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About billvoss

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    The gourmet kayaker suggests a good roll with your meal
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  1. I still plan to go.
  2. I expect to enjoy Walden again this Wednesday, Sept 28th, 2016.
  3. In the legal sense, I'm not a lawyer so I cannot answer that question. We know that repeatedly telling someone "now capsize" carries some amount of drowning risk. Even as a layman, I would expect doing that as a formal rolling instructor must carry some liability risk. Especially when I am not "certified as a rolling instructor" by some organization like the ACA or BCU. In the financial sense, nobody can afford to insure against all possible risks. It is generally not worth insuring against small risks which do not significantly endanger your standard of living. So generally you should carry high deductibles, and should not buy extended warranties. Liability insurance covers a very unlikely but potentially huge risk. So I do like to have liability insurance when I can get it cheaply. In practice, I don't feel much need for specific liability insurance when I am helping people I know with their rolling. Even when I am helping absolute beginners who wander into a pool session not knowing how to roll my concerns are minimal with a life guard present and a bunch of witnesses. However, this summer I was posting AMC "trips" promising to teach people how to roll. I had never met half of my students before their first lesson. Though the lessons were on a public pond, there wasn't necessarily anyone else around to act as an independent witness if something went horribly wrong. So yes, having the students sign a liability waiver, and knowing I had AMC liability insurance was to me worth the AMC bureaucracy and my annual AMC membership fee.
  4. The strength and weakness of AMC sea kayaking, at least in NH, is all trips are led, and while the leader can screen participants, most participants are in NSPN terms L2 paddlers. There are relatively few people qualified to lead trips who want to lead a bunch of AMC L2 trips. However, for those that do, AMC membership and AMC leader status is a very inexpensive way to get liability insurance for the free trips you lead. Lack of leaders seems to be the main constraint on AMC NH sea kayak trips. I wrapped myself in the AMC liability umbrella to teach some beginners rolling this summer, and all it cost me was my annual AMC membership fee plus following the AMC process for trip approval and liability waivers. For me that was a lot easier and cheaper than getting an ACA rolling certification and paying for ACA insurance. Of course as an AMC volunteer leader you must volunteer your time, not try to make money. If you want to make money as an independent, as far as I know ACA and maybe BCU are the only viable games around here.
  5. Snap Dragon support told me aqua seal might work for "temporary" repairs. They warned me to stretch the spray skirt over the coaming before applying the aqua seal because unlike the neoprene the aqua seal would NOT stretch. I ended up replacing my skirt before trying the aqua seal approach.
  6. I've only ordered a suit with CG gaskets, but it has not arrived yet. Some people swear by them, so I thought I would try one of my replacement suits with them.
  7. I plan to join you.
  8. Is this Saturday, September 24th, or Sunday, September 25th?
  9. The kayak is back on the car roof. I should be there around 3:30 today.
  10. Some paddlers are planning to meet at Walden this Wednesday arriving at 3:30pm for rolling, rescues, etc. Everyone is welcome. I'm not sure yet if I personally will be there, I'm recovering from a sprained wrist. I believe the boat ramp gate is now closing at 7pm, which pretty much means off the water by 6:30pm. Though there is a good chance the 3:30pm group won't last quite that long.
  11. This Wednesday is the final 2016 after work summer session I put on the calendar. Hope to see you there. I'm also open to joining Walden afternoon sessions in September. Post or PM me if you want to set something up.
  12. I'll probably pull into the lot around 4:30pm. Some people arrive later (work is a four letter word).
  13. I just finished repairing my kayak's coaming, so I'll be there tonight testing the repair. Pru, remind me to work on Bomb Proofing your roll. Dan, sorry you expect to miss next week's Walden Wednesday. You will be missed.
  14. I plan to attend Walden as usual August 17th.
  15. Pond session popularity certainly varies from year to year. Chebacco almost died from lack of attendance last year, but this year is booming. I've made a point of going to Walden every day I could this year. Attendance has been light, but if I had also skipped two rainy days, I would only have been at Walden once without company this year. We have been missing a bunch of the usual faces this year. Apparently lots of people didn't even realize the sessions started June 1st, I know at least one former regular used to work near Walden but now works much farther away, Leslie has posted about being chained to her desk this summer, Pru has been adventuring, multiple paddlers have been dealing with injuries, and lots of people have been discouraged by the closures. Ironically, I think only two evenings have actually been impacted by Walden closures. General parking has been restricted by the construction which began in 2015 and is scheduled to finish this year. That has certainly contributed to the July and August closures. Hopefully closures will not be as big an issue next year. I do not know how the new facility will impact us, but the new parking ticket machine at the boat ramp will certainly make life simpler for people who don't buy an annual pass. I hope the restored parking will also reduce closures to the rare inconvenience they were years ago. I'm not sure a Walden Meetup makes sense. Mainly because Meetup charges fees these days. I could imagine occasionally cross-posting the Walden pond sessions to existing Meetup groups for greater publicity. However I'm not a Meetup event organizer except with AMC. As a New Hampshire AMC Sea Kayak Leader I could schedule AMC trips to Walden. However a Boston AMC White-Water leader has been hosting a Wednesday night “Pond Social For Paddlers” event at a pond near Walden since before I joined NSPN. Though her event is mostly attended by WW paddlers, sea kayakers are also invited. In fact that is my normal plan B if Walden closes some Wednesday. Having two pond events in Concord, MA every Wednesday provides redundancy, but having two AMC pond events every Wednesday seems fraught with political issues. An AMC Walden event might be practical if we moved the Walden session to another day. However, if I hosted it as an AMC event I would have to make everyone sign the AMC liability waiver every week, and since I do occasionally miss some weeks it would be better if I had at least one other AMC leader backing me up to prevent canceling the trips I miss. Any volunteers? Signing waivers can also be especially awkward when paddlers show up late. So I guess my first choice would be for Walden to remain an NSPN event (though before that I believe it was actually a pure Greenland “Walden Pond Scum” event). I would like to see more people commit to coming regularly. If we have at least three people who commit to attending, I could see adding a “cancel” clause to the calendar announcement, though it would have to be earlier than 4pm to do me any good. Because many potential Walden regulars are not reading the NSPN forum in April/May when Walden Wednesdays are usually posted to the calendar, it might make sense to start soliciting regulars this fall. Especially since I would like to start May 31st next year! Any thoughts?