What we're about

Simply Kayaking is all about having safe fun on the water. Lakes, rivers, creeks, swamps, inter-coastal, ocean, whitewater - anything bigger than a pool! Most of our events are planned within 90 mins drive of Raleigh/Durham, with some very close by, though we've been know to occasionally stray to South Carolina, or northern Florida. We even throw a BBQ now and then, but don't look to us for yoga or Spanish lessons, unless you want to do it in a kayak. We go to beautiful paddle venues, including a few that are not very well known (can you keep a secret?).

Being outdoors is good for your soul! Paddling in the middle of an open lake is the perfect antidote for spending too much time under ceilings. Paddling through a tree maze makes you smile from your heart - I don't think it's possible to be unhappy there.

We appreciate your optional donation of $5/yr to help us run the meetup site and buy somem food for summer picnics. You can contribute via a button on the left side of the Simply Kayaking meetup page. None of the organizers are compensated in any way. If there is a small fee to get into a park or rent a campsite we'll let you know.

We don't provide you with kayaks, but you can join even if you don't currently have one. It is a bit limiting though! Only a few places we paddle at rent kayaks there (in season). Occasionally we post events where you can try out various kayaks from local suppliers or club members. Look in our discussions section for places to rent, buying advice, or ask questions! Note that inflatable boats, while darn convenient, are usually slower that molasses, and you probably won't be able to keep up with us if you have one.

Our wonderful members make this club the best meetup in the triangle!

We have very few rules:

1) Keep Safe

Few if any of us have kayak training certifications, but we do insist on safty first! - You must be 18+ or with a guardian that can save your butt if necessary. You can also be multiples of 18+! - We require you to bring and wear a PFD (personal floatation device) with a waterproof whistle. - You must be able to swim 100 yards in an emergency. If you can't manage this most basic stuff we will kindly kick your butt to the street! It's also really important to learn to avoid dangerous situations, particularly on flowing rivers, night paddles, and on the ocean. we can help you with that!

We do practice rescues, but rescues can also put several people in danger, so we expect you to allways be careful, use good judgement, and listen up when the organizer gives a very rare safety command. Some paddles are great for novices too - please tell us in the event discussion of you are a beginner so we can tell you if it's a good paddle for you, and we can also teach you a little about efficient paddling if you like.

Simply Kayaking is a club that connects individual kayakers together for paddle events. We are not responsible for your safety or convinience, or for that of your guests! Being safe first allows everyone to have fun!

Always check back to the even listing the morning of event to check for weather-related cancellations.

2) Fun, not Drama!

Paddles vary from leisurely to quick paced, short to long, but almost always allow for stopping for lunch, chat, photos, etc. Check the event description and ask questions if you have any. We do expect you to be ready to launch at the time specified. If you're a really amazing person we might give you an extra couple minutes, but don't blame us for leaving on time! Sometimes we don't all stay together during a long paddle. That usually happens when we're out for a long time and friends paddle at very different speeds or love to talk vs want some quite time out in nature.

You're free to talk about any old thing, but use good judgement about who you dicuss sensitive issues with - because our common denominator is not politics or religion, it's about having fun in the beautiful outdoors! Some of our events limit attendence, so please don't sign up for an event and take that slot unless you're rather certain you can come. Un-RSVP as soon as possible if you can't make it. If you have a history of last-minute no-shows, we kick your butt to the streets!

3) Hah, there is no rule 3!

I'm Dave D. I've been a member of SK for 8+ years, and have been running the club since Oct 2016, following the superb leaderships of the amazing paddle rat and owner of the most possible boats Captain Ron Wulff, the kayak Ninja Sophie White, and the very mysterious Daryl (who nobody ever met that was permitted to live). Our members make this club what it is! I've met many wonderful people through this club, and some have become closes friends. We've gone to some of the most beautiful places in North Carolina and beyond. Some places that very few ever get to see. And so with your help, we can keep this tradition alive and active in the Triangle.

