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Ten things you need in order to learn to roll a kayak

Monday, July 31st, 2017

  Unless you are in your teens or twenties, learning to roll is generally a time-consuming process, rather than a single lesson.  In order to be successful, there are several things you are likely going to need.  A kayak with thigh braces that fits you properly An understanding of how the mechanics of a roll […]

Revisiting the Issue of Tandem Kayaks

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Without a doubt, the most controversial blog post I’ve ever written is the post about “10 Things to Consider When Purchasing A Tandem.” That was over 7 years ago, but the number of comments has been staggering and people still continue to read and comment.  At times, I’ve been misinterpreted and accused of being “anti-tandem”, […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Since this past March when we had a recreational kayaking fatality on Lake Michigan near Port Washington, Wisconsin, I have been working with three other American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors to develop a website with safety information for paddling.  The website,, has been up and running for awhile, but I haven’t been publicizing it […]

Opportunity to Talk to Sherri

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

If you weren’t able to listen to the broadcast yesterday, you can listen to the podcast of the interview at  The discussion focused mainly on getting started in paddling with information about the different paddling disciplines and a few important points to keep in mind when buying equipment and looking for instruction.  If you […]

The Importance of Safety Skills for Paddling

Friday, November 6th, 2015

The American Canoe Association (ACA) in partnership with Anzovin Studio and the U.S. Coast Guard has recently released a new video called “Stories of Survival”.  I think it does a really good job of showing why it is so important for paddlers to make that extra effort to get training in the skills and information […]

Preparing for the Paddling Season

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Despite the cold and snow just outside my window as I sit here writing, there is a glimmer of hope that spring will be here soon.  The Canoecopia 2015 show guide arrived in the mail recently.  People will be looking to buy canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) with plans to paddle once the weather […]

Another “SUP Basics” class just added!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

At the request of a student who couldn’t make it to any of the other SUP classes on the schedule, I have just added an “SUP Basics” class on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Wind Lake in northwest Racine County, Wisconsin.  The class will go from 5-7:30pm and the cost with equipment is $60.  If […]

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 […]

10 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Tandem Kayak

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Are you thinking about getting a tandem kayak?  I would caution you to consider this option very carefully if this is going to be your first kayak.  While tandems do have their place, in most cases I don’t think that they are the best option when you are first getting into the sport.  Here are […]

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