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.

Cl 2 whitewater tune up

Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:00 AM to Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:00 AM

The tune up trip will consist of informal practice of skills (river and rescue), technique, group organization, and paddling scenarios. This is not an instructional it is meant to get us reacquainted, and back on the water after a year of Covid cancellations and postponements. 1 day or 2 day availability. Camping in the area will be open. Other accommodations available nearby. Cold water gear required. No group food planned, bring your own. The Trip Leader will bring a stove and grill for group use.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Whitewater
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Craig McKinnon wwoc1@yahoo.com
Susan Carter Carter.susie@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Jeff Pacuska jpacuska@yahoo.com

Boston Harbor

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Mid-week paddle in Boston Harbor is quiet and relaxing. We'll paddle out to Rainsford, Georges, or other islands depending on conditions and group desire. Requirements are a kayak >15' and ability to paddle a moderate pace in level 2 conditions (<15kt wind, <3' seas, 8-12 n-mi). Weather and conditions might move this day +/- one day.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeff Barrell

Jeff has led kayak trips with AMC for dozens of years, including Maine camping trips. He is currently chair of Boston Paddling committee.

James Slack
Coleader: 
Jeff Barrell

Tune Up Info Session

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Are you interested in becoming a Sea kayak trip leader? Before joining us at the annual SK Tune Up, this zoom session will introduce the process involved with leading safe trips. Topics such as trip levels, the posting process, screening participants, and essential on-the-water skills will be discussed. Participants will break into three sessions (break-out rooms) to further discuss Saturday's activities on the water.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Canceled
Leader: 
Elaine Batzer eabatzer@comcast.net

Sea Kayak Spring Tune Up

Saturday, May 29, 2021 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

If you are interested in becoming a Sea kayak trip leader, or if you are a current leader, join us to kick off the 2021 season. This event has an introductory portion on Zoom, Wednesday May 26, where we will review the basic elements of SK leadership and also break new participants into groups based on skill levels. On Saturday May 29, these groups will meet with various SK leaders to review strokes, rescues, trip planning procedures, and participate in rescue scenarios.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Elaine Batzer eabatzer@comcast.net (781-956-1386; before 7pm)

Sea Kayak skills improvement clinic

Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 AM to Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:00 PM

This three-day clinic will focus on familiarization in tidal current. We'll start with an overview of bracing strokes in calm water, progress to a controlled-current location, and the last day exposure to current features typically found in coastal high-current areas. While not a substitute for professional coaching, this clinic will help paddlers deal with tidal currents and a foundation for paddling in more demanding environments.
First day is 5/29 on lake Cochituate, second is 5/30 in Woods Hole, and third will be picked later (likely 6/6).

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Josko Catipovic (401-862-1584; 1800-2000)

Josko is an AMC leader familiar with the Woods Hole area.

Boston Harbor

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

A mid-week paddle in Boston Harbor to one or more islands for lunch. The harbor is quiet during the week and this will be a casual tour (12-15nmi) at a moderate pace. You must have a suitable boat (>14') and experience with wet exits and assisted rescues. You must be capable of maintaining a moderate pace for the distance mentioned.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeff Barrell

Jeff has led AMC kayak trips in MA, NH, and ME for dozens of years. He is currently chair of Boston Paddler committee.

Coleader: 
Jeff Barrell

Paddle the Upper Charles River to Rocky Narrows

Saturday, June 12, 2021 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join us for an easy paddle on the upper Charles River through Natick, Dover, & Sherborn to Rocky Narrows, about 10 miles RT. Much of this stretch is undeveloped, such as Audubon's Broadmoor sanctuary and Peters Reservation. Heron and beaver are often spotted in this section.
Canoes and rec boats are welcome on this trip and expect an easy pace. You must wear a PFD and be capable of maneuvering your boat around obstacles.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Flatwater
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Wait Listed
Leader: 
Jeff Barrell

Jeff has led sea kayak and ski trips for AMC for many years. His favorite summer activity is camping on Maine islands.

