Westville, NJ
Hometown: Westville

Organizer since:

February 18, 2014


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

All of them!

What skill level are you? (beginner, intermediate, advanced)


Do you own your own boat(s), and if so what types?

Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160, Old Town Cayuga 146, QCC 500X, Yak Board, Native Watercraft Magic 12, Dagger Blackwater 11.5

When are you normally free to paddle?

During the school year on weekends and after work, during the summer, any time!


I'm the kayak addicted computer teacher! Currently running the Delaware Valley Kayakers with the help of my wonderful assistant organizers. Come join us on the water!

What Meri is saying about this Meetup Group

Because we rock! :)

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  • Tom W.

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Meri, I found a water proof camera on the Oswego River. Has any one reported one missing? Still works just had to clean it up a bit.

    Mar 16, 2014 5:48 PM
  • Marshall

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Hello Meri,
    One of my instructors is going to be passing through Lebanon, NJ on her way back home from doing some instruction in PA on 8/17/13. Karen Knight (­m) who in my opinion is one of the best in the world (ok, I'm biased as she's a very good friend) . Would you like some help for the rescue skills meet up? She's looking to break up her drive on the way back to MD.

    Aug 10, 2013 4:21 PM
  • Patricia B.

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Meri: I have a general question about the group. I see a lot of activity, but I don't own my own kayak gear. I do have my own PFD - but would need to rent. I never see postings about rental options. Is this group mostly for boat owners? If so, I would definitely need to keep an eye out for buying. But in the meantime, I can't attend most events. I'm just trying to clarify what the expectations are so I can plan accordingly.

    Jul 11, 2013 11:54 AM
  • Liz D.

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Meri, Nicole Hostettler and I will be leaving around 5:30 Saturday to reach the launch. She has to work all day Friday and we don't want to drive down in rush hour through 3 urban areas!? See you then. Liz D.

    Jul 08, 2013 4:05 PM
  • don k.

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Hi Meri,

    I'd like to join this group. I'm not sure if the 7/3 event is happening or not. I have a pacboat portable kayak.


    Jul 03, 2013 4:54 PM
  • Stephanie F.

    Hi Meri,
    I work at the D&R Canal State Park (Bulls Island). I wanted to give you a heads up that there is now a boat launch permit required for access to Kingwood, Byram, Bulls Island, and Firemans Eddy. Here is a link for more info. You can get the permits at Bulls Island Office.­­
    The boat launch at Lambertville is still free. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

    Jun 22, 2013 2:59 PM
  • Diane

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Hi Meri: I've been trying to send you a contact email, but it's not permitting me to put anything in the subject line. I was wondering if you will be scheduling any beginner paddle lessons. I'm a newbie having only kayaked a few times, but it's something I really enjoyed. I'd really like to get into the sport and learn more about it. Thank you.

    Jun 02, 2013 6:06 PM
  • Kelly C.

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Hi Meri! It was a pleasure talking with you at Paddlesport! I can't wait to paddle with you and your group!

    Mar 29, 2013 1:26 PM
  • Andrea

    You have some beautiful, scenic pics! :)

    Mar 21, 2013 7:24 AM
  • Mark W.

    Delaware Valley Kayakers

    Hi Meri, this group has visited most of the places in NJ that
    I have been wanting to paddle for years, I wish I had known about DVK before. I live in Brick, near Havens cove, its an excellent place to launch for a paddle on Barnegate bay, near Mantoloking bridge. We have a very diverse marine population and migrating birds. Hope to meet you soon. -Mark

    Sep 22, 2012 7:33 AM
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