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August is a great time to explore by sea kayaking

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Of the many reasons to love New England, one of the best is that the ocean is close by and ready to be enjoyed.

Now I’m not a ‘beach person’, but I enjoy bodyboarding (having failed to learn to surf and windsurf) and beachcombing (which really results in a hike along the seashore. sea), and I especially love sea kayaking. August, when it is often too hot for hiking and biking, and too dry to paddle most rivers, is sea kayaking season.

Now almost anything that floats can be used to paddle a quiet cove or saltwater river estuary, but if you want to explore where wind and waves are factors, nothing beats a sea kayak. general, most sea kayaks are at least 15 feet long, usually between 21 and 25 inches wide at their widest point (wider than that and they can become unstable on steep wave faces) and they have often a rudder on foot or a drop-down fin (keel) to help them maintain a straight course in wind and waves. Good paddling technique can compensate, but it’s just easier to have a rudder or a centreboard.

Real sea kayaks take some getting used to. For people who have used wider, flatter “recreational” kayaks, a sea kayak often feels “lively” when you first step into it. But when you take them out in waves or choppy water, the water tends to flow harmlessly under the hull rather than trying to tip you over. They may feel ready to rock, but they really aren’t.

Another good thing about a sea kayak is that it also works wonderfully on large lakes, easily handling wind and boat wake. On some large lakes like Winnipesaukee, Candlewood in Connecticut, Champlain in Vermont or Sebago and Moosehead in Maine, a sea kayak is almost necessary if you want to paddle on a busy summer day. The wakes of colliding boats can create more waves and choppy water than you sometimes encounter in the open ocean. If you mainly paddle large waters, a smaller sea kayak is a good choice for a multi-purpose boat.

Getting to know your sea kayak opens up a whole world of paddling possibilities. You can head out to the ocean almost anywhere along the New England coast and find a nice spot to paddle. Some days it may be in the open sea, while other days it will require more sheltered areas.

I literally dipped my paddle in the water at dozens of places between Westport, Connecticut, and Eastport, Maine. Some of my favorite spots include Great Bay and Portsmouth Harbor here in New Hampshire, the Thimble Islands off the Connecticut coast, Buzzards Bay and Chatham in Massachusetts, and Casco, Merrymeeting, Penobscot and Cobscook Bays in Maine. I also paddled my sea kayak on Lake Huron, the St. Lawrence River, the Saguenay Fjord in Quebec and on most of the great lakes of New England. I don’t remember having a bad day on the water, whether the trip was short or long, under clear skies or clouds.

Introduction to sea kayaking

If you are new to the idea of ​​sea kayaking I suggest you either start with a professional instructor (that’s how I started) or find a group of sea kayaking enthusiasts who will let you follow along. and learn as you go.

I did my first sea kayaking trip with H2O outfitters on the Isle of Orr in Maine and I always highly recommend them. Tell Cathy I said hello.

The Appalachian Club has a very active sea kayaking program – just go to the activity database and choose sea kayaking from the drop down menu. At the time of this writing, 27 trips and clinics were posted. Books can be considered quaint relics of this internet age, but the AMC has released a definitive guide, AMC’s best sea kayak in New England, which contains a wealth of information.

New England Coastal Paddlers offers clinics and outings all summer and into the fall.

Sea kayaking safety

■ Start in protected waters and slowly expose yourself to greater challenges. Remember that the weather can change in an instant.

■ As soon as you decide you like sea kayaking, attend a rescue and re-entry clinic. Practice these skills regularly.

■ Never paddle alone. If you are in trouble, you want to have people around you.

■ Always wear your personal flotation device (PFD) when in a kayak.

■ Give plenty of space to motorboats and sailboats and make sure they can see you.

■ Someone in your group should have a marine radio. If you’re heading for open water, everyone should have one.

■ Wear sun protection and pack plenty of snacks and water.

Tim Jones is the editor of the online magazine EasternSlopes.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

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Paddle Expo 2012 – Sea Kayak Gathering

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Photos and reflections on the Paddle Expo 2012 in Nuremberg from a sea kayaking perspective.

