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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”, […]

www.PaddleSafely.com

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, www.PaddleSafely.com, 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 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/silentsportsguru/2016/01/08/a-conversation-with-an-outstanding-certified-kayakcanoe-instructor.  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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