Archive for January, 2011

Characteristics of Whitewater Kayaks

Monday, January 31st, 2011

As part of my series in helping new paddlers learn about the different types of kayaks, I have just published another video blog.  This video talks about some of the basic characteristics that separate whitewater kayaks from recreational and sea/touring kayaks.  Here in southeast Wisconsin, we don’t have much in the way of nearby whitewater […]

Rolling Clinic

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Just a quick note for anyone looking for rolling instruction this winter in the Milwaukee area.  Badger State Boating Society is offering a rolling clinic on Saturday and Sunday, February 12 & 13, 2011. Times are 3-6pm on Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday.  You need to register for the rolling clinic in advance.  For more […]

What’s Different About a Sea Kayak?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Last week I posted a video on the characteristics of recreational kayaks that set them apart from sea kayaks and whitewater kayaks.  Today, I’m posting the second video installment which will talk about sea/touring kayaks and how they differ from other types of kayaks.  Yet to come are videos on whitewater kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks.  […]

Using a VHF Radio

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I ran across this blog post by Bryan Hansel,, talking about “How to Use a VHF Radio”.  It’s a very good article, thorough and easy to understand, so I wanted to share the link with my readers.  I don’t think I could have said it better myself. I will be posting another video blog […]

Know the Differences Between Kayak Types

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

It’s getting to be the time of year when those who are planning to buy a kayak for the 2011 paddling season need to be doing research for their upcoming purchases.  Laacke & Joys usually starts having kayak sales during the Milwaukee Boat Show in January, and Canoecopia will be coming up in Madison on […]

Please Label Your Stuff

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boaters (including kayakers) to take the time to label their boats, paddles, life jackets, etc. with their names and contact information in order to avoid initiating expensive and time-consuming search and rescue efforts when there isn’t actually a person missing. When someone finds a kayak or other piece of […]

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