What we're about

About NSKC. (Our trips are intended for intermediate to advanced paddlers)

Welcome! For 15 years, NSKC has organized day paddling trips around Long Island waterways, with occasional longer trips to areas within the Tri-State. Trips range from short paddles on protected waters to longer, more exposed open-water paddles,. We also sponsor beach cleanups and skills classes. Our trips are for intermediate to advanced paddlers with Kayaks longer than 12 feet. We believe paddling is safer, easier and more enjoyable with a group of friends.

NSKC membership

To become a NSKC member, download, print, and complete our waiver form, at https://www.dropbox.com/s/662t9hfc51z4c5d/NSKC%20WAIVER%20AND%20RELEASE%20OF%20ALL%20LIABILITY%20CLAIMS%202020.pdf?dl=0

· Bring the form and the $10 annual membership fee to the Season Meeting to your first paddle.

· Paddles are open to NSKC members only.

NSKC Leaders

· NSKC trip leaders are volunteer organizers, not guides or instructors.

The trip leader can cancel the trip if conditions warrant it, at any time. The trip leader can review each participant's qualifications, equipment and clothing and can refuse participation to those who they deem unqualified or improperly equipped. The trip leader can set and vary the pace and the route, as needed, and turn the group back, short of the trip objective, if conditions warrant it.

NSKC Trip Sign Up

· The link for the 2020 schedule of paddles is: https://www.meetup.com/North_Shore_Kayak_Club/events/270469544/ (https://www.meetup.com/North_Shore_Kayak_Club/events/260351780/)

RSVP for the trip you choose. You will receive a response, asking you to TEXT the leader with your name, cell number, your emergency name and number. If necessary, the leader will text participants with trip updates (weather, location, time changes/cancellations). If you RSVP for a trip but your plans change, please update your RSVP. Don't be a “no show”.

Choosing the Right Trip

Check to see if you possess the skill level (see Trip Levels), gear or attire to participate in the trip safely. Don’t sign up for a trip that you are not capable of completing. You will endanger yourself and the entire group. Kayaking is a potentially dangerous sport that presents a risk of serious injury or death. You choose to attend a NSKC event at your own risk and accept all responsibility for your own safety. The difficulty level of the trip is presumed under normal circumstances however the weather can push a Level 2 trip to a Level 3 trip. If you feel uncomfortable with the agenda, weather conditions, or have a health problem, it is your responsibility to something to the group, or, privately, to the leader. If the trip looks like it's more than you can handle, it's OK to bail out, or lobby for a change. NSKC does not provide instruction. If you are a novice, we highly recommend that you take a basic kayaking course before joining a NSKC paddle.

Arrive at least a half-hour prior to all paddles

The scheduled trip time is when you should be in the water and ready to paddle away. You must arrive a minimum of one- half hour prior to the scheduled trip departure time, to allow sufficient time to unload, prepare your boat and gear and join a pre-launch meeting.

During the Paddle

The use of alcohol and drugs on club paddles is prohibited. Stay with the group, following the leader’s route. Faster paddlers should pause regularly to allow everyone to regroup. Personal responsibility - each participant is responsible for his/her own safety. Never blindly follow anyone into a situation you are not sure of. If you are having trouble, inform the trip leader Look out for others in the group. Look for signs of sunburn, fatigue, seasickness or dehydration, inform the trip leader and help out if needed. If you choose to leave the group, tell the trip leader. In an emergency situation, the person performing the rescue is in charge. Give them space and do as they say.

Day Paddle Checklist

· Sea or touring sit-in kayak, Longer than 12 feet long (REQUIRED)

PFD (REQUIRED to be worn on the water)

Whistle -required

Water (required) & snack/food

Paddle float Bilge pump

Spray skirt (required to be worn on open water)

Sunscreen

First aid kit

Spare clothes

Night Paddle Checklist

Same list as the Day Paddle 360 degree visible white light (REQUIRED)

Paddle Trip Ratings

Trips are separately rated for conditions/skills and endurance.

Level 1A trip is the easiest trip, while a Level 5D is the most difficult.

Kayakers should match their skill and endurance levels to each trip’s ratings.

Note: Trip levels are determined by both typical conditions and/or

the current weather forecast for a given area.

