On the Water And In The Woods

Sea kayaking, sailing, and lightweight backpacking in the-Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Atlantic region

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hypothermia in the water - first person account

As sea kayakers our greatest cause of death on the water is through hypothermia. Here is a first hand account of a long distance open water swimmer who went hypothermic on one of her swims. In particular, note as her internal reasoning declines during the event:


Keep warm out there!

Friday, February 06, 2009

SK101 - Sea Kayaking 101 - Is Coming!

The Chesapeake Paddlers Association will sponsor SK 101, a one-day seminar on sea kayaking. The seminar will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the West River Center, West River, Maryland. Presentations will include types of kayaks, paddles, safety equipment, and gear; where to paddle; and other topics of interest. There will be boats and gear on display, and knowledgeable people will be available to discuss different aspects of kayaking. This event is primarily for the new paddler; however, everyone is invited to expand their paddling horizons. Cost is $20 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and handouts. Registration is required.

Dave Biss, Coordinator of the CPA, stated, “SK 101: An Introduction to Sea Kayaking is a great opportunity for people who are just getting started or are new to the sport of sea kayaking. Here is a chance to meet and listen to others talk about their experiences and their love of the sport. Interested newcomers can gain hands-on understanding of essential gear, get indispensable advice from experienced kayakers, and see demonstrations of techniques. This is a winter kayaking event not to be missed."

More information and SK 101 registration forms are available on the web at http://www.cpakayaker.com/sk10109.php, at many local outfitters, and from Gina Cicotello at 240-305-0922. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Applications received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list.

The mission of the Chesapeake Paddlers Association is to help people safely enjoy sea kayaking and to promote safe paddling practices through the education of the local sea kayaking community and the interested public. Club activities may include, but are not limited to, kayak trips, kayak camping trips, instructional workshops, informal weekday evening paddles, and any other activities consistent with the mission that members of the club wish to organize. The club sponsors a website, newsletter, and on-line forums. The Chesapeake Paddlers Association has over 600 members and is a completely volunteer-run organization. More information is available at http://www.cpakayaker.com/.