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    www.waterlinekayakadventures.com

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    Exeter, NH
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    Camping, Long Exploration Trips, Mentoring & Coaching

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    Robert
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    Folster
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  1. Volunteers are very welcome. Please end me a PM if you are interested in helping out. Beth - PM sent.
  2. After a long struggle with confusions about the Common Adventure Model and the challenges of presenting the CAM workshops only once a year, we are looking to design a new program to help develop leadership skills within the club. At his point, there is no set agenda or schedule, but instead we are looking for participants willing to be flexible and provide feedback as we work to develop the program. Who is this program designed for? Anyone who wants to be more of an asset to the people they paddle with. How much experience is needed? None! Obviously, the less experience a participant has, the more time they will need to develop. What is the expected outcome? That will be dependent on each participant's aspiration, but the ultimate goal is to develop more confident paddlers, whether with the knowledge and skills they want in order to to plan and post trips, or just be able to help manage a group as needed. What is this program NOT about? We will not be "certifying" leaders like professional organizations like the ACA, British Canoeing, or AMC. Instead, participants will be using the program to develop to their own comfort level and/or aspirations. We will attempt to match people into similar skill level / aspiration groups to maximize learning, but participants should be willing to share and receive learning from each other. If you are interested in participating in such a program, please PM me or email [email protected] with your past experience and and current aspirations so that we can begin to discuss how to make this program work.
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    Solstice Paddle

