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Sat-Mar 31- Scantic River Rat's Race, Cheer on the Rats & Paddlers-Optional Hike
Hi Everyone, More Specific Details added closer to the race day. Meet about 12 Noon by the Rapids just a short way up-stream from the bridge. It is Interesting (and informative) to watch today's event where paddlers race along in the cold water. We will have to wait for until sometime April/May to start paddling as a group to avoid hypothermia if one of you falls in during a trip.. I will be wearing my BRIGHT ORANGE HUNTING HAT & Bright Orange Jacket at the FINISH LINE RAPIDS to see the paddlers either get through or take a dip in the warm water. Or I may be wearing my Purple-Pink Sexy Dress like in the picture :-) Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a comfortable chair or similar comfortable seating arrangement. It gets cold when not doing much. Current weather prediction: (Rain or bad weather cancels the Meetup) Optional HIKE UP ALONG SIDE THE RIVER TO EXPLORE THE PADDLERS COURSE before the paddlers arrive at the rapids (and to warm up a bit), then Relax Riverside right by the Rapids in your comfortable chair and enjoy seeing other paddlers challenge their skills on the rapids. Shuttle Bus information..etc -OR - You May go up to the Cop's barricade on S. Maple St and say you want to park at (GPS APX) : 91 POWDER RIDGE RD, ENFIELD CT. and walk down to the rapids. ---------------------------- SEE YA THERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. ---> Final LATE LUNCH LOCATION TO BE DECIDED ON WHILE AT THE RAPIDS..... Maybe: ( Location depends on weather conditions ) aL-r

Scantic River RAPIDS

50 South Maple Street ~~Go south till you see the barn and bridge. · Enfield, CT

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Hi Everyone,

This is NOT a professional kayak tour group or kayak instruction group, it is just a bunch of friends sharing a hobby and shared interests. ( DOWNHILL Skiing is with AE SKI CLUB.COM , Bike Riding is with CASUAL BIKER's GROUP, Hiking is in a Social Paced Exploitative Nature by me . )

Kick the Kentucky Deep Fried Chicken Bucket into the trash, it is time to start getting in shape for the new 2018 paddling season and other associated activities.

I am planning on having a very productive season every year exploring some new paddling locations and returning to the favourites of the past few years also.

First Timers, Beginners to Advanced paddlers, and Recreational to Sea Rated Kayaks are welcome on all of my events and locations listed.

IMPORTANT: If you have a recreational Kayak you can still join us, however for everyone's safety it would be good to have flotation bags in the front and rear. (

This Kayak group introduces paddling events in the cooler weather on the Flat Water Rivers generally in the Connecticut & Massachusetts area during the Spring and Fall season. Further away areas will be introduced when sufficient strength is acquired to handle a longer trip.

As soon as the air and ocean water temp reaches a point where it is safe enough, we will start to explore the selected CLEANER WATER shore areas generally between GUILFORD CT to WAKEFIELD RI AREA'S put ins.

Coves, estuaries, tidal rivers and some open ocean paddling out to a few islands are part of the mix for all to join in on.

I have a few new areas of exploration and i plan to introduce them as the skills of the majority increases. This helps the new paddlers just joining us for the first time to explore with us and it enhances the feeling of security to them.

Please remember: "Don't buy junk kayaks or junk equipment" (I learned the hard way) but if you already have purchased your boats or can't afford the good equipment, join us anyway. The primary goal of this group is to enjoy paddling while helping each other to naturally gain skills. You will learn what kinds of kayaks and equipment is safer and how to use them without overspending.

One of the best things to learn is Self Rescue because you never know when you will go into the water especially when no one may be around to get to you easily or in a timely way.

Please watch the following video: Paddle Float Entry:

( In the Summer you will be able practice this with us in real OCEAN CONDITIONS @ the 4 Mile River Event or other lake river event prior to the ocean) :

Heel Hook version

Should you learn Rolling ???

