Rockville, MD
Hometown: Baltimore

Member since:

November 16, 2011

A PFD (Personal Floatation Device) is required for all of our paddles. Do you have your own PFD or have acces to one?

Yes, a Kokatat Bahia Tour PFD with a very loud whistle in case I wander off the water trail.

Please tell us a little about your previous kayaking experience. It's okay if you don't have a lot of experience.

Seven years of occasional flatwater day paddles, a few Potomac River canoe camping trips, and one awesome 4-day camping/sea kayaking trip on Pamlico Sound in NC. That sold me on doing more kayak campouts! I also tried WW kayaking classes this past summer, and learned that I enjoy Class I or II (easy) river runs where I don't need a roll. I've hugely enjoyed my kayaking romps, even though I'm still trying to blend the flatwater & whitewater skills together...

What kind or type of kayak(s) do you own? If you'll be renting or borrowing from a friend that's okay too. We also have rental kayaks for members to use.

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 (touring)

Why do you kayak? Some people paddle to relax and get away from it all outdoors, others to stay fit. The real crazies paddle just for the joy and fun of it. What's your reason?

All of the above. I love anything in or on the water. Sitting in a boat is much more fun to me than hauling a backpack along a trail. The scenery's better and you can see a lot more of it. Kayaking just feels good, too - it's kind of like wet yoga, so I can paddle all day and not be sore. I also like camping, and there's so many lovely places to camp along the water. However, I'm not wild about cold-weather paddling, so you'll see me when it warms up again.

What do you hope to get out of joining this group? Some people want to improve their paddling skills others just want to socialize with fellow paddlers. Is there anything special you're looking for?

I'm excited about meeting new friends to have fun and experienced company for these adventures. Always have a buddy with you! This group's members sound like they actually are buddies, which is nice. I also want to learn how to navigate on the water and find put-ins/take-outs for great paddling trips.


Hi, I'm looking for friendly people to help me improve my skills and introduce me to great places around Maryland for kayak camping or day paddling.

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Fun group and happy to share everything - food, experience, boat talk, etc.

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