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Louis S.



Rockville, MD

Member since:

March 24, 2013

A PFD (Personal Floatation Device) is required for all of our paddles. Do you have your own PFD or have acces to one?


Please tell us a little about your previous kayaking experience. It's okay if you don't have a lot of experience.

I did little before 2013. As a kid, my family had a boat on the West or South Rivers. Fond memories of childhood weekends at a club in Shadyside that later became the "Captain Avery Museum". A guided ocean kayaking trip at Acadia National Park (Maine) SOLD me on kayaking about 12 years ago. I got a 16' Native Ultimate tandem for "family" use, but it proved too slow and was rarely used. After discovering CKA in April 2013 I used Craigslist to sell that and then find my Seda Viking 16'. I took some lessons through CKA. Now I can pretend I know what I'm doing.

What kind or type of kayak(s) do you own? If you'll be renting or borrowing from a friend that's okay too. We also have rental kayaks for members to use.

A SEDA Viking 16' 6" (green / white) and a Prodigy 10' "rec" (orange). I want a faster boat. Maybe next year.

Why do you kayak? Some people paddle to relax and get away from it all outdoors, others to stay fit. The real crazies paddle just for the joy and fun of it. What's your reason?

I LOVE just being low to the water, quiet, and to move so easily and quietly through it. I also like making friends, observing wildlife, relaxing, and getting exercise.

What do you hope to get out of joining this group? Some people want to improve their paddling skills others just want to socialize with fellow paddlers. Is there anything special you're looking for?

My goals are to paddle great places with a friendly group, and to make friends. I'm not into camping or really long trips. CKA is terrific!


A D.C. native, I like birding, nature, photography, hiking, and boating. Started kayaking Spring of 2013.

What Louis S. is saying about this Meetup Group

Chuck constantly manages all trip details and participation. It keeps things smooth. And the planning required for some of the trips must be extensive. I also really appreciate the way multiple "leaders" keep safety a top priority. It's a phenomenal group of friendly people too.

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