Key To Paddle Ratings:

Required Skills In Trip Level Conditions

Wind Conditions (MPH)
(S)ustained
(G)usts

Water Conditions / Distance From Shoreline

Miscellaneous Requirements

Here is a link to the paddle ratings;

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2qe0jjrqgw4hms/Kayak%20Trip%20Ratings%20and%20Skill%20Levels..pdf?dl=0

#1

Wet exit or permission from the trip leader

S 0 - 5
G 0

Flat water
Less than ¼ mile from shore in protected waters

Entry and exit on soft beach sand

#2

Perform in level 2 conditions:

· Wet exits

· Assisted rescues

S 5 - 10
G 15

Waves 1 foot or less
Current 2 knots or less
Less than ½ mile from shore
Minimal boat traffic

Entry and exit from a dock and/or pebbled beach

#3

Perform in level 3 conditions:

· Assisted rescues

· Self rescues

· Bracing

S 10 - 15
G 20

Waves 1 - 2 feet, may break over kayak
Current 3 - 4 knots
Less than 1 mile from shore
Moderate boat traffic with sufficient distance for safety

Spray skirts required for Level 3 and above.
Entry and exit from a dock and/or rocky beach.

#4

Perform in level 3 conditions:

· Assisted rescues

· Self rescues

· Instinctive bracing

S 15 - 20
G 25

Waves 2 - 3 feet
Currents 4 - 6 knots
Exposed crossings up to 10 miles
Heavy boat traffic in close proximity

Entry and exit into breaking waves and/or rocky coast line

Key to Endurance Rating

*Trip Length- considered total time paddling, exclusive of rest stops.

Actual trip time will be longer.

** Single-Segment Duration - the longest time paddling between rest stops.

*** Suggested Rest Stops - to be used as a guide. The trip leader will determine actual quantity and duration of rest stops.

A

Trip Length: Up to 3 hours / 6 miles

Segment: Up to 1 hour

Pace: Up to 2.5 MPH

Minimum of 1 stop.
Not less than ½-hour duration

B

Trip Length: to 4 hours / 10 miles

Segment: Up to 2 hour

Pace: Up to 3.5 MPH

Minimum of 1 stop.
Approx. ½-hour duration

C

Trip Length: Up to 6 hours / 15 miles

Segment: Up to 3 hour

Pace: No Limit

Rest Stops: TBD by the trip-leader

D

Trip Length: Greater than 6 hours / 15 miles

Segment: Greater than 3 hours

Pace: No Limit

Rest Stops: TBD by the trip-leader

Upcoming events (5)

Hempstead Harbor Park into East Creek

175 W Shore Rd

Launching from Hempstead Harbor Park boat launch we will paddle our way out of the harbor checking out some nooks and crannies along the way. We will cross the harbor heading west along Sands Point and enter East Creek where we will have lunch. Those interested and up for it, might take a shorted break and head over to Execution Light House before heading back. "Wet Launch" Time is 10:30 am. Give yourself plenty of time to gear up! Launch times may become staggered due to #s in attendance. We will be limiting attendance for this paddle members with their Paperwork in order. 1. "Attend" the Event: Safety Release & Waiver. 2. A filled out and returned HARD COPY of waiver with completed contact info ( if you haven't already ). High tide: 12:39 pm Paddle Distance: 9.5 - ++ miles Paddle Rating 2-3 B. Spray Skirts are REQUIRED! As conditions change, so can the paddle rating. We will modify the Paddle as needed, due to conditions. Water & Air temps are dropping. Dress for success. We will be following "best practices" of the CDC guidelines. Use masks when not physical distancing. Paddle Vests must be worn at all times on the water. You should have a whistle ( attached to your vest). Recommended: bilge pump, paddle float, sponge and a Marine Radio. A spray skirt is REQUIRED! Bring the appropriate solar screening, water, and snack / food / beverages that you would like when we stop on the Beach for lunch. Please help our club run smoothly. If you aren’t going to go to a paddle that you signed up for, change your status on line, OR if you are going to be late, please call the event leader 30 minutes before launch time. Learn what the ratings mean : https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2qe0jjrqgw4hms/Kayak%20Trip%20Ratings%20and%20Skill%20Levels..pdf?dl=0

Udall's Cove , Fort Totten, Throg's Neck bridge

28-02 Douglas Rd

Launch at Udall's cove at 10:00. Paddle past Fort Totten, under the Throgs Neck bridge to a park for lunch. Please remember that we are arriving early, parking in a quiet residential area and launching from their private park. Please act accordingly! "Wet Launch" Time is 10:00 am. Give yourself plenty of time to gear up! Launch times may become staggered due to #s in attendance. We will be limiting attendance for this paddle members with their Paperwork in order. 1. "Attend" the Event: Safety Release & Waiver. 2. A filled out and returned HARD COPY of waiver with completed contact info ( if you haven't already ). High tide: 11:37 pm Paddle Distance: 8.5 - 9.5 miles Paddle Rating 2-3 B. Spray Skirts are REQUIRED! As conditions change, so can the paddle rating. We will modify the Paddle as needed, due to conditions. We will be following "best practices" of the CDC guidelines. Use masks when not physical distancing. Paddle Vests must be worn at all times on the water. You should have a whistle ( attached to your vest). Recommended: bilge pump, paddle float, sponge and a Marine Radio. A spray skirt is REQUIRED! Bring the appropriate solar screening, water, and snack / food / beverages that you would like when we stop at the Beach for lunch. Please help our club run smoothly. If you aren’t going to go to a paddle that you signed up for, change your status on line, OR if you are going to be late, please call the event leader 30 minutes before launch time. Learn what the ratings mean : https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2qe0jjrqgw4hms/Kayak%20Trip%20Ratings%20and%20Skill%20Levels..pdf?dl=0