SK is always looking for organizers with some kayaking experience and resonably good judgement to lead trips in the area. We will gladly make you an Organizer or Assistant Organizer if we get to know you a little first. Please contact us if you're interested! We want to sponsor lots of safe, fun trips, all year round.

See you out on the water soon!

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Simply Kayaking is a club that connects individual kayakers together for paddle events. We are not responsible for your safety or convenience, or for that of your guests. Fun, not drama!

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Upcoming events (5)

The Meteor Thingy

Farrington Point Boat Ramp

OVERVIEW: We'll leisurely paddle EAST under the bridge, as we hug the shoreline. Once we get near the 1st island, we'll meet up with the other group and enjoy the "Meteor Thingy". Around Midnight we'll start paddling back toward the kayak launch. Please let me know if you decide to join the other group for the ride back. DETAILS: Please arrive by 9:00 and be ready to launch at 9:15 Meetup Start: 9:15 Trip Distance: 4 miles Pace: Leisurely Return to Launch : Midnight REQUIRED by USCG: Life Jacket (PFD), Whistle / Horn & White Light. REQUIRED by “Simply Kayaking: A PFD must be worn at night !! Also, please wear or mount on your boat, a RED or GREEN light that is ON after dark. The RED light can clipped to your Kayak or PFD. Lastly, a mask must be worn any time you can’t keep a 6’ physical distance....from me ;0). RECOMMENDED: Headlamp for the Launch, Bug Spray, Snacks, Water and a Butt Pad...(it's going to be 3 hours)...LOL LIGHT OPTIONS: Online Light purchases…. https://www.amazon.com/Nite-Ize-SPOTLIT-Night-Safety/dp/B00ZQH6WNQ/ https://www.amazon.com/Life-Gear-Technology-Flashlight-Lighting/dp/B00IGH016W Lights can also be purchased at Walmart, REI, Dicks, Academy Sports, etc. CANCELLATIONS: Please check this website by 6 pm for a cancellation due to the weather. WARNING: Paddling at night can be disorienting. We ask that nobody leave the group at night without informing leaders, and we STRONGLY suggest pairing with a “buddy.” DISCLAIMER: The “Simply Kayaking” group is not responsible for you or your guest's safety or equipment. You and your successors agree to hold all Organizers and other group members harmless in the event of equipment loss or damage, injury or death. However we will make every effort to try to keep everyone safe and content :0)

Late Night Parseid Meteor Watch at Jordan Lake/Farrington Point

Farrington Point Boat Ramp

let’s hope for a clear sky for meteor watching, and contemplate the universe together. the annual Parseid meteor shower peaks this year btw midnight aug 11 and dawn aug 13, so let’s shoot for the sweet spot on the night of aug 12. moonrise that night is just after midnight, which soon after will make viewing more difficult. please arrive at 945 and be ready to launch at 10pm. that should give us 30+ mins to accommodate our eyes to the dark, and at least an hour of viewing time. i’m limiting to 12 paddlers. since we’re going to be looking up, comfort is important. sit in your kayak on dry ground and lean all the way back to stare at the sky. experiment will inflatable pillows, pool noodles, or other non-absorbing foam to bring comfortable support with you. PFD and lights are required! (see below) you MUST bring a mask and wear it any time you can’t keep 6’ physical distance (especially on land). time for some bug spray too! note that a white light and whistle is required by law. a flashlight in a ziplock bag can suffice. but since white lights are blinding at night, we also REQUIRE you to wear or have mounted on your boat a red light that is on at all times after dark. the red light can be as simple as this, clipped to boat or pfd. https://www.amazon.com/Nite-Ize-SPOTLIT-Night-Safety/dp/B00ZQH6WNQ/ you can generally buy lights like this at walmart, rei, etc. this one serves both purposes (white and red): https://www.amazon.com/Life-Gear-Technology-Flashlight-Lighting/dp/B00IGH016W we’ll be running with red lights only, as white/yellow/green lights will ruin our eyes for star gazing. i’ll figure out the paddle plan after a bit more research for best parseid viewing. more info: https://www.almanac.com/content/perseid-meteor-shower paddling at night can be disorienting to some. we ask that nobody leave the group at night without informing leaders, and strongly suggest pairing with a “buddy”! it is not good to get separated in the dark! we’re launching from the “primitive” (left fork) side ramps at farrington point, NOT the motor boat launch/docks on the right fork. remember that Simply Kayaking club is just a group of half-crazy kayakers, and is not responsible for your safety or convenience. more safe fun, less drama!