An apt description of the developments in sea kayaking at the 2012 Nuremberg International Paddle Sports Fair is “Evolution and Refinement”. The sea kayak exhibitors did not bring real sensational novelties, but they showed a constant development of their ranges. The main trends of recent years have continued:

  • Good fit for every paddler -> most new kayaks come in several sizes (low, medium, large volume). And, unlike a few years ago, the smaller variants aren’t just simple scaled-down versions of the larger ones, but often offer a completely redesigned hull and deck plan.
  • More specialization on the intended use -> manufacturers optimize the characteristics of boats for specific uses: for example playful, manoeuvrable and stable kayaks for playing in difficult conditions (surfing, rock jumping, tidal races) and faster and better tracked kayaks for hiking.
  • Composite kayaks with a lay-up dedicated to the intended use -> different materials and production techniques to create high-tech heavy-duty constructions for kayaks used in difficult conditions or lighter and stiffer constructions for kayaks more geared towards speed.
  • Growing availability of refined sea kayak designs in thermoformed (ABS, Prilite, etc.) and rotational molded (PE) constructions.
  • A “revival” of long and narrow kayaks for fitness-paddle and sea kayak racing -> closed cockpit kayaks with a hull design inspired by surf kayaks.
  • Below are some photo impressions and the corresponding thoughts and comments.

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    the Tiderace The kayak line is grouped into three design families: Touring, Play and Racing, all of which are now available in multiple sizes. New for 2013, but unfortunately not present at the show, is the Vortex. This is Tiderace’s first rotomolded (RM) sea kayak. It is a short, agile and stable sea kayak designed to “play the sea”.

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    the Arrow Nuka is the little brother of the Play models. Nuka and Play are both kayaks designed for maneuvering and playing in the sea and also provide a good platform for day trips or longer overnight getaways. The new GT is a touring version of the Nuka. It has a different deck line layout. The rear hatch is oval, which makes it easier to load the kayak. The GT’s hull is geared more towards speed with less rocker and a smoother bilge and a slightly longer waterline.

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    Valley has added 2 short kayaks (14ft 10in) to its line of sea kayaks. The ST&SP Gemini Twins are developed as a pair of kayaks with different characteristics. The ST is designed as a short boat that handles like a longer sea kayak but is easier to handle out of the water. The SP optimized for performance in rough waters with increased rocker, larger bow volume, harder chines, a flatter mid-hull cross section and a more solid lay-up.

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    New P&H Hammer is touted as a new generation of marine game boat “… which will take sea play to a new level. The influence of the whitewater bodies of Pyranha (the owner of P&H) is evident. The Hammer is a modern and welcome reincarnation of the old-fashioned ’80s whitewater kayaks and must be great fun paddling through rock gardens, tide races and surf areas!

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    New Eddyline Raven, designed by ACA L-5 Coastal Kayak Instructor Chris Mitchell, features a sloping bow and stern, hard chines amidships and well balanced to provide a “neutral” trim, creating a boat that should be. quick and clean handling in all conditions. Like all Eddyline kayaks, the Raven is made from Carbonlite 2000, an extremely strong, high performance co-extruded plastic laminate, but it is also easy to repair in the event of an accident.

    6

    Stellar kayaks from China is known for a wide range of speed oriented surf skis and touring kayaks. For 2013, their range is enriched with more “British Style” sea kayaks, fitted with a fin and a stable and manoeuvrable hull.

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    the the north coast Ocean is a brand new design from Mike Nelson. The Ocean is just as versatile and practical as North Shore kayaks are traditionally. But forward speed is improved by a completely new hull design with unique wings; sharp edges that stop just behind the seat and slowly blend into the arch.

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    Point 65 showed a production-ready prototype of the “Freya”. This kayak is custom designed in collaboration with Swedish designer Magnus de Brito for the second leg of Freya Hoffmeister’s expedition to South America. It is designed to consume miles of paddling with ease and speed while still being safe, comfortable and stable in the toughest and scariest conditions. While there is some optical resemblance to the Point65 XP18 touring kayak, the Freya is an all new design with a hull shape that approximates Epic’s Surf ski – the Bourbon Orca.

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    The Biskaya is the latest sea kayak from the German producer Lettmann. The kayak is available in several volumes (and very bold colors) and equipped with the latest version of the continuously optimized Lettmann Ergo Rudder / Skeg system.

