Archive for the 'Paddling Safety' Category

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 […]

Warm Water Warning for Kayakers

Friday, July 20th, 2012

With the water in local lakes and rivers reaching temperatures well into the 80’s, there is a danger that we all need to be aware of – Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).  A tiny one-celled organism found in freshwater sediment called Naegleria fowleri thrives in the warm water temperatures that we are experiencing this summer.  It […]

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 […]

Enough Said?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

I can’t emphasize enough the extreme danger of paddling in cold water without wearing the proper clothing for immersion in that water.  COLD WATER KILLS!!!! Right now we are experiencing an unusually warm spell in mid March here in southeast Wisconsin.  The air temperature today is in the 70’s.  However, the water temperatures are still […]

Review of “Sea Kayak Rescue” DVD

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I recently purchased the DVD, Sea Kayak Rescues by Leon Somme and Shawna Franklin.  Somme and Franklin, owners of Body, Boat, Blade, are both excellent kayakers and instructors and I expected a DVD on rescues from them to be a great addition to my video library.  Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed when I watched the […]

Farewell to a Wave Warrior

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I was stunned last evening to see a message that extreme sea kayaker, Eric Soares passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 1, 2012,.  He was only 58 years old. For those of you who may be relatively new to paddle sports or are not familiar with sea kayaking in particular, Eric Soares was […]

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 […]

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