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Nancy De D.


Westville, NJ

Member since:

August 8, 2011

What types of water do you like to paddle? (flatwater, rivers, open water, whitewater, etc)

I learned to kayak on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay at Gandy's beach in 1999. I have kayaked there several times a year since. The nature of the tidal Bay water changes from day to day. One day this past week I kayaked into the night on water smooth as glass, the next day we were jumping 2-3ft. waves. At high tide the overflow passages are lovely, quiet waters with little or no current. I have begun a quest to navigate as many local rivers and waterways as I can. This summers reading includes Quiet Waters in New Jersey and Paddling in the Pine Barrens. I am game to try any water as long as it is not crazy white water.

What skill level are you? (beginner, intermediate, advanced) Please be honest, this is for the entire groups safety.

Even though I have kayaked a lot I have never had formal training so I would say I am somewhere in the mid intermediate range. I have taken white water canoeing classes which I find have helped me in kayaking.

In order to be considered for membership you must own your own kayak and be able to transport it. Do you and what kind do you have?

Yes, Old Town Dirego, Old Town Loon and a little Old Town Otter. I also have a nice Old Town, canoe.

When are you normally free to paddle?

I am in the water between April and October. If I want to kayak, I will make it happen, weekdays or weekends. I have never done a "polar bear" kayak trip. Don't want to either.


Hi My name is Nancy D. I am a South Jersey Glass Artist/Craftsperson,­ who has been in love with kayaking since 1999. I live on a 170 acre farm that borders the Mannington Meadows in Mannington N.J. (great lotus filled waters)

What Nancy De D. is saying about this Meetup Group

I am impressed with Meri and the way the trip was organized. She takes the time to teach, encourage and advize. This really takes away the apprehension of a first time group kayaker. I will look forward to seeing her again.


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