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Welcome to the Garden State Kayakers Meetup Group.

Note that ANY member of this group can schedule an outing. Please take advantage of this when you'd like to go kayaking

Andy F. does have spare kayaks and equipment for occasional loan, if you have an interest in learning how to kayak or self rescue techniques please be sure to mention it on discussion board.

For a list of available equipment please check the discussion board

several events about these are planned during the year.

if you have questions please feel free to email Andy F.

Valid photo is required for identification in case you get lost.

If no valid photo is put in you can be removed from group

Upcoming events (3)

Friday paddle on Cedar creek

William J Dudley Park

We will be paddling the scenic Cedar Creek from Ore Pond in Double Trouble State Park to Dudley Park. This is a narrow, winding river through a mostly secluded area. Short boats are definitely better for this trip, 12 feet or less is ideal, but is certainly doable in 14 foot boat. the creek could be shallow in places possibly requiring some boat dragging, lift overs of obstacles, and going under trees. There is one very short portage around a dam on this trip. We are meeting at the take out (William J Dudley Park in Bayville, where Rt. 9 crosses Cedar Creek). We will load up boats onto cars, and my trailer, then shuttle up to the launch at Ore Pond in Double Trouble State Park (about a 10-15 minute drive). We will paddle downstream, stop for lunch somewhere on the creek, then continue downstream to Dudley Park (where we are meeting). After the paddle we will retrieve any cars left at the launch. The total distance for the trip is about 7.2 miles, and should take about 3-4 hours. You should bring a lunch, water, a change of clothes in a dry bag, and the normal rescue gear (pump, sponge, whistle, etc). Trip cancellations due to thunder/high winds/flooding will be posted by 6:30am on the day of the paddle Andrew can be reached via cellphone at[masked] NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described. p.s. there wil be no loaning of equipment for this event.

I want to learn how to clam!

Island Beach State Park

Did you ever want to learn how to catch and eat those yummy Jersey clams? FYI YOU NEED A KAYAK! FYI YOU NEED A KAYAK! Andy will be at the put in , willing to teach any interested what equipment youll need and how to clam. and if your brave enough, hop in and give it a shot. He will have some spare equipment, 5 clam rakes 3 baskets... please try to make your own baskets But for those adventurous and inventive souls, here are some examples of clamming tools: a clam rake( a multi tonged curved rake). a pitch fork( yes exactly what your thinking) and you'll want someone to toss your clams in .. usually a plastic basket with a pool noodle around the top of it so it floats in the water but allows the water to flow thru it. and a piece of rope to tie it to you or your kayak, you tend to walk away from your kayak while clamming so an anchor or a rope tied to a rock might come in handy, or just a rope or bungee and loop it to someone else's kayak that's anchored.. there will be a 15 foot anchor line on andy's kayak to tie off to. Low tide is around 10:00 so as we clam the water will lower and give us walking room FYI: if you wish to keep the clams you find, a clamming license is 10$ per year and you can catch up to 150 clams a day. Nj clamming license (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/marinelicenses.htm) Shaped by storms and tides, Island beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching 10 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. It has the largest Osprey colony in the state as well as Peregrine falcons, wading birds and other migrating waterfowl. We will meet at Area 21 inside Island Beach State Park (Latitude:[masked] Longitude: [masked]) for a casual paddle north along the bay shore of the park. if you have a hoe or a steel rake bring it and a bucket Bring water, food/snacks for lunch, bug spray, suntan lotion, cameras, etc. Unless there are strong winds which can make the water a bit choppy; this is usually a very easy, and relaxed paddle. Trip participation needs to be limited to 9, due to the limited number of parking spots in the area. Park fee for NJ residents 10$ , $20 for Non-NJ residents). Map of area: http://www.savebarnegatbay.org Then scroll down and click on "Guide to the Sedge Islands". Additional information: http://www.islandbeachnj.org/ParkFacts/

Basic Rescues You Need to Know

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Whether you use a sit in or sit on top kayak, knowing how to rescue yourself or others if you happen to fall in is very important. If you are like my brother and I it’s also important bc you enjoy going in the water and need to get back in. There are many ways to do rescues and some are very easy while some are not. The goal for this class is to get you more comfortable in those cases where you and water meet. We will go over: -Different types of Self Rescues. -T vs X rescues. -Hand of God. - and how to use all of your rescue equipment correctly. You will need to bring a paddle float, bilge pump and boat sponge. If you don’t have these things they usually sell them in package deals at many places. This class is just for your knowledge and is not accredited in any way. We are doing this to help you and keep you safe. We will be doing this at 380 Dunhams Corner Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Go to google maps and you will see the water park but above it you see a walking trail that leads to water. The coordinates are below: 40°24'33.5"N 74°26'38.6"W NOTES: * PDF's must be worn * Wet to, Dry top and / or polyester * Spray skirt ( Optional ) * Lunch and water There is a limit of people to sign up for this class so if you want to take it RSVP. We can go over SOT’s but is mainly for Sit In’s. This class will be from 8-11. Spectators are welcomed, however do not enter the water or bring a kayak, and do not sign up for the event. NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.

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