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    Seabird now cooperates with Rob Feloy (the designer of the legendary Inuk fast sea kayak). The new Seabird Inuk was not yet ready for the show, but the surprise on the Kanumesse were two new kayaks designed by Rob: the Scott MV and the Scott LV, lovely British style kayaks.

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    Oscar Chalupsky was present at the Kanumesse to promote the growing range of Epic surf skis. The Epic V6 and V8 bridge the gap between touring or sea kayaks and surf skis.

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    As an example for the different constructions offered by many manufacturers: Skim Kayaks are available in 3 different lay-ups: TR-Traditional lay-up (Polyester / Diolen and fiberglass), XR-Extra Rigid (Vinylester / carbon / Kevlar / glass fiber and diolen) and CL-Carbon light (sandwich shell made of carbon fiber with diolene resin with a bridge constructed of fiberglass and vinyl ester). The XR is stronger than the TR and the CL is just as strong as the XR but still lighter. A kayak that weighs 25 kg in TR, 23.5 kg in XR version and 21.5 kg in CL version. The costs go the other way up.

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    Neumann kayaks presented a range of cork core kayaks: very light and very strong in a fascinating glossy finish. Willy Neumann tried to convince the public of the solidity of this construction by jumping with all his weight on the deck of one of the fast, elegant and ultra-light Neumann fitness kayaks.

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    the Stage fright The folding kayak is not new, but it is regularly developed in details.

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    Pay attention to details about it Skim Kayak with a deck recess where a bilge pump fits well.

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    Geoff Turner, the man behind the Kari-Tek products, showed further refinement of the ingenious Kari-Tek hydraulic rudder system, which is now made entirely from ABS material, making it lighter and completely resistant to corrosion.

    17

    P&H completely overhauled their fin system for 2013. There were quite a few issues with the first generation with this system (introduced in 2009), which has been improved over the years and while paddlers with issues were still taken supported by P&H. In the second generation, the cursor has a smoother and more intuitive action and can be more easily maintained to keep the action working consistently.

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    Northern Lights paddles was present at the show with a very colorful variation of their Greenland and Aleut modular carbon fiber paddles. The three-part modular system allows Northern Light to scale the paddles to match the central loom. It also offers the possibility of assembling the paddle (without the central loom) as a short “Storm” paddle.

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    Nasaq, by Northern Lights paddles, is a paddle tip cover made from a special formulation of UV resistant silicone and urethane that stretches and conforms to the shape of the paddle tip, and provides a layer of protection against water damage. chipping, fraying or abrasion for those who paddle, land or launch difficult beaches or ramps. The Nasaq is available in multiple colors and will fit most Greenland style paddle tips.

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    Black light paddles manufactures fantastic high tech carbon Greenland paddles with ultra thin blades and a sensational light weight of 550 grams. The standard Black Light paddle is strong enough for expedition paddling, but requires careful handling. For real rough stuff there is now the “Black Light Greenland Rough and Roll”, just as thin but in a more solid layup, with reinforced edges and blade tip. It weighs 700 grams.

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    Hans Heupink

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    Seal jumps on sea kayak off Cornwall

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    It was the wonderful moment a sea kayaker received an unexpected visitor when a seal jumped on his boat to hitchhike.

    The encounter between veterinarian Rupert Kirkwood and the curious gray seal occurred off Cornwall.

    He said: “There was no doubt he was playing because I watched him roll around in the seaweed, bark, splash on purpose and try to get into my kayak!

    Robert Kirkwood was on his sea kayak when a seal decided to visit him

    The seal jumped aboard the sea kayak after swimming around the boat

    The seal jumped aboard the sea kayak after swimming around the boat

    Rupert Kirkwood, pictured, said the seal was acting like a dog wanting to throw a stick

    Rupert Kirkwood, pictured, said the seal acted like a dog wanting to throw a stick

    “He had the same look in his eyes as a dog wanting someone to throw his ball at him.”

    It was a banner year for the number of gray seal pups born around Britain’s east coast.

    New record totals were recorded at sites such as Horsey and Blakeney Point in Norfolk, and at the Donna Nook Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire.

    In contrast, seal pup populations on the west coast were hit hard by former Hurricane Ophelia in October.

    A number of baby seal deaths have been recorded off Pembrokeshire, as well as on the Isle of Man.

    However, at many sites around the east coast the numbers continue to increase year on year.

