What we're about

Calling all paddlers of sea kayaks, recreation kayaks, sit-on-tops (SOTs), fishing kayaks, and racers! (Canoeists/paddle-boarders too.)

Our mission is to form a community of people who enjoy paddling safely , meeting other kayakers, and discovering new places to paddle in the South Mississippi area.

There are many waterways to explore along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, and for hearty adventurers even the barrier islands for those who complete specialized sea kayak training and develop rescue skills. Plus, we are 4 hours or less drive to outstanding paddling and kayak surfing in Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana.

It is FREE to join our paddling group. You will get emails and email updates on kayak trips we plan.

Some paddling things you can choose to do:

• Group paddles. An event organizer coordinates each group paddle. Meet up paddles may be conducted at various levels of required paddling skill necessary to safely enjoy the event. Each paddler is responsible for his/her own safety. These are not guided paddles - the event organizer is not a paddling guide, merely a paddling enthusiast just as each of us !! The paddle trips may range from easy to very challenging (and only for trained & experienced paddlers). Almost all kayak trips sound interesting for one reason or another regardless of the difficulty, however if you do not have the skill, paddling experience, and/or equipment required for a particular paddle, the event organizer may ask you to sit out that specific scheduled paddle. Please be understanding and recognize the event organizer is doing this for your safety and the safety of the group based on their personal experience.

• Safe paddling! This covers many areas of concern, some we cannot control, however the two most important items we can control are: 1) wear a properly fitting life jacket (PFD) that is buckled/zipped up at all times when on the water in your kayak, and 2) abstain from alcohol and/or drugs before and while paddling on kayak trips. Another lesson learned about safe paddling is to never wear cotton clothing when paddling - when it gets wet, it stays wet and promotes the onset of hypothermia even in our disgustingly HOT summers.

• Paddling friends. Kayaking is a team sport. It is much safer to paddle with others rather than paddling solo.

• Kayak skill development. A few meetup members are certified instructors who offer American Canoe Association (ACA) sanctioned kayaking lessons which are ideal for our coastal area. Learning to paddle efficiently and being introduced to and/or practicing with kayaking safety equipment will give you the confidence to paddle more and in more challenging conditions. Completing some classes followed by additional individual practice should make you a safer paddler. NOTE: Instructors usually charge a fee for these highly recommended ACA classes.

• Paddling advocacy. Though we have no political agenda, many of us enjoy nature and would like to see wild areas remain friendly for people to enjoy the outdoors and viewing wildlife. Sometimes we choose individually to make our voices heard.

There is also no obligation to be a part of our paddling community. We ask that you simply have a love for the outdoors and a desire for safe paddling adventure.

As our group grows we hope to create group discounts at other events, races, kayak instruction, and with local outfitters.

Please basic paddling safety: 1) wear a properly fitting PFD when on the water, and 2) no alcohol prior to or while paddling a kayak. Save any alcohol for a post-paddling celebration on land!

Upcoming events (5+)

Weekly Fitness Paddle

Hiller Park

Paddling season doesn't end in Mississippi, but that doesn't mean we don't want to paddled more! Come join me, every Wednesday for an evening jaunt around Biloxi Bay and adjoining lakes. The goal can vary depending on conditions, but 60 minutes and 4 miles on the water is a good starting point. Paddlers are required to have a life vest and a light in case we're out towards dark. It doesn't matter what you paddle, but you must have the proper gear and knowledge to paddle it safely. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you out on the water!

