What we're about

This group is for those who want to do more than simply paddle lakes.

This group is all about safety, fun, and adventure on the water.

Austin Canoe and Kayak, ACK.COM, dropped out as our Sponsor as of 12/31/2019, and there is NO MU MEMBER DISCOUNT at their Burnet Road Store.

LET ME KNOW ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR MU SPONSORS GOING FORWARD.

Central TX is blessed with many Spring-fed and Dam-release rivers & creeks. The majority of trips are BYO boat/paddle/PFD. If rentals are available, I will note that on the event posting. I’m glad you joined this group, P.S. See previous MU Event - Central TX River Maps For Your Use, NOT an Event - to build your own paddle trips & maps.

SAFETY -- …do not overstep the boundaries of your kayaking skills or the limits of your kayaking gear. This applies just as much to short, hour-long trips as it does to multi day adventures on local lakes as much as offshore kayaking. If you cannot swim back to the shoreline, consider it “open water”. Texas Boating Law requires a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and a whistle, and lights at night, on a kayak. NO TRIPS WITHOUT A PFD. AAP requires the PFD in an easily-accessible place if/when you flip. Once you flip on a trip, you must wear the PFD, just like every level-headed, serious paddler does on all trips.

FUN -- You are our kinda member if you say, “I'd rather be paddlin”.

NO GLASS CONTAINERS- Let's be pro-active and keep our rivers and lakes safe for us & others.

Adventure– If you are paddle-adventurous, this group is for you. If you are a competent, safety-conscience paddler and would like to meet new paddle friends and to lead them on paddle trips, please consider becoming an assistant organizer. Contact the primary organizer: Jim Rankin for details.

Whether you use a canoe or kayak, whether you are relaxing, exercising, site seeing, camping, fishing, racing, and white water adventures are all welcome topics for our boards and goals for our trips and get-togethers

Be sure to fill out your profile to let others know what your interests are. You are also welcome to post on our message boards.

I have made a point to post Austin-area events that may jive with Austin Area Paddler's interests, even though there may not be a particular person designated as Trip Leader.

SYOTR, Your Organizer,

Jim Rankin/MU Organizer (Paddling a bunch since I have the Time)

j (ckopp@farmersagent.com)imr3216@gmail.com, or through meetup message.

Upcoming events (5)

Guided Sea Kayaking Tour: Visit Ship Wreck Selma, Galveston Ship Channel

Galveston Seawolf Park fishing

Safe adventure. Relaxed pace. Awesome destination. Outstanding history learning opportunity. Small group size. Experienced trip leader.

Professional grade touring kayaks and kayaking equipment. Join us!

Cost: $120 per person for a 2-3-hour (3-4 miles) guided kayak trip paddling from Galveston Seawolf Park to see from up close the Selma ship wreck, and return. Trip can be shortened or lengthened based on circumstances.

Pay in advance to reserve your seat. Payment details at the bottom page.

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SS Selma was an oil tanker built in 1919. President Woodrow Wilson approved the construction of 24 concrete vessels of which only 12 were actually completed.

SS Selma is the only permanent, and prominent, wreck along the Houston Ship Channel. It lies approximately one mile north of Galveston Island.

Steel shortages during World War I led the US to build experimental concrete ships, the largest of which was the SS Selma, today partially submerged in Galveston Bay and visible from both the Houston Ship Channel and Seawolf Park.

SS Selma was built in Mobile, Alabama. The ship was launched on June 28, 1919, the same day Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I. As a result, the 7,500-ton ship never served during the war. Instead she was placed into service as an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico.

On May 31, 1920, the Selma hit a jetty in Tampico, Mexico, ripping a 60 foot hole in her hull. After attempts to repair the ship in Galveston failed and efforts to sell the ship proved unsuccessful, US officials decided to intentionally scuttle the ship. A channel 1,500 feet long and 25 feet deep was dug to a point just off Pelican Island's where the ship was laid to rest. The wreck of the Selma has since been the object of failed plans to convert it for use as a fishing pier, pleasure resort, and an oyster farm. Long a source of curiosity and local legend, it remains important to scientists who continue to study aspects of its concrete construction.

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A minimum 5 paying participants are necessary to run the tour.

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Bring half a gallon drinking water and a snack. Bring a towel and a complete set of clothing to change into at the end, should that be necessary.

Bring a large brim hat, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and dress in synthetic comfortable outdoor clothing that dries-up quickly. No blue jeans, no cotton shirts. No crocs or flipflops. Bring water shoes or old snickers; your feet will get wet. Wear long pants and long sleeves to avoid sun burn and insects.

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To reserve your spot, please RSVP “Yes” here then submit in advance your $120 per person payment via Venmo or PayPal.