    At Horsey, near Great Yarmouth, a new record of 1,643 gray seal pups was recorded, surpassing the 2016 record of 1,500.

    Friends of Horsey Seals volunteers did the last count on the beach Thursday morning.

    Peter Ansell, chairman of the group, said he expected a record number to continue each year “until a natural disaster”, or disease or a decline in fish stocks. does not affect seals.

    He said the increase was “kind of like compound interest,” with female seal pups maturing, returning to the beach at age four or five once a season to mate, then a year older. late to give birth.

    Numbers were also on the rise at Blakeney Point on the north Norfolk coast, with 2,598 puppies counted on Monday, surpassing the previous record of 2014.

    Stephen Prowse, the National Trust’s chief ranger on the Norfolk coast, said good population survival rates in previous years and previous breeding seasons were the likely cause of the increase.

    The most recent count from Donna Nook Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire shows 1,984 gray seal pups born, more than the 1,957 recorded last year.

    The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which manages the reserve, said year-over-year numbers had risen rapidly in the past, but had started to level off in recent years.

    In contrast, the numbers at Horsey continue to rise at a faster rate, although the reason for these different rates is not known.

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    First local winner for Oban Sea Kayak Race

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    The Oban Sea Kayak Race finished its eighth annual race around Kerrera Island on Saturday with more than 50 entries.

    The start has been split into two this year, with traditional touring kayaks starting first at 12:50 p.m. and faster performance kayaks, double kayaks and Ocean Surf Skis starting half an hour later at 1:20 p.m.

    This made the final section entering the bay from the north entrance a bit more competitive with most of the runners heading towards Oban Bay.
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    Patrick Winterton, former Olympic winter cross-country skier, won the race. Photography: Stephen Lawson

    The Champions Trophy was won for the first time by a local runner, Patrick
    Winterton, in one hour and 43 minutes, beating Bruce McTaggart of Vancouver, Canada, by 42 seconds.

    Patrick is no stranger to competitive sports as he was part of the British cross-country ski and biathlon team at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics.
    and now works as a ski sports commentator for British Eurosport and Sky Sports.

    The Women’s Champions Trophy was won by Lizelle Kemp of Dunbar in 1:54:39.

    The organizers would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s race and said they were very indebted to the support boats piloted by Struan and Cameron Smith of Coastal Connection, Neil Matheson, Dr Erik Jespersen, Dr Hue Forbes for have authorized the use of Kilbowie Outdoor Center encore and Donna Barr for all safety cover during the race, without which such an event could not take place.

    Many thanks to the many competitors who traveled from all over the UK and overseas to participate in the race. A very big thank you also to the many companies around Oban who sponsor this event every year.

    Finally, thanks to Stephen Lawson for taking all of his stunning photographs of this event every year in all conditions.

    All proceeds from the Oban Sea Kayak Race go to Oban’s lifeboat.

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    Rain stays out for Bangor Bay sea kayaking race

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    #SeaKayaking – Belfast Lough escaped the rain as the fifth Bangor Bay sea kayaking race took place in superb conditions yesterday afternoon (Saturday 27 May).

    Organized by Jackie Patton of the Ballyholme Yacht Club and members of the Belfast Kayak Club, and with all proceeds going to the RNLI, over 70 kayakers and paddle boarders took to the water in a wide variety of boats, and were seen en route by a volunteer Bangor RNLI crew.

    Before entering the water, each kayak was checked by the organizers to ensure that it met the required safety standards and that each competitor was appropriately dressed.

    Delighted with the turnout, Jackie Patton said afterwards: “This event gets better every year, with more boats participating, and the pre-race checks give us the perfect opportunity to reinforce key safety messages with the kayakers. . “

    Peter E Bullick, RNLI Community Safety Officer, was also on hand to provide safety advice to competitors.

    After the event, the awards ceremony was held at the Ballyholme Yacht Club, and Bangor RNLI Lifeboat Operations Director Kevin Byers thanked everyone for their generosity and said it was events like this one who provided vital funds to the RNLI.

    Unfortunately, the start of the race was delayed by an unrelated accident on one of the yacht club’s holds while safety boats were launched.

    The Bangor RNLI crew were among the first to attend and were able to put their first aid training into practice by helping to hoist the victim into the ambulance.