Intro to Kayaking & Essentials of Kayak Touring - ACA Levels 1 & 2 class

Gulfport area - TBD based on weather forecast

The Introduction to Kayaking and Essentials of Kayak Touring courses review basic strokes and introduce safe paddling essentials such as braces (the skill which reduces your risk of capsizing), and how to rescue yourself and/or others in several ways depending on the situation. Additionally, the Essentials of Kayak Touring includes how to use a spray skirt. ---------- CALL[masked] to register. ---------- Course Prerequisite for Level 1: Completion of QuickStart Your Kayak or instructor's permission. Course Prerequisite for Level 2: Completion of Level 1 - Introduction to Kayaking or instructor's permission Skills to be covered & performed: • Forward, reverse, sweep, stopping, and draw strokes • Low and high braces • Wet exit using a spray skirt (applies to sit-in sea kayaks) • Reentering your kayak in deep water • Individual and assisted (helping others) rescues • Trip planning considerations • And lots more This course is highly encouraged for anyone thinking of paddling in the large, open bays of our local waters or to Deer Island in a sea kayak, recreation kayak, or sit-on-top (SOT). We will intentionally "get wet" several times so dress accordingly. Wear wicking/quick-dry clothing, i.e. NOT cotton. Also footwear which will stay on your feet. Flip-flops are not appropriate footwear during this class. When & where is the class? Class will be from 8:00 until about 4:30, probably in the Gulfport area (or Flint Creek Reservoir, Wiggins). Exact location will be determined about 24 hrs before class depending on predicted weather conditions. Plan to bring a bag lunch and/or snacks and water. To register (or for questions): Call[masked]. FYI - no txt this phone. Tuition: $95 for Meetup members. Additionally, there is a $5 charge for ACA insurance if you are not an ACA member. For the Level 1 course: Bring your own kayak. Level 1 participants will not use spray skirts. For the Level 2 course: Bring your own kayak (minimum of two dry compartments or air bags for buoyancy) with a properly fitted spray skirt. Please test your spray skirt for fit on dry land before class. NOTE: Cockpits and spray skirts come in different sizes so make sure yours fits your kayak before class. Call me early on if you have questions about your kayak and spray skirt - or if you need to order a spray skirt. CALL[masked] to register. Clicking "yes" on meetup is not registering. Unless you call, you will not receive preliminary and last minute class information.

Paddle for Paws

Lighthouse Park

Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers are helping to support a great cause, Paddle for Paws, which takes place Saturday, 9/21. Details are as follows: The 3rd Annual Paddle for Paws Poker Float will take place on Saturday, September 21. The event is a fundraiser for Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets, a 501c3 non-profit, non-government funded, and all volunteer based rescue organization that, in 2018, rescued 435 dogs and cats, most of which came from the shelter in Gautier. Check-in will begin at 9a.m. at Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula with stops at Huck’s, Tiki, River Park, Brady’s and West Pascagoula River is hosting a bonus water stop for paddlers and boaters. At 3 p.m. all participants will meet back at Lighthouse Park to award the Best Hand Prizes (1st = $500 gift card to Academy, 2nd - $250 VISA card and 3rd - $100 gift card to Adventure Outfitters). There will also be a raffle. The $35 registration includes 1 game card, 2 raffle tickets, a burger or po-boy at Tiki, and an event t-shirt while supplies last (guaranteed if registered by 9/8/19). To learn more and to stay up to date visit the @Paddleforpawspokerfloat facebook page. You can also register at www.fjcasp.com In 2018, FJCASP spent more than $78K on medical expenses, preventatives, and shelter pull fees. Many of the animals rescued by FJCASP volunteers have medical issues including heartworms, URI, UTI, skin issues, etc. ALL (100%) of proceeds raised from the P4P event will be used to treat the animals. The PPP will meet at Lighthouse Park at 9:00 and leave as a group at 9:30. You can paddle with the group, or separately, or travel by boat or car. All options are available. If you would like to paddle with our group, we plan to leave Lighthouse Park at 9:30 to paddle the 9 mile trip to each of the 4 stops. If you plan to paddle, be aware that the round trip is 9 miles, which is longer than recommended for beginners. There are 4 stops, but two legs of the trip are 4 miles each. Remember to register by 9/08 to be assured of getting a tee shirt. Comeout and join the fun and support a good cause. Alice Baker, Darcie Crew, Kristi Ducote, Charlie McVea, Jimmy Krebs, Fletcher Songe, Eric Richards

Weekly Fitness Paddle

Hiller Park

Paddling season doesn't end in Mississippi, but that doesn't mean we don't want to paddled more! Come join me, every Wednesday for an evening jaunt around Biloxi Bay and adjoining lakes. The goal can vary depending on conditions, but 60 minutes and 4 miles on the water is a good starting point. Paddlers are required to have a life vest and a light in case we're out towards dark. It doesn't matter what you paddle, but you must have the proper gear and knowledge to paddle it safely. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you out on the water!

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Weekly Fitness Paddle

Hiller Park

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