Archive for the 'Networking with Paddlers' Category

SherriKayaks on Shelfari

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Just a quick note that I have linked my Shelfari profile to my website.  You can find my bookshelf on the “Recommended Reading” page of this website.  I have some more tidying up to do on my profile as I just downloaded my old “Amazon.com Reading List” from LinkedIn over to Shelfari and there are [...]

New “Mentor Program”

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Many kayakers, like myself, have benefited from the personal encouragement, guidance, and instruction of more experienced paddlers received when we were newbies first getting into the sport.  Those “mentors” helped us avoid getting into serious trouble, picked up our spirits when we despaired over learning a difficult skill, and pointed us in the right direction [...]

Got skills?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I’d like to applaud some paddlers I know, who shall remain nameless just in case this embarrasses them. One former and future student of mine is taking a refresher course this summer wanting to especially learn his rescue and recovery skills.  He was already signed up before a recent unexpected capsize reinforced the need to [...]

Getting Started in Kayaking

Monday, May 24th, 2010

If you are interested in becoming a kayaker, but don’t know exactly how to get started, here’s a 4-step process that you can follow. Step 1. Decide what kind of kayaking you want to do. In other words, what kind of water do you want to paddle on?  Knowing where you are going to paddle [...]

Coming Events

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The paddling season has definitely arrived in the upper midwest.  People are buying boats, signing up for lessons and trips, and looking for people to go paddling with.  Here are just a few local events coming up in the next few weeks that may be of interest, especially to new or aspiring paddlers.  I know [...]

Women Paddlers Networking Events

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of female paddling students and customers ask about ways to find other women to paddle with.  This seemed to be an especially difficult problem for recreational kayakers since the recreational paddlers are less likely to be organized into clubs, and they just seem to lurk in the weeds [...]

Staying Sane Through the Winter

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Recent cold weather has many of us putting away our boats for the season.  It’s time to figure out how we can occupy our time until the sun warms up the water again next spring.  Here are some suggestions.  You might be surprised at how quickly the winter will pass if you can stay busy. [...]

Looking for Suggestions

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Over the years working at Laacke & Joys and being a kayaking instructor, I have been approached by a number of women with the problem of finding other female kayakers with whom they can get connected to do some paddling.  It seems to be especially difficult for the recreational kayakers who just want to paddle [...]