    Coxswain Gareth Whan said: “There are always danger points when launching boats, and this accident highlights the fact that accidents happen both out of the water and on the water.

    “The crew and I were delighted to be able to provide assistance to the victim, and we wish him a good recovery.”

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    Here is a stylish ‘nesting’ sea kayak

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    Pakayak’s Bluefin 14, now on the market, is a sleek 14ft sectional kayak that folds inside itself to just 3.5ft for storage and transport.


    Editor’s Note: This article, originally published in 2016, was updated in November 2018 to provide readers with more recent information.


    I live in a 720 square foot apartment in the middle of Minneapolis, Minn., A state whose tagline is “Land of 10,000 lakes.” There is literally a chain of lakes a few blocks from my door.

    While a few options, such as the Oru folding kayak and inflatable SUPs, could both put me on the water and be stored in my closet, the Pakayak is a new option that the brand claims works like a standard hard-sided touring kayak.

    Packable kayak

    Pakayak launched its first sectional kayak, the Bluefin 14, as a Start-up project in June 2016. It was an instant success as he accumulated $ 546,562, surpassing his fundraising goal of $ 427,325 and catapulting the brand into full-fledged production mode.

    folded pakayak kayak

    The Pakayak bluefin tuna 14 is a 14ft hard shell touring kayak that weighs 55 lbs, is made of a resin formulated for rotomolded kayaks and has a maximum capacity of 275 lbs.

    It’s not the lightest kayak you’ll see, but the real kicker is the compressibility.

    The kayak is “cut” into six pieces, which all fit together to form a 3-foot, 6-inch unit for transport or storage. When the water beckons, the nested boat assembles in less than five minutes, sections clamping together with a force that forms a tight seal.

    Sea kayaking abilities

    Even with the magic of the nest, the bluefin tuna 14 doesn’t skimp on standard sea kayaking equipment. Two bulkheads seal the front and rear compartments, and a padded, fold-down seat and backrest will keep you on the water longer. Also included: adjustable toe clips, reflective safety lines, bungee deck rigging, front and rear handles, and more.

    It can be used with a rudder, which is purchased separately.

    Ally
    Ally “portable canoe” folds into a box

    The “folding canoe” arrived in a box that fits in the back seat of my Toyota Corolla. At 44 pounds, this canoe could ostensibly be transported on an airplane or across the Himalayas strapped on the back of a yak. Read more…

    The design of the sectional kayak is patented and the Pakayak a team of four water lovers worked on the concept for a total of four and a half years. In February 2016, they were testing and playing on their prototypes, perfecting the grippers and preparing the unit for the public.

    kayak pakayak bluefin 14

    The brand claims the boat does not handle any differently from a typical sea kayak, gliding easily in open water (see video below).

    New system, ecological vision

    We have been proponents of inflatable kayaks for years, praising their packing capacity and ease of use. That said, The Pakayak system is a welcome addition to the water sports market, bringing us a hard plastic sea kayak that can be placed in an elevator, stowed in a closet, thrown in the back of a convertible, and even carried on an airplane. The possibilities are endless with a 14ft kayak that dissolves into a 3.5ft unit.

    nested and full pakayak

    The company plans to use its success to preserve waterways and marine life. Each Pakayak model will be named after an endangered marine animal or fish, with a percentage of the profits from each sale going towards efforts to save that particular species.

    Pakayak available to order online

    Since the success of Pakayak Launch campaign, they worked hard to fill Kickstarter orders (the first Kickstarter Pakayaks shipped in March 2018) and finalize production. The Bluefin 14, which sells for $ 1,795 in-line, comes in four colors and includes a carry bag that fits the 3.5ft unit into, allowing you to throw the ‘yak over your shoulders and boat to the water.

    If your square footage is limited, your car is tiny, and / or you just want a sturdy kayak without the headache of storage issues, your day will get better.

    More information // Buy now


    –This article was sponsored by Pakayak. Discover their kayaks online at Pakayak.com.

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    The Salish Sea Kayaking School offers lessons for beginners to intermediate paddlers and ski racers to the sea

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    Kelly Patrick, co-owner of the Salish Sea Kayak School, was born and raised in Idaho, but always hoped to someday live near water.

