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Starting off the 2013 Paddling Season

From: Nancy H
Sent on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:30 AM

Hi everyone,

The ice is off my local lake and it's tempting to dust the cobwebs off the kayak and get out on the water.  The water temp is still quite cold, though.  If you're new to kayaking (I see a bunch of new members have joined our group), you might be looking for information about what to wear while kayaking when the water is still cold.  There's a good article at the Charles River Canoe and Kayak site:

http://www.ski-paddle.com/advice/dressforcoldwater.php

There's another article worth reading on cold water immersion (it should make you think twice before paddling in cold water without proper clothing):

http://www.nols.edu/alumni/leader/05spring/wildsideofmedicine.shtml

With the kayaking season nearly upon us, it's a good time to look over your gear, make repairs and start thinking about what your kayaking goals might be for the coming season.  Paddling with others is a great way to pick up and share tips on technique, safety and discover good paddling spots.

If you are not sure whether or not a particular meetup trip is suitable for you, do not hesitate to contact the organizer of the trip with any concerns you may have.  We'll try to have a variety of trips to suit difference preferences.

If you're thinking about buying a new kayak, Susan has a post called "Are you new to kayaking?" on the message board.  She makes the good point that some kayaks are not suitable for some people. One-size does not fit all!  You've got to find something that works for you.  "Try before you buy" is highly recommended.

You can find the message board under the "Discussions" heading at the top of the page.  Everyone should read the top "pinned" discussions for important information regarding participation requirements (PFDs, etc) and other helpful topics on a variety of issues.

I hope to meet lots more of you on the water this summer.

-Nancy
Assistant Organizer

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