Archive for the 'Safety Equipment' Category

Gift Shopping for a Paddler

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

While I strongly advocate supporting your local paddle sports shop, the unfortunate reality of our current economy is that there are fewer and fewer really good local paddle sports shops.  As a result, many of us have no choice but to order at least some of our gear from online sources.  In the interests of […]

Recreational Kayaking Fatality

Friday, April 1st, 2016

In the interests of trying to disseminate accurate information about a incident that is certainly important to kayakers in southeast Wisconsin, I have pieced together the following from a variety of sources including WITI, WTMJ, WISN, CBS-58, The Ozaukee Press, and The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel. On March 16, 2016 around 3:30pm, two brothers from West Bend […]

All Hail, the Lowly Paddle Float!

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It seems that it is currently fashionable among some sea kayak instructors to bash the standard paddle float solo re-entry as a useless skill.  I am not of that camp, but even if you are, I urge you not to throw out your paddle float just yet.  There are numerous ways that a paddle float […]

10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Kayaking

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Kayaking of all kinds can be a lot of fun, but anytime you are venturing out on the water, you are entering a foreign environment for air-breathers.   While it is true that you are probably safer in a kayak than you were in the car that drove you to the water, there is still a […]

Don’t Lose Your Tow Belt

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I am of the opinion that tow belts are extremely important pieces of safety gear to carry with you on all trips.  I’ve used mine to tow paddlers who were getting fatigued and started falling farther and farther behind the group as well as to reunite a capsized kayaker with the kayak that got away […]

Everything You Need To Know About End Toggles, But Never Knew to Ask (Part I)

Monday, April 16th, 2012

End toggles are those lowly and often overlooked features of your kayak that you use to lift and carry your kayak with the help of another person.  They go by many names: end toggles, carry toggles, carry handles, grab handles, end loops, and probably more that I’m currently forgetting.  They come in a variety of […]

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

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 […]

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