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Val M.


Schenectady, NY

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May 23, 2012

How would you describe your kayaking experience? e.g. beginner (not been out yet to a few times), novice(been out more than a dozen times), kayak regularly (been out lots of times),been-there-done- that.(out in all conditions)

I have been kayaking on a regular basis for over ten years. I just recently kayaked for over a month at Pine Island in FL. I was in some beautiful water with all sorts of wildlife. It is fun being in a kayak with skates, dolphins and all sorts of birds.

Do you own a kayak? If so, what kind?

I own a Tarpon Ultralight 120 sot and a Sea Eagle 380 inflatable. I have also had a Tarpon 120 and 140 angler. They just were two heavy for me to handle. I love the ultralight and purchased a Thule Hullivator which has made a big difference loading and unloading my kayak.

Do you accept responsibility for your own safety while kayaking with the group? yes or no.

I accept responsibility for my safety and that of others when kayking.

Are you aware of safety gear and how to use it? Please write briefly about a safety item that you use when you kayak and why you use it?

I always use a life jacket I consider it the most valuable piece of equipment. I also have a whistle and horn.

What sort of kayaking are you hoping to do with this group? (and be creative here... locations, scheduling, distances/lengths of time, etc.)

I'm open to any sort of kayaking. The most I have kayaked in one day has been 5 hours. I want to join a group so I can discover new places and learn from people who share my enthusiasm for the sport.


I love the outdoors am into camping, biking, hiking and fishing. I also enjoy cooking and photography. I have been looking to connect with groups of people who enjoy kayaking.

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