Activities for the Paddling Committee
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This page lists trips sponsored by the Paddling Committee. To see all trips sponsored by the Boston Chapter, see our search page. To find trips sponsored by other chapters, use the club-wide trip search page.
Come to our Wednesday evening (5:30 pm - dark, June 8 - Aug 31) 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).
Introduction to sea kayaking will be taught on a lake in Amesbury, MA. Sea kayaks, paddles and pfds will be provided (if you own your own, it must be 14+ feet and decked over with sealed floatation compartments - contact the leader)
Learn how to adjust the fit of a sea kayak and learn the basic strokes. After a paddle up a nearby river for lunch we will return to the put-in area to learn group rescue techniques.
Fee: $60 AMC members ($70 non-members 0) for equipment and instruction.
AMC seakayak leader with experience paddling along the MA north shore
Paddle class II whitewater on the Deerfield River.
Boat and gear rentals available. All boats must have floatation.
Intermediate paddle in Hingham Harbor, 10-12 miles at a moderate pace (3 knots typical). We may lunch at Wahlburgers in the Weymouth Back River so bring your appetite. Expect to stop at a few islands and scenic points along the way. Participants need to be able to keep pace with the group and able to do the mileage. Hingham Harbor becomes rough if the wind kicks up so experience in open water paddling is required. Kayaks must be 14 feet or longer with stern and bow bulkheads.
Dennis Blejer is a Boston Chapter Sea Kayak Leader with ACA certifications in Open Water Skills and Coastal Kayak Trip Leadership
Tired of seeing those rapids at eye-level? Embarrassed about those scratches on the DECK of your boat? Spend two evenings on a local pond and learn to roll your whitewater kayak-the skill most likely to boost your paddling confidence and level of safety! Participants should be prepared to be in the water 2 hours per session. This clinic is for whitewater kayakers only. Graduates of this year's Beginner Kayak Instructionals will get first priority for enrollment. Please specify any previous rolling experience or rolling requests when registering. Dates: July 11 & 13.
A summer favorite! The Dead River is an all day paddle along 15miles of continuous whitewater in a wilderness location. Saturday 2400cfs, Sunday1800 cfs
Camp for the weekend, and take a local shuttle to the put-in. Suitable for experienced paddlers with a Class lll rating/skills; Kayakers require a combat roll for this trip.
To signup, contact leader and provide a short summary of your paddling experience, including if you have paddled on the Dead River previously, and if so, list the water level.