To Interactively Learn some Kayak Principles a fantastic site:

A good thing to practice is the "Assisted Rescue" Heel Hook re-Entry:

> The now swimmer floats parallel to their boat on back in water with head towards his/her stern resting until ready while you are holding the boat steady for them up against yours.

: have them raise their OUTSIDE leg and HOOK their leg under the fore deck of their boat.

: using that leg as a lever, their inside arm can be used to also steady against any life line (you can also help pull on the outside arm), then have them roll themselves toward you so they end up on to their boat with their stomachs down above the seat.

: From this point have them roll in either direction to an upright position while sliding down into the cockpit position until they are ready and comfortable enough to start to paddle again.


All Events will be chosen to be in places where there are: NO boat launching FEES and adequate parking.

I plan the events based on river flow rates, ocean tides, water temp, wind speed, and other weather conditions to provide the best outcome for all.

With all events, there is the Traditional Pot Luck Barbie-q's, a fire pit and plenty of time to enjoy socializing into the evening so please plan to join us for the whole day.

I have a "Hopeful" course and destination when i post an event. There is usually an unknown exact paddle time on the water since things change as we go along, as a group some can cut the course short and meet us at the Barbie-Q spot The others can continue to the paddle destination as listed. It is always more of a group decision as to when its time to call it "Dinner Time" or when we have had enough for the day.

You have to carry a PFD *Required by Law* and if possible attach a whistle to it to alert others if you are in danger.

It is not always necessary, However, Please wear your PFD at all times (this makes it easier on everyone in the event you do capsize especially if you don't have the proper skills to get back in efficiently, are physically out of shape, or are injured in any way) the whistle alerts more people to your need). I wear mine at all times because i learned the hard way once and live to tell you to wear yours now, i don't want to tow a dead body with a drag rope all the way down the river or to the shore then have to answer legal questions on why you are dead.

If possible, and if you can afford it, get a small light or a headlamp which is ok (not really leagal, but better than nothing) for the very few evening paddles i may have or for finding your stuff in the dark, a paddle float for re-entry, ,a paddle leash and a hand water pump (or bailing sponge) are also nice to have available on your yak. Think of the items as your own Cheap Life Insurance.

Spray Skirts are NOT Required in this group yet are encouraged after you have mastered a few wet exits and feel comfortable in their use.

Since UN-planned conditions vary greatly, i prefer novices to get out of their kayaks quickly and a spray skirt without many practice wet exits is more of a liability than help.

If you are using a spray skirt and you need to extricate your self quickly, please have a WHITE ball on the Grab Loop so you can find it easier while being upside down in darker water.


DISCLAIMER: Water sports are inherently and obviously more dangerous than most activities found on Meetup, however its much safer if you know how to self rescue, have some safety equipment, and are willing to learn some new skills along with being in acceptable physical shape.

Your way of knowing if you are in shape is to try to any self re-entry procedure at least 3 times successfully in deeper water while we are with you to assist if you need it along with being able to paddle for a few hours.

As you join us from the beginning of the season you will gain enough strength to handle the ocean trips of apx 11 miles or so naturally.

As a group we will attempt to save you as best we can given our own limitations, you have to do your part by being prepared for emergencies too. Please don't hold me or the group responsible for your actions if they are beyond our help, control, or reasoning.

This is a group of paddlers that enjoy the group environment, we learn things from each other, attending some events that promote safety, ( DEP, Coast Guard..our own practice..etc).

This group is not a business, a dues paying club or professional tour group, and there no kayak instructors are involved.

It is just a group of paddlers sharing in an enjoyable activity while learning as we go along.


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Average Water Temps:

APR 1-15=47*, APR 16-30=51*, MAY 1-15=54*, MAY 16-31=59*, JUN 1-15=62*, JUN 16-30=66*, JUL 1-15=68*, JUL 16-31=72*

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OK see you all on the water soon..


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