Coleader: 
Bill Swanton

Bill Swanton is a four season leader with Boston Chapter Forty Plus Committee and also the chairman of the committee. For a change of pace from the 4000 footers, he often leads trips from the 52 With a View list. In the warmer weather he also lead2 flat water paddling trips.

Mimi Zucker

Intro to Coastal Kayaking - Strokes & Maneuvers

Saturday, June 12, 2021 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

This is Part 1 of a 3-Part instructional series designed to introduce paddlers to kayaking along the ocean coast.

In this session, we will begin with a foundation of paddle strokes you will need to control and maneuver your kayak. We will look at edging your kayak to improve your turns and counteract wind and currents. We will discuss wind, waves, and currents and their effect on the kayak. Finally, we will work on balance and bracing to improve your comfort and prevent capsizing.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Marty Jensen marty.jensen@live.com

Marty's first kayak was a skin-on-frame kit he built with his Dad when he was 14. He's been paddling small boats ever since. He has been an AMC member for more years than he can remember but only recently started volunteering as a sea kayak trip leader. He holds ACA Trip Leader and ACA L2 Coastal Kayak Instructor certifications.

Introduction to paddling Woods Hole

Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 AM

Visit Hadley's Harbor and Elizabeth islands from Woods Hole. The ~12 mile trip will cross Woods Hole channel at slack tide to Lackey's bay, then meander through Hadley's Harbor in time for lunch on one of the Elizabeth islands. In the afternoon, we'll paddle downcurrent through Woods Hole passage back to the launch.
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 with assisted rescues and paddling in level 2 conditions.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Josko Catipovic (401-862-1584; 1800-2000)

Josko is a BCU 4* sea kayak leader with experience paddling the Woods Hole area

Coleader: 
Michael Dangelo

Michael is a Boston chapter sea kayakinbg co-leader

Intro to Coastal Kayaking - Safety & Rescues

Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

This is Part 2 of a 3-Part instructional series designed to introduce paddlers to kayaking along the ocean coast.

In this session, we will focus on the safety gear every coastal paddler should have with them and how to use it. We will discuss emergency communication on the water (VHF radio, cell phone or satellite). We will practice both self-rescue (with a paddle float) and assisted rescues in the event of a capsize.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Marty Jensen marty.jensen@live.com

Marty's first kayak was a skin-on-frame kit he built with his Dad when he was 14. He's been paddling small boats ever since. He has been an AMC member for more years than he can remember but only recently started volunteering as a sea kayak trip leader. He holds ACA Trip Leader and ACA L2 Coastal Kayak Instructor certifications.

Intro to Coastal Kayaking - Planning & Navigation

Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

This is Part 3 of a 3-Part instructional series designed to introduce paddlers to kayaking along the ocean coast.

In this session, we will focus on planning and preparing for a day trip along the coast. We will meet on Zoom a few days before the class and go over nautical charts, tides, weather, and contingency planning. We'll assign everyone homework to plan our trip along the coast. On the day of the class, we'll discuss our plans and then navigate along our chosen route.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Marty Jensen marty.jensen@live.com

Marty's first kayak was a skin-on-frame kit he built with his Dad when he was 14. He's been paddling small boats ever since. He has been an AMC member for more years than he can remember but only recently started volunteering as a sea kayak trip leader. He holds ACA Trip Leader and ACA L2 Coastal Kayak Instructor certifications.

Circumnavigate Cape Ann

Sunday, July 18, 2021 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

This is a 19 n-mi (23 mi) tour around Cape Ann out of Gloucester. Participants will need to have a worthy boat (>16') and capable of maintaining a 2.3kt (2.75 mph) pace for hours between breaks. The pace and distance make this a level 3 or strenuous trip, not for the casual paddler. The open side (east) of Cape Ann is exposed to open water, so we hope for calm water and gentle breezes. If conditions are poor, we shall consider an alternative objective in the area.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeff Barrell

Jeff has led AMC paddling and ski trips for dozens of years. He is currently paddling committee chair.

Coleader: 
Colin Clark
CSV