Archive for the 'Kayaking Equipment' Category

Paddler’s Fall “To-Do” List

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

On a cold, rainy fall day at the end of the paddling season, here are a few things that a canoeist/kayaker can be thinking about. If you’ve worked on improving your skills all summer, perhaps it’s time to consider purchasing a dry suit to extend your season. If you prefer not to paddle in anything […]

Plastic Kayaks are NOT Indestructible

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Just a heads up for those of you who are new to kayaking and may have just purchased your first polyethylene plastic kayak – don’t drag your kayak to and from the water, and don’t get in your kayak on shore and then push yourself over sand and gravel to get your boat floating.  Whenever […]

The Honeymoon is Over

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I just bought a new kayak a couple weeks ago.  I had it on the water 10 times including some paddling in 2-4 foot waves on Lake Michigan in just the first week.  I wasn’t really intending to buy a new kayak, but I was swept away and infatuated by her good looks and her […]

Retiring a Life Jacket

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In over 20 years of canoeing and kayaking, I did something recently that I have never had to do before – I had to retire a life jacket from service due to equipment failure.  As I was getting my equipment ready before a class, I noticed the tear in the fabric around the neck.  I […]

Fitting a Life Jacket

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Update on Broken Paddles

Monday, August 1st, 2011

In my last post, I talked about a couple of Werner fiberglass paddles in which the shaft broke while students were learning to do a standard paddle float solo re-entry.  The first paddle to break was a five year old paddle with an older ferrule style in which the button sticks up above the rest […]

A Caution About Paddle Float Re-entries

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Call it bad luck, but in the last month I’ve had two students break my paddles when learning to do the standard paddle float self rescue.  Prior to this, I never had a paddle break in 13 years of teaching this skill.  In both cases, the paddles broke at the ferrule.  Both paddles were Werner […]

Weather Radios

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

April in the Midwest brings thoughts of severe storms and tornado awareness drills.  A local Milwaukee television station has partnered with Walgreen’s in Southeast Wisconsin to promote and sell NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radios at a discount.  These weather radios only cost around $30 and sound an alarm whenever the National Weather […]

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 […]

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