Registration includes professional guiding services and delivery and rental of a premium quality kayaking equipment, including: touring kayak, lightweight paddle, adjustable lifejacket, bilge pump, paddle float, dry bag, kayak lights and use of group gear (tow rope, VHS radio, first aid kit).

A RSVP “Yes” on Meetup alone does not register you for the event. This is a small capacity event and some register without being Meetup members, so numbers shown may not add up, and they may change.

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Please reply with:

1) your phone number and,
2) your approximately hip size (pants size), chest size (shirt size), height and weight so I can bring you the correct size kayak and gear.

I am excited for the opportunity to share with you from my expertise and I look forward to paddling together!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Constantin
(Call/Text:[masked])

Certified ACA L-3 Coastal Kayak Instructor and Trip Leader, NOLS Wilderness First Aid

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PAYMENT INFO

Venmo payment is: Venmo@Constantin-Platon

PayPal payment is:[masked] (select Family & Friends option)

Check payable to OAK GeoSciences, LLC

www.oakgeosciences.com

Have in mind a different drill, date, or destination? Want to hire us for a corporate team building or family event? Let’s get in touch!

Born to Paddle!

Your Adventure, Your Terms: Schedule Guided Tour, Kayaking Class, Corporate Trip

Are you ready to embark on a new adventure?

Take the path less traveled and hire us for your next birthday party, corporate team building event, church outing, family reunion or friends celebration.

Do you have in mind a different drill, date, or destination then the events posted on calendar?

We have the expertise and equipment to safely put on water, all at once, 40-50 people or more, in high-end sit-inside touring and sea kayaks. We regularly travel between the major metropolitans of Houston-Austin-Dallas and larger cities in nearby states... New Orleans, Shreveport, and Little Rock.

Born to paddle and inspire others to a life full of adventure!

Let's get in touch!

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Reply with your name and phone number to book a trip on your terms:

Name:
Phone number:

Myself Only. Myself and one more.
Group of 3 (including myself).
Group of 4 or more (including myself).

Preferred Trip Date:
Alternate Trip Date:
Destination:

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I look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks for your consideration!
Constantin [masked])

PS: Constantin is certified ACA L-3 Coastal Kayak Instructor and ACA L-3 Trip Leader, NOLS Wilderness First Aid, and 15-seats passenger van driving defense course, among other certifications, and can provide insurance for your event.

www.oakgeosciences.com

Basic Kayaking Skills: Safety & Rescue Clinic (Sugar Land, TX)

Awesome Instruction + Premium Kayaking Gear => cost is $150 per student for a 3-hour fun action-packed class. Maximum 6 students per class. Pay in advance to reserve your seat. A waiver must be signed. Learn more below.

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It is easy to start paddling, but if an unintended capsize happens, do you know how to get back in your kayak? Are you sure you can help your friend? Kayaking can be enjoyed by everyone, children to retirees, and it's a lifelong wonderful sport! It's a fun form of physical fitness and soul therapy.

If you have never taken a kayaking safety and rescue course... or you know you should brush up...

If you find yourself paddling in open lakes, bayous and bays along the gulf coast, or in large rivers where swimming to shore is not a preferred or easy option...

Then this Basic Kayaking Skills: Safety and Rescue Clinic is a “must do” for you and for any kayaker regardless of experience.

The water and air temperatures are acceptable for most people and we plan on getting wet. As in, soaking-wet!

Our teaching philosophy is “challenged by choice” so you can opt-out of some of the exercises and scenarios we play.

This clinic requires a moderate fitness level and the capacity to bend (body flexibility).

We will quickly review the basic kayaking strokes (kayaking strokes and maneuver techniques is offered as a separate course) and then will introduce safety and rescue skills and how to rescue yourself and others in several scenarios. We will capsize, on purpose, in deep water, multiple times!

This clinic will cover the following topics:
1. Wet exit (with and without skirt)
2. Self-rescue: kayak reentry with and without paddle float, heal hook, scramble/cowboy, swim rescue to shore.
3. Assisted rescue: kayak bulldoze to shore, T-rescue.

This is a 3-hour long clinic. Most of it will be spent on and in the water.

By the end of this clinic, you will become a more confident kayaker and will feel more comfortable having the skills to execute at least one self-rescue technique and assist in rescuing someone else.

This class will have a 6:1 student to instructor ratio so you will receive very personal instruction and feedback. A minimum 4 students are necessary to run the class.

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To reserve your spot, please RSVP “Yes” here then submit your Venmo or PayPal payment. A RSVP “Yes” on Meetup alone does not register you for the clinic. This is a small capacity clinic and some register without being Meetup members, so numbers shown may not add up, and they may change.

