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80391

Beal Island Canoe & Sea Kayak Weekend

Paddling Date: Fri May 22, 2015 - Mon May 25, 2015

Tidewater Canoe and Sea Kayak Camping Weekend. Easy paddling, good food and informal instruction available. This is a good introduction to a Tidewater Paddling area that is ideal for sea kayaking. We have the option of both introductory and advanced canoe or sea kayak day trips from Beal Island. Deposit required: $92 AMC members/ $107 non-AMC members (does not include boat rental)

Activity Category: Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
State: ME
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Kenneth Kaiser kkaiser@alum.mit.edu 978-664-5984 (before 9 pm)
Co-Leader: Donna Jean Kaiser (E-mail Donna Jean Kaiser)
81862

class II Whitewater: Fife Brook Section of Deerfield

Paddling Date: Sat May 23, 2015 - Sun May 24, 2015

class 2 leaders choice whitewater - paddle the best cl2 river. boat and gear rentals available. All boats must have floatation.

Activity Category: Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers Website
Leader: Melanie Rausch (E-mail Melanie Rausch)
82930

Assabet River Sunset Paddle

Paddling Date: Tue May 26, 2015

Join us after work for a leisurely, two-hour, sunset paddle on the Assabet River in Maynard. 100 yard carry to put in. Headlamp and PFD required.

Activity Category: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Dan Foster (E-mail Dan Foster)
Registrar: Dan Foster (E-mail Dan Foster)
81309

AMC Sea Kayak Leader's Tune Up

Paddling Date: Sat May 30, 2015 - Sun May 31, 2015

Annual organizational and instructional event for AMC sea kayak leaders, co-leaders, and experienced paddlers (members from all chapters are welcome). The training on Saturday will include: strokes, rescues, scenarios, and trip planning, and will take place on Lake Cochichuate, Natick. The training on Sunday will include: pre-launch briefing, navigation, group cohesion, safety, and leadership, and will take place in Boston Harbor.

Activity Category: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers Website
Leader: Dennis Blejer blejer@ll.mit.edu
Registrar: Dennis Blejer Blejer@LL.MIT.edu
81859

Intermediate Tune-up Class

Paddling Date: Sat May 30, 2015

Are you feeling a little rusty as the paddling season gets into full swing? This class is designed to tune-up your basic skills and develop a variety of intermediate paddling skills. The course will focus on challenging students in relatively easy whitewater in preparation for more difficult whitewater. River choice TBD on water levels prior to the class. Students should be comfortable in class 2+/3- whitewater, have a good flatwater roll, and have at least a 50% chance of a combat roll in class 2 whitewater. Students should plan to devote a full day to this class.

AMC trip leaders are encouraged to attend and will receive a discount if they agree to lead a paddling trip this year

Activity Category: Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers Website
Leader: Barrett Phillips (E-mail Barrett Phillips) 804-305-1659
83001

Class 2 Whitewater - Fife Brook section of Deerfield

Paddling Date: Sun May 31, 2015

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to knock off the rust and avoid the Saturday crowds by joining us on a Class II trip on the Fife! Boats must have floatation. Contact Leader for rental info.

Activity Category: Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Mark Renson (E-mail Mark Renson)
82733

L2 Strokes Clinic

Paddling Date: Wed June 3, 2015

This trip is intended for paddlers interested in improving their stokes. We will paddle out of Witches Spring Creek from the Odiorne ramp parking lot (if not open the small dirt lot across the creek) to the sandy Odiorne side of Little Harbor. We will work on torso rotation while paddling a variety of different strokes, including Forward, Sweep, Reverse, Draw and Sculling. If we have time we can work on the bow and stern rudder and side slip strokes.

Must have a 14.5 or longer sea kayak with bulkheads of flotation, and must be able to perform a wet exit. Wear a wet/dry suit if you have one, and check out the condition of your PDF if this is your first trip in 2015.

Activity Category: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: New Hampshire, Seacoast
State: NH
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: No
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Gerald Smith softsmithjr@msn.com
82782

Pond Socials for Paddlers

Paddling Date: Wed June 3, 2015

Come to our Wednesday evening (5:30 pm - dark, May 20 - Sept. 16) pond socials! These are informal get-togethers at a pond in Concord (near Walden Pond) to practice paddling skills, roll whitewater kayaks and play around.
Everyone is welcome to join us with their own boat! We have WW kayak rentals for $10. You must be able to transport the kayak from the boathouse to the pond and back (approx. 5 miles).
This is NOT an instructional/ class and knowledge of basic boating skills are necessary including demonstrating a wet exit before paddling on the pond (you will flip the kayak over and exit from under the water.) Pizza social at a local restaurant after for those interested! Contact the registrar with any questions.

Activity Category: Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking, Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Melanie Rausch (E-mail Melanie Rausch)
Registrar: Melanie Rausch pondsocials@amcbostonpaddlers.org
82032

ACA Kayak Instructor Development Workshop (IDW)

Paddling Date: Sat June 6, 2015 - Sun June 7, 2015

Instructor Development Workshop component of ACA instructor certification. Contact leader for more info.

