Sorry I've been missing. You'll start seeing more educational content soon.
For me, the time from January through May is a time for teaching and training. My annual kayak class will begin again in January at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. This year, in addition to teaching basic kayaking, we will have sessions especially for recreational boats, canoes and advanced boaters who want to hone their skills.
My goal is to get this session down on video so I can share the training with others outside our area.
I've also been very busy with a video project for the State of New Jersey. For more information about this project check out: http://thesafeharbor.us/
Becuase RiverGrizzly LLC does training, video, photo and lots of adventure sports work this blog is going to branch out on the topics we cover. I've been meaning to do this for a while but life has gotten in the way.
Happy New Year everyone. I'm going to change things up a bit this year. RiverGrizzly does canoe and kayak instruction but we also do photo and video work. I'll be writing more about the multimedi work this year.
Jan 10 is the first session of my Winter kayak class. Here's where we'll keep you updated on the progress of the class.
We have been working for quite some time to win a grant to make a safety video for New York Harbor. The idea began as a result of a story a friend told about a kayak trip he took on the Hudson River near Manhattan. It seems that a couple members of the party wandered off and got a little too close to some harbor traffic for the comfort level of the pilots of the larger vessels.
So a couple of us thought it would be a good idea to put together an informational video. Word of this idea migrated to the powers that be at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Maritime Division, who were thinking along the same lines. So here we are.
I'll let you know how it goes but I'll spare the details until after we win or lose the grant.
I've been away for a while, not physically, you understand, but in terms of being able to post.
Since my last post, my kayak school buddy, bought a raft company. So while you are learning to paddle a whitewater kayak, your family can try the river on a guided raft trip. Click on either of the above links to learn more.
If sea kayaking is more your style, check out my other friends at Kayak East.
Here's something coming up on the US East Coast, soon.
Sprint/Slalom Race at Sportsfest 2009 Saturday, July 18, 2009
Register at the event between 9 and 10am.
Just Paddle Sea Kayak Event
September 5 and 6, 2009 - Labor Day Weekend at Sugar Island on the St. Lawrence River in Canada.
This is a kayak-camping get-together for ACA sea kayakers and their guests.
We welcome clubs and individuals from the Chesapeake, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and elsewhere to join us.
Sugar Island is a 35 acre undeveloped island in the heart of the beautiful 1000 Islands - a central base for paddling in the Lake Fleet group of Islands.
For more information, view the pdf flyer here.
Deleware Valley Division of the American Canoe Association Annual Meeting, Paddle & Picnic
Save this date! Sunday, September 27
Tinicum County Park, PA /Delaware River
Well, the kayak class took its toll on my time and tax season didn't help. So here we go with another attempt to post more often.
I've been thinking lately about a couple of boating disciplines that are not very well known. I'll reveal more in the future but, just to make a list in no particular order off the top of my head:
Canoe sailing is one of the oldest small craft activities. In fact, at one time, in the mid-1800s, almost all canoes had sailing rigs. Today, canoe sailing is becoming a lost art. In fact, canoing is becoming a lost art, but more on that another time.
Canoe Poling is also an early art from the days when the boats were used for work and not just recreation. The advantage of using a pole over a paddle is that you can go upstream with a pole. That might come in handy if your goal was to leave civilization rather than crash into it. Start by checking out the American Canoe Association page on the subject. And here's another resource: Bushwhacker
Next, dragon boats. A dragon boat is, well, see for yourself: Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival. That event is close to home but there are races all over the country: Massachusetts , Texas, Tennessee, California, Colorado, and the world too: Ottawa, Africa, UK.
The last sport that comes to mind is outrigger. Here's a Hawaiian group, and another, where it all started. There is also Northern California, where the water is a lot colder than in Hawaii. And let's not forget Boston and my friends in New York, just to name two more.
More information about these and other boating specialties is on the way.
The results are in. I broke my resolution to post often after the very first New Year's post. Teaching the kayak class is going well but taking energy away from this blog.
Here's what we've been doing in class and I hope to post some of the information soon:
Types of boats
Safety and rescue
Knots and car topping
More to come.
Happy New Year everybody. I've been preoccupied with other things but I've resolved to post more regularly this year.
In a few days my 2008 Winter kayak class begins, Jan 6, to be exact. This class is at the Lafayette College pool in Easton, PA and is open to everybody. Class begins at 5:30 pm and runs for 8 weeks. If you don't have a boat you can rent one, cheap.
And speaking of cheap, the class is pretty affordable too. For more information go to the Lehigh Valley Canoe Club website.
I'll be posting class notes here too. So keep checking back.
It's that time of the year again when the Lehigh Valley Canoe Club is planning its Winter kayak class at the Lafayette College pool in Easton, PA. If you live in the Easton, PA area and environs, which include Harrisburg to New York City and Philadelphia to Scranton, and you have wanted to learn to kayak in a safe environment, you should consider this course for beginners to intermediate boaters.
I teach this course and it runs Sunday evenings for seven to eight weeks, depending on what we can negotiate with the college. We don't have a start date yet but we will know pretty soon. Keep monitoring the Lehigh Valley Canoe Club web site for information.
You can look at a general course outline here. We've been fortunate, in the past, to be able to combine the Winter pool class with an outing in the Spring. I hope to do that again this year.
Since none of the instructors get paid, the cost is very affordable. The money for the course goes to pay for the pool and expenses, basically. If you need a boat, we can probably provide one, for a nominal fee.
See you there.