What we're about

Based on the north shore, but with members from all over northeastern Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire and beyond, this is the group for paddlers who enjoy their kayaking adventures at a laid back, leisurely pace. For us, it's not how quickly we can get from point "A" to point "B" while on the water. If your idea of kayaking means sharing with friends, new and old, the beauty of our local flat-water lakes and rivers as you paddle, then this group is for you. Some of the places we paddle include the Squamscott, Essex, and Charles rivers; Plum Island; lakes Massabesic, Pawtuckaway, Gardner and Chebacco; and Country, Tuxbury, and Great ponds. We will also occasionally paddle some coastal areas that are suitable for intermediate level paddlers with an appropriate sea kayak (14' length, bulkheads front and back). Note that on our coastal paddles, you should have basic kayaking safety equipment -- a bilge pump, paddle float, whistle -- and know how to use these tools if the need arises.

Everyone is welcome to help suggest and plan adventure destinations for future activities, as this is what makes a fun and successful group.

We like to bike, too! Watch for rail trail bike rides before and after kayak season, and occasionally during the paddling season.

AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. In the interest of safety, consuming alcohol before or during any Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.

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SOLO Wilderness First Aid sponsored by RPS Kayak Coaching and White Rose Canoe

Newbury Kayak and Canoe

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is an introductory course designed to develop both decision making and management skills that address common backcountry injuries. The WFA course focuses on ‘hands-on’ learning, where students are engaged in managing authentic scenarios; scenario-based learning is supported by brief classroom discussions and reinforced with intensive practical work.

The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, students, and outdoor groups. It also meets the American Canoe Association, British Canoeing, and International Mountain Bicycling Associations first aid requirements.

The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.

Course fee is $210 per person, plus $40 if you also want CPR Certification. Certification is valid for 2 years.

Todd Johnstone-Wright will teach this SOLO WFA. Todd is a full-time adventure sports coach with almost three decades of wilderness medical and traditional EMS experience and has been teaching for SOLO Wilderness Medicine since 1996. In addition, he is a British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach Sea/BC Coach 4 (Performance Coaching Diploma), British Canoeing coach educator/leadership provider/safety and rescue provider, ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water ITE, Level 4 Whitewater IT, BICP Level 1 Instructor, AMGA Rock Instructor Course Graduate, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, and AIARE Level 2. As a result of his training and extensive expedition and adventure sports experience, he can cater the course and supporting scenarios to various adventure sports disciplines and contexts.

Register online only please at https://www.salemkayak.com/reserve/wilderness-first-aid

For questions, you can call Kevin of RPS at[masked]

Randolph pool sessions with KayakWays!
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Randolph Community Pool

Hey all! I want to share an event that we have happening on the New England Kayak Club meetup:

Folks, we have a huge RARE opportunity for people who want to learn a roll from the best! We are coordinating with Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson of KayakWays to set up two pool sessions. Target dates are April 3rd and May 1st.
These internationally known stars of "This is the Roll" and "This is the Roll 2" offer expert instruction in rolling with every kind of blade as well as everything about Greenland paddling. Are you struggling to get a roll going? Struggle no more! Cheri and Turner will get you upright!

2 classes are planned for the Randolph Pool and they will give us 4 hours on each session. (usually 2 2-hr class sessions) Please note that the rate is $[masked] per person and we need to have 10 people to sign up to maintain the rate for the instructor and pool. Just to double underline it, I can't stress it enough to say how lucky we are to have them give us some time on their very busy globetrotting schedule! If you are interested, please let me know. RSVPs and payments will need to compiled on the NEKC meetup event when it is posted.

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