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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.

NOTE as of 7/12/2020: Lessons are still on hold for this season due to Covid-19/Chinese virus/Wuhan flu or whatever you prefer to call it. Lessons will be scheduled again at the earliest opportunity it is deemed safe to conduct instruction which includes close personal contact during assisted rescues.

• 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.

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!

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Essentials of Kayak Touring - ACA Level 2 skills & rescues

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The Essentials of Kayak Touring course follows the curriculum of the American Canoe Association (ACA) and reviews basic strokes and introduces 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, you will be introduced how to use a spray skirt with a touring kayak.

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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 rescues (including using different equipment to assist the rescue)

• Trip planning

• And lots more

This course is highly encouraged for anyone thinking of paddling in our open bay waters, large rivers, or to Deer Island in a sea kayak or sit-on-top (SOT) where swimming back to shore is not a preferred or easy option.

We will intentionally "get wet" several times so plan to wear wicking/quick-dry clothing, i.e. NOT cotton.

When & where is the class? Class will be from 8:00 until about 4:00, probably in the Long Beach/Gulfport/Biloxi area (or Flint Creek Reservoir, Wiggins approx $5 entry fee). Exact location will be determined about 24-48 hrs before class depending on predicted weather conditions. Plan to bring a bag lunch and/or snacks and water.

What kayak is appropriate for this training? A 1) sea kayak, 2) recreational kayak, or 3) sit on top (SOT). All kayaks for this class should be a minimum of 13 feet long whether sit in or SOT. Also, sea and recreational kayaks must have a minimum of two dry compartments or be fitted with air bags for inherent buoyancy/flotation. A spray skirt is NOT required however if you have one, you will learn how to safely use one and we will practice with it. Please test your spray skirt for fit on dry land before class.

Cockpits and spray skirts come in different sizes so make sure yours fits your kayak before class if you plan to use one. Call me early on if you have questions about your kayak, safety equipment, or spray skirt - or if you plan to order a spray skirt before class.

Additional safety equipment: if you have a bilge pump, paddle float, or other safety equipment, please bring them. If you do not yet have them, please do not buy prior to class. I will bring extras and we will discus advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Tuition: $100 for Meetup members. Additionally, there is a $10 charge for ACA insurance if you are not an ACA member. Cash or check preferred, additionally 3.5% if using credit/debit.

CALL me directly at[masked]. A "yes" RSVP on Meetup does NOT register you. Class is limited to 5 students. Some register without being Meetup members so numbers shown may not add up to 6 (5 students + instructor). The numbers will be updated as participants register and pre-pay. If the phone goes to voice mail assume I am probably paddling. When you leave a message with your name and number I will call you back.

Sand Jam "Turtle Up Mississippi"

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Jackson County Outdoor Services is hosting an informative celebration of MS Native Turtles (land, water, and sea turtles) with a beach front park turtle event geared toward kids (and those of us who often act like kids).

Come on out to Sand Jam 2022 at Beach Park to:

  • let the kids have a free, fun outing & learn about turtles, or
  • test paddle a kayak, or
  • volunteer to share your enthusiasm for paddling with new paddlers

Kayaks will be available for new paddlers to use in the immediate vicinity of the event. If you do not yet have a kayak or have never paddled, this is an opportunity to test paddle a kayak. There is no charge for test paddle the kayaks.

A few experienced paddlers will be assisting new paddlers near the beach front for safety. This is a beach event with demonstration paddling available. Experienced paddlers are welcome to assist us...please contact me if you would like to volunteer!

This Jackson County sponsored event is announced on MS Sea Kayak and Kayaking MeetUp to offer a paddling opportunity for folks who do not own a kayak. Come out and try a kayak!

Paddlers are responsible for their own safety. Life jackets must be properly worn at all times on the water. No alcohol or drugs prior to or while paddling.

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Introduction to Kayaking - ACA Level 1 Skills

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