsin Paddlers website for the locations.

  • Kayak Demo – December 11, 2010, Saturday 9am-noon
  • Kayak Introduction  – January 8, 15, 22 and 29 Saturdays, 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Kayak Introduction – February 7, 14, 21 and 28 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Kayak Roll, Rescue & Recovery – March 7, 14, 21 and 28 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Room 117)

Getting your boat and gear ready for indoor pool session in the winter can seem like a lot of work at the time, but it can also be a lot of fun.  The forced confinement in the limited space of a pool makes us take the time to learn and practice many of those safety skills that are so easy to skip in the summer when there are miles and miles of waterways to explore.  You may even meet some new paddling companions for next season.  I hope to see some of you indoors this winter!


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