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Fearless Leader


Dayton, MD
Hometown: Dayton

Organizer since:

November 7, 2011

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've been paddling a kayak for almost 20 years now. I started out as a whitewater paddler and migrated over the years to mostly flatwater but can still get talked into some very easy whitewater on rare occasions. My paddling curriculum vitae includes seven years as a kayak instructor for L.L Bean and I'm entering my fourth year as the principle leader or organizer of a paddling group.

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.

Currently in the garage or on top of the car: Pyranha Fusion Dagger Alchemy 14L Tahe Marine Bay Spirit 17

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 wrote the question and yes I am one of the true crazies. The world looks like a kinder, gentler and a much more beautiful place from the seat of a kayak. Proper torso rotation during paddle strokes also helps keep my belt a couple notches tighter.

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?

I really enjoy helping others discover the joys of kayaking. I started the Wednesday Night Paddler because I thought it would help me stay in shape by forcing me to get put and paddle at least one night a week. I've met and learned from lots of really interesting people and made some new true friends as a result. I hope to continue to enjoy meeting and learning from many more people in this new venue.


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What Chuck is saying about this Meetup Group

As the group organizer hopefully you would expect me to say this is an awesome group. It is! I think most of you would acknowledge that I put a fair amount of blood sweat and tears into making it great and I do. Despite everything I do though, this group wouldn't be half as awesome as it is without a whole bunch of truly fantastic members. Thank you everyone.

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