Registration fee: $150 per person.

Registration includes instruction and rental of a completely equipped kayak (sit-inside touring kayak, lightweight paddle, adjustable lifejacket, kayak skirt, bilge pump, paddle float, dry bag) and use of group gear (tow rope, rescue sling, VHS radio, first aid kit, flares, and signalizing devices).

Disclaimer: Don’t get hurt, it’s painful! If you die, it’s on you!

Please reply with:
1) your phone number and,
2) your approximately hip size (pants size), chest size (shirt size), height and weight so I can bring you the correct size kayak and gear.

You are welcome to bring your own kayak and kayaking gear, however, your kayak must be at least 13 ft. long and have two dry compartments (bow and stern bulkheads) or attached air bags (floating pillows) for inherent floatation/buoyancy (so it will not sink).

I am excited for the opportunity to share with you from my expertise and I look forward to paddling together!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Constantin
(Call/Text:[masked])

Certified ACA L-3 Coastal Kayak Instructor and Trip Leader, NOLS Wilderness First Aid

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PAYMENT INFO

Venmo payment is: Venmo@Constantin-Platon

PayPal payment is:[masked]

Check payable to OAK GeoSciences, LLC

www.oakgeosciences.com

Have in mind a different drill, date, or destination? Want to hire us for a corporate team building or family event? Let’s get in touch!

Born to Paddle!

Free Kayak Drive Test & Like-New Condition Pre-Owned Kayaks For Sale Event

Join us this gorgeous Tuesday afternoon for a couple of hours of relaxed paddling on the beautiful Brooks Lake in Sugar Land, TX.

Based on your request, we can bring out 20+ kayaks for you to sit-in, compare and contrast features, and take out on water for a drive test.

We will be there available for you between 5pm and 7pm.

This is a family friendly event, kids are welcome to attend, and we guarantee that besides having fun, everyone will learn something new.

You can take several short paddling trips to get a feel for several different kayak models and their comfort level and handling abilities. We will discuss, analyze, compare and contrast features, designs in building, material quality, etc.

We can bring out for you to test on water over a dozen of touring, sea, tandem and whitewater kayaks, including the following brands and models:

Polyethylene, Single Seat, Sit-Inside, Touring & Sea Kayaks:

1. Perception Carolina 15
2. Perception Carolina 16
3. Dagger Savannah
4. Dagger Cortez
5. Dagger Prospect
6. Current Designs Sirocco
7. Current Designs Squamish
8. Wilderness Systems Manteo
9. Wilderness Systems Sealution
10. Wilderness Systems Alto
11. Prijon Calabria (five available)
12. Prijon Seayak (two available)
13. Prijon Kodiak
14. Prijon Combi 359 (two available)
15. Valley Skerray RTM (two available)

Polyethylene, Tandem, Sit-Inside, Recreational & Touring Kayaks:

1. Prijon Capri
2. Dagger Bayou 2 (two available)

Kevlar & Fiberglass Expedition Sea Kayas:

1. Current Designs Solstice (two available)
2. P&H Outlander (two available)
3. P&H Capella
4. Boreal Designs Ellesmerre

Polyethylene, Whitewater & Surf: Freestyle, Playboats & Creek Boats:

1. Prijon T-Canyon
2. Eskimo Diablo
3. Dagger RPM
4. Dagger Crossfire
5. Dagger Ego
5. Dagger Vortex
6. Riot Disco
7. Pyranha (three available)

We are limited by the trailer capacity and can't bring out all at once all the kayaks in this list. Please specify below which kayak you would like to try out.

Do your homework! Many of these kayaks are described/pictured on cross-posted ads on Craigslist in Houston, Dallas, Austin.

If there is a kayak model that you have in mind that is not on this list, please let me know, I might have it!

Should you choose to leave with one of our kayaks, think ahead how you would transport the kayak to your home. We accept Venmo, PayPal, check and cash payment.

Bring with you half-gallon drinking water and a snack. Dress in synthetic clothing that can dry easily. Large brim hat and longs sleeves can protect you from sunburns. Your shoes will get wet. Bring with you and leave in the car a towel and a complete set of clothing to change into, should be needed, at the end of the event.

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Please reply with your:
-phone number;
-approximate weight and height;
-hip (pants) size;
-chest (shirt) size;
-kayak models you want to demo.

I would be happy to answer your questions - please let me know if you have any. Thanks for your RSVP and I look forward to paddling together!

Constantin

PS: Constantin is a certified ACA Level-3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor and ACA Trip Leader and certified NOLS Wilderness First Aid among other certifications.

Born to Paddle.

Learn more at www.oakgeosceinces.com

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