Activity Category: Paddling - Whitewater
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
State: NH
Country: USA
Status: Wait Listed
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Chris Rolt chris_rolt@yahoo.com
81770

Beginning Whitewater Kayak Instruction: Series A

Paddling Date: Tue June 9, 2015 - Sun June 14, 2015

Experience the excitement of whitewater kayaking in a fun and supportive environment with an outstanding group of paddlers. Students will learn basic kayak strokes, maneuvers, and water safety skills on a local pond in Concord, then travel to the river during a weekend trip for a two-day instructional trip on Class 1-2 whitewater. Beginner Instructionals are taught in accordance to American Canoe Association (ACA) standards for Whitewater Kayaking. Students must be comfortable on and in the water and able to transport their own gear. Dates: June 9, 11, 13-14 Tuition: $150/$170, Member/Non-Members. (-$60 with own gear) Camping/meals (~$50) not included. To apply, send your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email, AMC membership number, height & weight (for boat assignment), and Series preference (A, B) to: Beginner Kayak Registrar, c/o Dan Bennis, 300 main st. Spencer ma 01562. Include a check payable to "AMC Paddlers Committee" for payment. If you do not have an email address, please include a self-addressed/stamped envelope for course mailings. For questions about the class, please e-mail AMCKayak@aol.com.

Activity Category: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Matthew Selby (E-mail Matthew Selby) 508-529-0135
Registrar: Dan Bennis (E-mail Dan Bennis)
81858

Introduction to Whitewater Canoeing

Paddling Date: Tue June 9, 2015 - Sun June 14, 2015

Introduction to Whitewater Canoeing
Ever wanted to learn to paddle a whitewater canoe? Whether you have never paddled a canoe before, are an experienced whitewater kayaker looking for a new challenge, or anywhere in-between this class is for you. We will begin with land instruction and practicing skills on a pond. After two nights of pond instruction, we will take our skills and apply them to Class I and Class II whitewater. Students need to be able to transport their boats from the boathouse to the pond and river, and be comfortable in water. Contact the registrar with any questions.

Activity Category: Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers Website
Leader: Dan Bennis (E-mail Dan Bennis) 207-653-1043
Registrar: Dan Bennis
82016

Kayak Rolling 202: Kayak River Rolling

Paddling Date: Fri June 12, 2015 - Sat June 13, 2015

River Rolling 202: Often neglected in paddling circles, the bombproof roll is making a comeback in 2015. Join us for two days of hard work emphasizing rolling in turbulent river situations. It's going to be fun, but we're going to spend lots of time upside down. Why? Because as your paddling progresses to more difficult levels you really should be able to roll up 99% of the time in class III or IV water. So... if you NEVER miss a roll in the pool/pond, but OCCASIONALLY swim in real river situations, then this class is for you. The course will be taught in a progression of locations moving from flat water (Friday evening at a local pond tweaking technique) through moving current and culminating in a Class III wavehole. The locations will be selected based on water flow and safety. Course Fees: $25/$30 (AMC Members/Non-Members). Camping (~$20) will be arranged for the weekend of the course.

Activity Category: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Orli Gottlieb (E-mail Orli Gottlieb) 603-286-9377
81927

Sea kayaking introduction to Woods Hole

Paddling Date: Sat June 13, 2015

Visit Hadley's Harbor and Weepecket island from Woods Hole. The ~12 mile trip will leave from Trunk River beach, paddle past Nobska lighthouse to Lackey's bay, then meander through Hadley's Harbor in time for lunch on Weepecket island. In the afternoon, we'll paddle downcurrent through Woods Hole passage to Nobska point and Trunk River. The trip is intended for paddlers wishing to paddle this high-current area with controlled exposure to sometimes challenging conditions.
This trip will encounter strong tidal currents and possibly 15-20 knot tailwinds in the afternoon. We will cross Woods Hole passage twice. Paddlers should be experienced and have recently paddled on other AMC level 2 Sea kayaking trips.

Activity Category: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: Massachusetts, Cape Cod
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Josko Catipovic (E-mail Josko Catipovic)
Co-Leader: Jeff Barrell jbarrell@yahoo.com
Registrar: Jeff Barrell jbarrell@yahoo.com
82299

Castle Neck Circumnavigation

Paddling Date: Sun June 14, 2015

This trip has a little bit of everything, protected water, salt marsh, open ocean, and sandy beaches. We'll paddle through salt marsh to Essex Bay, stop for lunch and swimming at the southern end of Crane's beach. Paddle along Crane's beach and stop again at the sand bar before heading into Plum Island Sound. This trip will require minimum length of 14 feet and bulkheads or flotation bags. Pack a lunch and don't forget your towel and sunscreen.

Launch location and time will be provided to registered paddlers.

Activity Category: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Robert Nardone rnardone@hotmail.com
82734

L2 Strokes Clinic

Paddling Date: Wed June 17, 2015

This trip is intended for paddlers interested in improving their stokes. We will paddle out of Witches Spring Creek from the Odiorne ramp parking lot (if not open the small dirt lot across the creek) to the sandy Odiorne side of Little Harbor. We will work on torso rotation while paddling a variety of different strokes, including Forward, Sweep, Reverse, Draw and Sculling. If we have time we can work on the bow and stern rudder and side slip strokes.

