Archive for March, 2011

Introducing Kids to Paddling

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Now that I’m a grandma, I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to teach my new granddaughter to paddle in a few years.  I had a chance to do this many years ago when my son and my nieces were little, but it seems like it’s even more important nowadays to get kids outside and […]

Building a First Aid Kit

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

One of my students asked me to write a blog about putting together a first aid kit.  Since this is an important piece of gear that all paddlers should carry with them, I will try to make some suggestions on getting training and assembling a good basic kit.  I am not a doctor or medical […]

Paddling is for Everyone

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I was just at Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin, this past weekend.  As always, there were tons of great presentations on a wide variety of subjects relating to canoeing and kayaking.  I attended one seminar on “adaptive paddling” which is a term used to describe that group of paddlers who need to make some type of […]

Fun is Just Around the Corner!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It’s still a little cold for most people to be paddling in Wisconsin since most of the water is still frozen.  But it won’t be long now.  Temperatures going above freezing and the shrinking snow piles incite almost terminal cases of spring fever.  The only real cure for paddlers is the coming of warmer air […]

What’s so special about “sit-on-tops”?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Here is the long-awaited fourth video in my series on the differences between  recreational, whitewater, and sea kayaks.  This video covers the characteristics of “sit-on-top” kayaks which can be designed for recreational use, whitewater paddling, and sea kayaking.  So if you are looking to get started in kayaking, you still need to understand the differences […]

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