    “There isn’t a lot of water in Idaho,” she laughs. “It’s usually dry or frozen.”

    Patrick moved to Bellingham several years ago and took his first kayaking lesson within six months of landing in Whatcom County.

    “I immediately fell in love with it,” she says. “And I decided that not only did I want to enjoy the sport for my own enjoyment, but also to help others explore this area and learn to love the sport as much as I did.”

    Ted Wang had been a sea kayaking instructor for years before Patrick started paddling. The couple met and quickly taught the sport together.

    When Patrick and Wang opened their Salish Sea Kayaking School in Bellingham last fall, their goal was to improve the experience of kayaking students in the area.

    They did just that.

    Due to the leadership changes at their former employer, the couple’s teaching experience – something Patrick and Wang had long been passionate about – began to deteriorate.

    “We wanted to limit the number of students in a class so that not only did they get the most out of it, but the class was safer for everyone involved,” says Patrick.

    bellingham kayak schoolWang and Patrick are both certified American Canoe Association instructors, and the guidelines of this organization require that any class of more than four students have two instructors. By the time the couple left their previous positions, they were teaching eleven classes, often in rough waters.

    “It had just gotten to the point where it wasn’t safe anymore and it wasn’t fun,” says Patrick.

    The couple also wanted to have direct control over the equipment in which they boarded their students, for greater safety.

    “And we wanted the flexibility of being able to develop our own curriculum and teach wherever we wanted,” she says.

    Now, completely in charge of their own school, Patrick and Wang decide everything.

    “If a student wants to learn how to deal with eddies and currents, we can take them to the Deception Pass,” says Patrick. “If we have a student who is going to paddle ski in the sea for the first time, we can teach him basic skills at Bellingham Bay. “

    Patrick and Wang’s ultimate goal with the Salish Sea Kayak School is to empower people to take ownership of the sport.

    The primary education season, depending on the weather, begins around the end of April and runs from September to mid-October.

    Patrick and Wang paddle year round and are happy to teach all winter as well.

    “Having said that, we are not able to provide drysuits for our students, so a student who wants to go out in the winter should have their own equipment because it is so cold.”

    The Salish Sea Kayaking School provides wetsuits for all students – in fact, they provide just about everything needed to learn the sport, from boats and paddles to life jackets and spray skirts. A list of additional things students should bring to class is detailed on the Salish Sea Kayak School. website.

    The school offers several possibilities for kayaking lessons. One is a series of 10 hour courses that take place over three weeks.

    “It brings you back to square one,” says Patrick. “This is what a kayak looks like, this is where you sit – the basics. Students will complete the course being able to save themselves if they overtake, rescue their paddling partners, maneuver the boat and be prepared not to pass.

    bellingham sea kayakPatrick and Wang are adding a class for people who don’t have time for the 10 hour class or just want to dive in and see if they like the sport. “This will be a three to four hour course that gets them through the basics in one day,” says Patrick, “basically get on a boat and see if they want to take the next course.”

    The couple teach frequently in Bellingham Bay, Padden Lake, and Whatcom Lake, but are flexible in other locations; they taught at Bowman Bay in Skagit County and are willing to go as far north as Birch Bay, among others.

    “Some people have phobias about salt water, so we can teach in the lakes,” says Patrick. “If the conditions are unfavorable, we may be able to move to another location. “

    They are able to customize both the schedule and the course content to meet the needs of the students. “Our goal is to maximize accessibility and convenience for our students,” explains Patrick.

    With Ski to Sea just around the corner, the Salish Sea Kayak School offers a refresher course for people who paddle a kayak and who may not have been in a boat since this year’s race. last.

    They also offer a basic skills course for Sea To Ski participants – people who may have been invited to be part of a team but have never done a kayak.

    “It happens a lot,” says Patrick, laughing.

    Patrick and Wang have both been lifeguards for Ski to Sea and have seen many novice boaters pass by – often in rough waters and submerged in cold water.

    sea ​​kayaking school“It should be such an exciting and fun event, but by the time they get to the end, they’re tired and miserable and cold,” Patrick says. “It would be just great to see people enjoying it – and a crash course will help them do that.”

    Patrick and Wang love to teach and kayak – so of course it’s rewarding to do both – and to do it with their own business.

