Archive for the 'Rescues' Category

Hang on to Your Kayak (End Toggles Part 3)

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I was conducting a private lesson recently on a relatively windy day.  The student was an intermediate level paddler working on improving rough water skills.  As part of the lesson, we practiced some assisted rescues.  As I was performing a rescue with my student in the water as the swimmer, I instructed him to keep […]

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 […]

USK Greenland Rolling DVD – Part 2

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I just finished watching the second volume of the University of Sea Kayaking (USK) DVD set, “Greenland Rolling with Maligiaq & Dubside”.  It covers 21 of the 35 rolls/skills included in the 2011 Greenlandic National Kayaking Championships.  Most of what I had to say in reviewing the first volume of this 2-DVD set would also […]

What to do at the pool

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Often, there is the perception that open pool sessions are really only for the more skilled kayaker who wants to practice rolling over the winter, or perhaps wants to learn how to roll. While pool sessions are very useful for those two goals, beginning paddlers should also take advantage of pool practice over the winter.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Different About a Sea Kayak?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Last week I posted a video on the characteristics of recreational kayaks that set them apart from sea kayaks and whitewater kayaks.  Today, I’m posting the second video installment which will talk about sea/touring kayaks and how they differ from other types of kayaks.  Yet to come are videos on whitewater kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks.  […]

Winter Pool Sessions in Milwaukee

Friday, November 26th, 2010

**There was a mistake on the times of the pool sessions when originally posted on the Badger State Boating Society website.  Several of us arrived at 7:30pm for the pool session on November 28th and were told by a custodian that the building was closing up and the session had been in the morning.  I […]

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