Leisurely, Relaxing Paddle at Sax Lake and lunch at Sax General Store

Saxapahaw Lake Paddle Access

This is about relaxing and paddling leisurely. If you want to make miles, this isn't the paddle for you. If you want to throw in a fishing line, go for a swim, water gun silliness, wildlife/foliage watch (last time we saw Bald Eagles!) and socialize, please come join us! https://www.thehaw.org/paddle-trail/river-section-guides/saxapahaw-lake. Please have your boat in the lake at 8:00 am ready to paddle. We will start at Sax Lake Paddle access, not Sax Mill Race Access. 6096 Jordan Drive, Graham, NC. It may look like someone's driveway, but it will turn into the boat launch. Link below shows access. https://goo.gl/maps/2Jiqo9ZBUBJbdpJH8 Plan on arriving at the boating access, dropping your boat and then find parking close by. There is limited parking space, so we are starting early! Plan to paddle about 3 hours. Once we launch, make an immediate right towards the lake, not a left towards the dam!!! We will explore inlets and paddle around the first island. Sax General Store is a delicious place for lunch after the paddle! https://saxgenstore.com/menu/ 1.You must wear a PFD (life vest) while paddling with SK. 2.Waterproof whistle is also required by law. 3.You must bring a mask and wear it any time you can't keep 6' distance. 4.Bring sunscreen, water, snacks, sunhat, etc. 5.Cash if you are staying for lunch. SK is a club for getting paddlers together, and can never be responsible for your safety or convenience. More fun, less drama! Ask questions in the discussion area below.

Leisurely, Relaxing Paddle at Sax Lake and lunch at Sax General Store

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This is about relaxing and paddling leisurely. If you want to make miles, this isn't the paddle for you. If you want to throw in a fishing line, go for a swim, water gun silliness, wildlife/foliage watch (last time we saw Bald Eagles!) and socialize, please come join us! https://www.thehaw.org/paddle-trail/river-section-guides/saxapahaw-lake. Please have your boat in the lake at 8:00 am ready to paddle. We will start at Sax Lake Paddle access, not Sax Mill Race Access. 6096 Jordan Drive, Graham, NC. It may look like someone's driveway, but it will turn into the boat launch. Link below shows access. https://goo.gl/maps/2Jiqo9ZBUBJbdpJH8 Plan on arriving at the boating access, dropping your boat and then find parking close by. There is limited parking space, so we are starting early! Plan to paddle about 3 hours. Once we launch, make an immediate right towards the lake, not a left towards the dam!!! We will explore inlets and paddle around the first island. Sax General Store is a delicious place for lunch after the paddle! https://saxgenstore.com/menu/ 1.You must wear a PFD (life vest) while paddling with SK. 2.Waterproof whistle is also required by law. 3.You must bring a mask and wear it any time you can't keep 6' distance. 4.Bring sunscreen, water, snacks, sunhat, etc. 5.Cash if you are staying for lunch. SK is a club for getting paddlers together, and can never be responsible for your safety or convenience. More fun, less drama! Ask questions in the discussion area below.

Past events (596)

Harris Lake's Holleman Ramp

Harris Lake's Holleman Boat Ramp

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