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Hump Day Paddle on the DOD pond

Update: Please see cold water notes added below!

Hump Day Paddle on the DOD ponds.  The weather is unknown yet, so depending on temperatures dress accordingly and have spare dry clothes available.You can see some beautiful sunsets over the pond and numerous birds. Beavers have also been spotted.

This paddle is flat water and open to all skill level of paddlers and any size boat.

We will paddle until dusk and some people may go to dinner afterwards.  Come on out.  It should be fun.

The entrance is right after a large fenced in industrial park / military base. The road is mainly dirt and more akin to off road. Enter go around a bend then take the fork on the right. Stay right when it opens up and you will see the put in.

Cold Water / Air: Just an update. The weather is going to only be in the 50's, rain was possible (now showing cloudy). The water reported in the areas (tidal) is still in the 50's. Please wear appropriate attire. No cotton. See http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/wetsuit-vs-drysuit-for-paddling/ for a great write up. I am not requiring a wet suit or dry suit. I would recommend it, especially if you are new and are not familiar with a rescue such as a T-rescue. 

PLEASE BRING DRY CLOTHES! (Again not cotton). If you do not have anything other then cotton we (meaning any organizer present) may ask you not to paddle.  Also, make sure your life vest (pfd) properly fits your body (should not slide up, or you can slip out of it). We can't help pull you up without a properly fitted vest.

Still an entry level paddle, just be aware of the cold water/weather conditions. If you get wet you will be cold. If you go into the water..well just google cold water shock or look at a site like http://coldwaterbootcampusa.org/facts.shtml we also have a number of discussions on the forums.

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  • Rebeca S.

    Nice meeting you all. Hoping for warmer weather. :)

    April 19, 2014

    • Edwina W.

      It was good chatting and thanks for the paddling tips. See you next time

      April 20, 2014

  • Bill H.

    Great time out on the ponds.

    April 17, 2014

  • Edwina W.

    It was a beautiful time on DOD ponds.

    April 17, 2014

  • Larry L.

    Full plate this afternoon. Doesn't look like I'm gonna be able to come. I'll catch ya next time.

    April 16, 2014

  • Paul S.

    Shane, I need to change my reservation to a no. I may have the project complete that will allow me to join you folks later today. I just wanted to comply with the guidelines and change my reservation. Thanks.

    April 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didnt have time to load my boat before work this morning. See you guys on the next one.

    April 16, 2014

  • Joe H

    Shane - I have RSVP'd but a work project with the West coast may creep in on my play time Wed nights. I will do my best but 50/50 as of now.
    Thanks for doing this session - time to loosen up and get on the water again. jh

    April 15, 2014

  • Arline Z.

    What are DOD ponds? Can I look up some information on the ponds and where they are?

    March 29, 2014

    • Shane-S

      DOD ponds are a spring fed series of interconnected pounds right off the Delaware River in South Jersey off route 130. MAP http://binged.it/1hcl...­ . You can see the NJ Wildlife map here: http://www.nj.gov/dep...­ . I don't have a ton more information other then we find it a perfect spot for lazy paddles, rescue practices, and rolling as the water is very clean and clear.

      March 31, 2014

    • Paul S.

      Shane...you forgot COLD!

      April 14, 2014

  • Ron P.

    Had to cancel ... taking a friend to the Hospital as he is going under the knife!

    April 12, 2014

  • Ron P.

    It has been a long 2 yrs since I have been out on the water ... time just flew by ... let's hope I don't flip over! Although one could say it's like riding a bike!

    March 21, 2014

    • Jerri

      ....except without the oxygen! :D

      March 23, 2014

  • Rebeca S.

    Eh, I guess I'll try and make it. This sounds like torture. ;) Ready to teach me how to roll?!?!

    March 22, 2014

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