Must have a 14.5 or longer sea kayak with bulkheads of flotation, and must be able to perform a wet exit. Wear a wet/dry suit if you have one, and check out the condition of your PDF if this is your first trip in 2015.

Activity Category: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: New Hampshire, Seacoast
State: NH
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: No
External Link: AMCBoston Paddlers
Leader: Gerald Smith softsmithjr@msn.com
82974

Intermediate Whitewater Paddling Kayak Boot Camp

Paddling Date: Fri June 19, 2015 - Sun June 21, 2015

This is a physically intense, and intensely fun, course for people who believe that kayaking will be better if they get better, and, are willing to work very hard to get better. This course, together with your serious effort, will result in a quantum leap in your kayaking ability making you a more confident (but exhausted) Class III paddler. You must be in at least your second season of kayaking, with at least 8 days of paddling last year, and at least 6 days of paddling this year, and, you must have several days of Class III experience. You must have at least a 50% chance of a combat roll, have all of your own equipment, and be in excellent physical condition. Your instructors will be friendly encouraging drill sergeants who love kayaking and teaching. Assuming appropriate water levels the course will be held at The Forks, Maine, on-the-water Friday and Saturday. Download the FAQ page and application from the attached links. If you have a question that is not answered on the FAQ page, or need the FAQ and application emailed to you, please email the leader.

Activity Category: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Maine, Inland
State: ME
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: Facts and Questions
Leader: Jeffrey Pacuska (E-mail Jeffrey Pacuska)
82033

ACA Kayak Instructor Certification exam (ICE)

Paddling Date: Sat June 20, 2015 - Sun June 21, 2015

Exam portion of ACA kayak instructor certification. Contact leader for more info.

Activity Category: Paddling - Whitewater
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Wait Listed
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Chris Rolt chris_rolt@yahoo.com
82829

Introduction to Sea Kayaking, Part 1 - Basics

Paddling Date: Sat June 20, 2015

First part of a 3 part series introducing kayakers to sea kayaking in coastal waters. This session will cover strokes, safety, group cohesion, crossing a boating channel, and rescues. This session will take place in Boston Harbor in protected waters but will conclude with paddling around the Inner Harbor Islands. Basic flat water kayaking skills are required, including the ability to confidently wet exit with a spray skirt. A 14 foot (minimum) kayak with fore and aft bulkheads, spray skirt, and PFD, are required. Sessions 2 and 3 will cover navigation, and paddling in wind, waves, and current, respectively, and take place in July and August.

Activity Category: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Dennis Blejer blejer@ll.mit.edu, Kevin Fredette kevintfredette@gmail.com
Registrar: Dennis Blejer Blejer@LL.MIT.edu
80390

Ipswich River Paddle

Paddling Date: Sun June 21, 2015

Meet at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning at the Topsfield Fairgrounds PARKING LOT Entrance on Rt. 1 in Topsfield MA. If you are coming from the south, take Rt. 95 to Rt. 1 in Topsfield. Continue driving north on Rt. 1. You go down a long hill to the bottom where Rt. 1 crosses the Ipswich River. It is not obvious that you have crossed the Ipswich River, look carefully. Immediately ahead on the right is the Fair Grounds Parking Lot Entrance. You should see a number of vehicles there with canoes on the roof.
We will shuttle to the launch, which is on Rowley Bridge road. Then we shuttle the vehicles to the take out which is at the Bradley Palmer State Forest.
We get on the river by 10:00 am and take out about 3:30 to 4:00 pm.
Bring: canoe or kayak, lunch, drink, water, sun screen, bug repellent, EYEGLASSES RETAINER STRAP, sun hat, life jacket
If you need a boat, please let the leaders know ASAP. If you want to car pool please let the leaders know ASAP.

Activity Category: Paddling - Flatwater
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers Website
Leader: Kenneth Kaiser kkaiser@alum.mit.edu 978-664-5984 (Before 9 PM), Donna Jean Kaiser (E-mail Donna Jean Kaiser) 978-604-1501
Registrar: Kenneth Kaiser kkaiser@alum.mit.edu 978-664-5984 (Before 9 PM)
82931

Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River paddle

Paddling Date: Sun June 21, 2015

Paddle our local nationally designated Wild & Scenic Rivers. Launch at the Lowell Road bridge in Concord. Stop at the Old Calf pasture across from Egg Rock and and then explore the lower Assabet and Sudbury Rivers and upper Concord River. Rest stop at Old North Bridge, walk at Great Meadows and option to end at the Old Manse to particpate in Summer Solstice activities (http://bit.ly/1cytY8t) at 6 pm.
Bring your own canoe/kayak and life jacket (required), or rent at the South Bridge Boat House (978-369-9438, 486 Main Street).

Activity Category: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
State: MA
Country: USA
Status: Open
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: AMC Boston Paddlers
Leader: Bill Fadden (E-mail Bill Fadden) 508-397-0078
Registrar: Bill Fadden (E-mail Bill Fadden) 508-397-0078