    This is our annual summertime social event which is always held at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead and finishes off with a pot luck party under the pavilion across the street at Devereux Beach (be prepared that it is almost always very windy and a bit chilly in the afternoon). Parking at Riverhead should be free, but can be busy with dog walker, SUP rentals, and - oh yeah, a bunch of kayakers! There is alternate parking at Devereaux, but be prepared to pay $15 for the day. Traditionally, we end up with multiple groups on the water doing different trips based on skills and experience. Please review our Trip Levels as a guide line to which group you want to be in. They are guidelines, not hard limits, so if you are unsure, just ask on one of the individual postings by clicking on the links as follows: - Level 1/2 Group (easy) - Level 3 Group (moderate) - Level 4 Group (advanced)
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    As part of the New To Sea Kayak program, this pool session follows the Workshop (not a prerequisite) and offers the opportunity for people to actually sit in (and fall out of!) ocean kayaks in a safe and controlled environment under the watchful eyes of experienced paddlers. This pool session offers the following opportunities: - Experience a capsize and how to effectively (and easily!) come out of the boat - How to manage a capsize while wearing a spray skirt - How to get back into the boat with assistance and by yourself - Feel the difference between various boat models and types You do not need a kayak or equipment to attend, but you should have water clothing more substantial than a bathing suit to prevent abrasions, especially to your legs. There are locker rooms to change, and showers to clean up afterwards. Water shoes (cloth or neoprene) are required - flip flop, crocks, and similar footwear are not recommended as they can get caught on the foot braces. Date: Saturday May 2, 2020 Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm Location: Haverhill, MA (exact location for registrants only) Cost: FREE! Registration for this pool session MUST be submitted by emailing [email protected] in order for us to manage logistics, volunteers, and equipment. We will provide specific address and information to those who register by email.
  5. This is our annual summertime social event which is always held at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead and finishes off with a pot luck party under the pavilion across the street at Devereux Beach (be prepared that it is almost always very windy and a bit chilly in the afternoon). Parking at Riverhead should be free, but can be busy with dog walker, SUP rentals, and - oh yeah, a bunch of kayakers! There is alternate parking at Devereaux, but be prepared to pay $15 for the day. Traditionally, we end up with multiple groups on the water doing different trips based on skills and experience. Please review our Trip Levels as a guide line to which group you want to be in. They are guidelines, not hard limits, so if you are unsure, just ask here. This group would be the most advanced, looking to paddle long distances, more challenging conditions, or both. Participants in this group should be self-sufficient with their equipment and general paddling skills, although established Level 3 paddlers may find this a good opportunity to challenge themselves. The discussion in this thread should include what time everyone should be completely ready to launch so that a group discussion (aka "beach briefing") can begin - maybe around 10:00am?. We prefer to have everyone back around 3:00pm so that we can all share in the pot luck meal, so plan the day accordingly. Please use this thread to indicate your desire to paddle with this pod, and discuss any logistics necessary.
  6. This is our annual summertime social event which is always held at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead and finishes off with a pot luck party under the pavilion across the street at Devereux Beach (be prepared that it is almost always very windy and a bit chilly in the afternoon). Parking at Riverhead should be free, but can be busy with dog walker, SUP rentals, and - oh yeah, a bunch of kayakers! There is alternate parking at Devereaux, but be prepared to pay $15 for the day. Traditionally, we end up with multiple groups on the water doing different trips based on skills and experience. Please review our Trip Levels as a guide line to which group you want to be in. They are guidelines, not hard limits, so if you are unsure, just ask here. This group would be the moderate bunch, looking to venture on a bit of a journey without doing a lot of miles or getting into rough conditions. We do require a minimum of a sea kayak (must have active flotation such as bulkheads or float bags), paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, and personal comfort (lunch, water, sunscreen, appropriate clothing, etc). Additional safety equipment would be preferred, however if you are lacking something (life jacket, spray skirt, kayak, etc), please post what you might need and we will see if someone has one you can borrow for the day. The discussion in this thread should include what time everyone should be completely ready to launch so that a group discussion (aka "beach briefing") can begin - maybe 10:00am? Needing to manage getting ready during or after the beach briefing can be distracting and cause unwanted delays for the group. It is important that everyone is ready to go at the start of the meeting, so allow yourself enough time to get ready beforehand. Please post the following if you are interested in attending this pod: - What equipment you might need or confirm what you have - If you can not arrive in time to be ready when needed - If you need to leave before the proposed return time - What you want to get out of the day
  7. This is our annual summertime social event which is always held at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead and finishes off with a pot luck party under the pavilion across the street at Devereux Beach (be prepared that it is almost always very windy and a bit chilly in the afternoon). Parking at Riverhead should be free, but can be busy with dog walker, SUP rentals, and - oh yeah, a bunch of kayakers! There is alternate parking at Devereaux, but be prepared to pay $15 for the day. Traditionally, we end up with multiple groups on the water doing different trips based on skills and experience. Please review our Trip Levels as a guide line to which group you want to be in. They are guidelines, not hard limits, so if you are unsure, just ask here. This group would be the most conservative, maybe only paddling a couple of miles total for the day. We do require a minimum of a sea kayak (must have active flotation such as bulkheads or float bags), paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, and personal comfort (lunch, water, sunscreen, appropriate clothing, etc). However, if you are lacking something (life jacket, spray skirt, kayak, etc), please post what you might need and we will see if someone has one you can borrow for the day. The discussion in this thread should include when everyone should be completely ready to launch so that a group discussion (aka "beach briefing") can begin - maybe around 10:00am?. Needing to manage getting ready during or after the beach briefing can be distracting and cause unwanted delays for the group. It is important that everyone is ready to go at the start of the meeting, so allow yourself enough time to get ready beforehand. Often, there are desires to work on different skills (paddle strokes, rescues, etc) while others just want to be more comfortable on the water. Both can usually be managed simultaneously, but this is not specifically a training or coaching session, but just a paddle with others willing to share what they know. It would be helpful for participants to share what they would like to get out of the day so that proper planning can be done ahead of time. Please post the following if you are interested in attending this pod: - What equipment you might need or confirm what you have - If you can not arrive in time to be ready when needed - If you need to leave before the proposed return time - What you want to get out of the day
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  9. Are you looking to make new friends to paddle safely with? Do you have an interest in kayaking on the ocean but don't know what's involved? Have you never been kayaking before, and want some information to see if it is even something you might be interested in doing? NSPN is once again running a "New To Sea Kayaking" program starting with a land-based workshop where we will explain who we are as a club and offer a number of presentations on various aspects of kayaking. The workshops are designed to be informative and social using a combination of lectures as well as hands-on activities, with plenty of opportunity for Q&A. This workshop will be followed up in the coming weeks with a pool session, lake session, and ocean trip. Details will be presented at the workshop. Date: Sunday April 26th Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm (with lunch break) Location: The Gould Barn, 1 Howlett Street, Topsfield, MA Cost: FREE! - Yes, this is a completely free event and available to the general public! Questions and registration can be submitted to [email protected] Registration is required so that we can manage logistics and provide additional information. We hope to see you there!!
  10. Update: Sunday, February 23 10:00am-12:30pm - Cancelled by Haverhill High School due to a staffing issue Saturday, March 7 1:00pm-3:00pm - 2 spots open Saturday, March 14 1:00pm-3:00pm - 7 spots open Sunday, March 22 10:00am-12:30pm - 7 spots open
  11. Hey Prudence, I'm only a "maybe', but please put me on the list, too.
  12. Update as of this posting: Sunday, February 9 session has been cancelled by Haverhill High School due to a staffing issue Saturday, February 15 1:00pm-3:00pm - 5 spots open Sunday, February 23 10:00am-12:30pm - 7 spots open Saturday, March 7 1:00pm-3:00pm - 4 spots open Saturday, March 14 1:00pm-3:00pm - 7 spots open Sunday, March 22 10:00am-12:30pm - 7 spots open
  13. NSPN likes to offer workshops for the benefits of it's members during the cold winter months as a means to take advantage of the "downtime" and keep general interest in the sport fresh. These workshops are offered through the generosity of our fellow members volunteering their time and knowledge, very often as a means to pay back the knowledge they gained from other members over the years. Not ready to run a workshop yourself? You can still help! These workshops might also need support staff to do such thing as source a venue, setting up furniture, or managing registrations. Many current and past presenters first started out just helping out others until they gained the confidence to run their own workshops. There are a vast number of topics that can be offered as part of a series, or an independent full-day workshop, or just a short segment. Here is a list of past workshops to choose from or inspiration to pick a different topic: Weather Tides Waves Currents Trip Planning Navigation and/or Chart Reading Group/Incident Management Maintenance / Repair (Gear or Equipment) Camping Cold Water New-To-Sea-Kayaking (established program - need volunteers!!) If you are interested in organizing, presenting, or just helping out with a workshop based on any of the above topics, or something different, please contact me or other Directors to let us know how you want to be involved or just for help promoting something you are already putting together.
  14. From the reports of those who took a walk near the water this morning, it would seem that a land-based lunch was a good choice. It was good to see those who could make it, and celebrate the New Year with some friends. Thanks for being there!
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