Pryibil Beach paddle

Pryibil Beach

This is a great off season paddle! There are no amenities here but for the beautiful surroundings. This can be a short or long paddle, route options TBA. Low tide: 1:00 PM. We will be passing historic gold coast mansions, marshes, through a golf club, and bars. (the sandy kind) Be prepared for possible swells near the shore. You must have proper equipment (ie. no sit-on-tops or short kayaks). Water & Air temps are dropping. Dress for success. Air may be cool but the water temperature is still good. Rain date is Sunday, October 25th, 10:00. Remember, event time is wet launch time. Give yourself enough time to gear up! "Wet Launch" Time is 10:00 am. Travel Distance from P.W.: 15 miles / 30 minutes Paddle Distance: 5 / 10 miles Difficulty Rating: 3 C Spray Skirts are REQUIRED! As conditions change, so can the paddle rating. We will modify the Paddle as needed, due to conditions. Low tide: 1:02 pm Launch times may become staggered due to #s in attendance. We will be limiting attendance for this paddle members with their Paperwork in order. 1. "Attend" the Event: Safety Release & Waiver. 2. A filled out and returned HARD COPY of waiver with completed contact info ( if you haven't already ). We will be following "best practices" of the CDC guidelines. Use masks when not physical distancing. Paddle Vests must be worn at all times on the water. You should have a whistle ( attached to your vest). Recommended: bilge pump, paddle float, sponge and a Marine Radio. A spray skirt is REQUIRED! Bring the appropriate solar screening, water, and snack / food / beverages that you would like when we stop at the Beach for lunch. Please help our club run smoothly. If you aren’t going to go to a paddle that you signed up for, change your status on line, OR if you are going to be late, please call the event leader 30 minutes before launch time. Learn what the ratings mean : https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2qe0jjrqgw4hms/Kayak%20Trip%20Ratings%20and%20Skill%20Levels..pdf?dl=0

Morgan Park Halloween Pot Luck Party Paddle

175 W Shore Rd

This is the season ending scheduled paddle for the North Shore Kayak Club. We will launch from Hempstead Harbor Beach and will choose one of the two tracks at launch time. The shorter track is to head towards Morgan Park, with a detour to the waterfall by the marina in Glen Cove, then paddle over to Morgan Park. The longer track is to head into Roslyn first, then loop around towards Morgan Park with a detour to the waterfall, before heading towards Morgan Park. Bring whatever food / beverages / deserts that you would like to share to toast to another successful season! Launch Time: 10:00 am. Boat Ramp access from south entrance of park. Go through ticket booth & turn right and head through open rolling gate in fence line. If you want the shorter paddle option, you can wait for the group to return from Roslyn, and join us as we head towards the waterfall. "Wet Launch" Time is 10:00 am. Give yourself plenty of time to gear up! Launch times may become staggered due to #s in attendance. We will be limiting attendance for this paddle members with their Paperwork in order. 1. "Attend" the Event: Safety Release & Waiver. 2. A filled out and returned HARD COPY of waiver with completed contact info ( if you haven't already ). High tide: 11:47 am Paddle Distance: 8-9 miles or 11-12 miles Paddle Rating 2- B. Spray Skirts are Highly recommended!!!! As conditions change, so can the paddle rating. We will modify the Paddle as needed, due to conditions. Water & Air temps are dropping. Dress for success. We will be following "best practices" of the CDC guidelines. Use masks when not physical distancing. Paddle Vests must be worn at all times on the water. You should have a whistle ( attached to your vest). Recommended: bilge pump, paddle float, sponge and a Marine Radio. A spray skirt is highly recommended. Bring the appropriate solar screening, water, and snack / food / beverages that you would like when we stop on the Beach for lunch. Please help our club run smoothly. If you aren’t going to go to a paddle that you signed up for, change your status on line, OR if you are going to be late, please call the event leader 30 minutes before launch time. Learn what the ratings mean : https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2qe0jjrqgw4hms/Kayak%20Trip%20Ratings%20and%20Skill%20Levels..pdf?dl=0

Past events (42)

Huntington Harbor to Caumsett paddle

Gold Star Beach

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