This two day advanced paddling clinic will focus on technical and leadership skills for paddling and leading groups in demanding ocean conditions. We will cover technical skills such as various strokes in conditions, managing surf, wind and current, rescues and towing in conditions. Leadership skills such as group awareness and control, trip planning, proper navigation techniques, and on-water repairs will also be covered. This clinic will loosely follow the format of BCU 4 Star Leader Training session modified for participant level and interests.
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
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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. Trip cost: $81 AMC members/ $100 non-AMC members (does not include boat rental)
WHEN REGISTERING PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR WINTER BOOTS (BRAND, PLASTIC OR SINGLE-LAYER) AND WHETHER YOU HAVE USED THEM WITH FULL CRAMPONS. Join us for a challenging winter adventure! Full gear and similar experience required. Early start. L Kevin Fredette, L Stephen Conlin.
Join the Paddlers Committee for OARS 26th Annual River Cleanup from 9 am - noon on Saturday, September 15. Our team will work in Hudson, along the Assabet River. Or join another location along the Assabet, Sudbury, or Concord River in Acton, Concord, Framingham, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, or Westborough. The morning of rewarding work, with friendly people, will be followed by a pizza celebration along the river! Volunteers should wear long pants and shoes that can get wet and dirty. Bring work gloves if you have them.
Explore the Sherborn section of the Charles River on kayak or canoe. We will float through historic sections of the river, with ample wildlife. Plan to be on the water by 10AM. Must have a PFD and be comfortable in your boat.
Explore the Redwing Bay section of the Charles River by kayak or canoe. This scenic section of the river features bird life, with little nearby traffic. Plan to be on the water by 10AM. Must have a PFD and be comfortable in your boat. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch.
Sea Kayaking in Penobscot Bay and camp on MITA islands near Vinalhaven for two nights and three days. Our goal is to reach Vinalhaven if conditions permit - winds, seas, and weather can change the best laid plans. Camping on MITA islands is a rewarding experience that we supplement with great food and company. This trip is for experienced paddlers who can pack their own boat, launch and land with loaded boats, and maneuver a loaded kayak in variable ocean conditions. Expect to paddle 12-20 miles with 2-4 mile open water crossing with swells or chop.
Thacher Island, Rockport L 2Exposed paddle from Rockport to Thacher Island, approx. 10 miles. Plan to be on the water by 10AM. Must have kayak with bulkheads, a PFD and skirt, and be comfortable doing wet exits. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch.
Explore Belle Isle and Winthrop by seakayak. Relatively well protected paddle through a prized birding area with possible paddle toward Deer Island. 6-10 miles. Plan to be on the water by 10AM. Must have kayak with bulkheads, a PFD and skirt, and be comfortable doing wet exits. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch. Registration required.
Boston Harbor is a gem for paddling. We will paddle a loop, visiting Spectacle, Georges, perhaps other islands if winds and weather allow. Plan on a 12 mile, somewhat leisurely paddle (Level 2). Protected water with some boat traffic.