OUR MISSION: If you have been thinking of trying kayaking or canoeing but don't know how to get started, this is the place for you. We do scenic paddling designed to help beginners get into the sport we love so much. We also introduce all our paddlers to a variety of paddling location. Experienced Paddlers are always welcome and are encouraged to help lead some of our trips. Paddler using Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) must be experienced and must demonstrate that they are able to keep up with the group.
BEFORE YOU PADDLE: Educate yourself about the area in which you will be paddling, and carry appropriate gear, clothing, water, food. etc. Always check the weather forcast before launching. You alone are responsible for making the decision to launch your boat.
PFD's: Personal floations devices or Life Jackets MUST be worn by all our paddlers properly zipped and/or buckled at all times while on the water, in the manner intended by the manufacturer. Persons not willing to follow this requirement are not permitted on our trips. Inflatable PFD's are NOT allowed.
OUR PADDLES: All paddles are on weekday evenings (no Weekend paddles) and will start at 6:00 PM and end just before sunset. Please arrive a couple minutes early if possible. We will not wait for paddlers that arrive after 6:00 PM. Since our paddles end close to SunSet, it is a Strongly Suggest that you bring a flashlight just in case we do not get off the water before dark. It is also strongly suggested that each paddler carry a whistle or other signaling device as required by the US Coast Guard. For FULL MOON or other after dark paddles, ALL PADDLER MUST carry a light and whistle.
We are a group for new and experienced paddlers who would like to explore a variety of sites in Southern New England while learning and building their skills. Membership is free however we ask each paddler to contribute $5.00 to cover the cost of the meetup webpage. We also encourage you to consider joining the Rhode Island Canoe Kayak Association (RICKA) and the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA). Both these organizations offer many more paddling opportunities as well as other outdoor activities. RICKA and WPWA also provide support for this group and without them this meetup group would not exist.
We paddle Weekdays evenings after work all around eastern CT and southern RI. When possible (based on leaders availability) rain dates will be on the following evening if bpossible. We try to choose beautiful areas that are both easy and relatively safe for new paddlers. We go to a different location every week all through the season (mid-May through early September).
At some locations there may be rentals. Rentals will be listed in the trip description when available along with the phone number to call to reserve a kayak. If not listed, they are not available. The outfitters we use for rentals provide us with boats after their normal business hours and at a reduced rental rate. A minimum of four (4) rentals is needed for any trip to cover the minimum rental arrangements. Please help support them with future rentals and referring other paddlers. Without their help, we could not offer rentals.
TRAINING NIGHTS: Tuesday is training night (once a month) at WPWA. You may bring your kayak and gear, or it will be provided to you with the training. We ask for a minimum of a $20 donation to WPWA which includes the Kayak, PFD (life jacket) and Paddle. You can also bring your own equipment to these classes.
The training provided is basic paddle training. You can learn the correct strokes so you paddle with the least effort enabling you to go longer distances. We also go over kayak safety information.
OTHER PADDLING OPPORTUNITIES:As your skills build, you may wish to join RICKA which offers many Canoeing and Kayaking opportunities. To do this you will need your own kayak or canoe, or rent on your own. It is the perfect way to find all the great places to paddle in southern New England and more. Please visit the RICKA website at www.ricka.org to learn more. WPWA also has paddling and other outdoor events that you may want to consider. Visit WPWA at www.wpwa.org.