    One of the most satisfying parts of the job for Patrick is watching newbies discovering that they can kayaking – even if they think they can’t.

    “I can’t tell you how many students I’ve had them say, without even thinking about it, ‘I can’t do this,’” said Patrick. “Watching them overcome that – whether it’s a fear or finding out that they have a skill or physical strength – it’s very rewarding. “

    The Salish Sea Kayak School offers discounts on kayaking lessons to Ski to Sea participants throughout the month leading up to the race. Find out more about the Ski to Sea Refresher and Basic Skills courses here, and email [email protected] or call 888.858.8411 for more information.

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    The Sea Kayak Symposium attracts more than 70 kayakers

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    The Isle of Man Annual Sea Kayaking Symposium took place during the last week of September and this year attracted over 70 kayakers from the United States, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, from Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as part of the growing number of local kayakers. Island kayakers. The symposium is hosted by the Adventurous Experiences Adventure Sports Center and sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

    Keirron Tastagh, Director of Adventurous Experiences and Head Coach, said: “The island is now firmly recognized as a world-class site for sea kayaking. This year many international kayakers have visited us for the first time. , their feedback on what the island has to offer has been amazing. ”

    Keirron also said: “The symposium is only possible with the sponsorship of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and the support of Sea Kayaking UK”.

    The event allows visiting kayakers to train in the wide range of conditions encountered on the island under the supervision of renowned sea kayaking coaches, supported by the local Adventurous Experiences coaching team. A circumnavigation of the Calf of Man and excursion to Chicken Rock Lighthouse, tide racing practice in Calf Sound and surfing in Gansey Bay are various highlights of this year’s event.

    Launched in 2003 to promote the Isle of Man as a sea kayaking destination, the annual Isle of Man Sea Kayak & International Training Weekend Symposium is now a sister event to the Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium in May, held by Nigel Dennis. Nigel, a world sea kayaking explorer held a conference at the Claremont, Douglas hotel over the weekend on the development of modern sea kayaking and some of the incredible expeditions he has been on including the very first circumnavigation of the Great Britain in 1980, bypassing Cape Horn in 1992 and several crossings from Gibraltar to Morocco.

    Mark Woodward, Managing Director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, said: “This is a strong event that showcases the variety of sea conditions available around the island. The Steam Packet Company is especially happy to be involved in something that helps expand tourism and brings money to the island’s economy during the quieter shoulder period. “

    Photo – some of the participants at this year’s Symposium.

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    The Sea Kayak Symposium attracts more than 70 kayakers

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    The Isle of Man Annual Sea Kayaking Symposium took place in the last week of September and this year attracted over 70 kayakers from the United States, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Spain and the UK, as well as part of the growing number of local kayakers. Island kayakers. The symposium is hosted by the Adventurous Experiences Adventure Sports Center and sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

    Keirron Tastagh, Director of Adventurous Experiences and Head Coach, said: “The island is now firmly recognized as a world-class site for sea kayaking. This year many international kayakers have visited us for the first time. , their feedback on what the island has to offer has been amazing. ”

    Keirron also said: “The symposium is only possible with the sponsorship of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and the support of Sea Kayaking UK”.

    The event allows visiting kayakers to train in the wide range of conditions encountered on the island under the supervision of renowned sea kayaking coaches, supported by the local Adventurous Experiences coaching team. A circumnavigation of the Calf of Man and excursion to Chicken Rock Lighthouse, tide racing practice in Calf Sound and surfing in Gansey Bay are various highlights of this year’s event.

    Launched in 2003 to promote the Isle of Man as a sea kayaking destination, the annual Isle of Man Sea Kayak & International Training Weekend Symposium is now a sister event to the Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium in May, hosted by Nigel Dennis. Nigel, a world sea kayaking explorer held a conference at the Claremont, Douglas hotel over the weekend on the development of modern sea kayaking and some of the incredible expeditions he has been on including the very first circumnavigation of the Great Britain in 1980, bypassing Cape Horn in 1992 and several crossings from Gibraltar to Morocco.

    Mark Woodward, Managing Director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, said: “This is a strong event that showcases the variety of sea conditions available around the island. The Steam Packet Company is especially happy to be involved in something that helps expand tourism and brings money to the island’s economy during the quieter shoulder period. “

    Photo – some of the participants at this year’s Symposium.

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