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    www.waterlinekayakadventures.com

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    Camping, Long Exploration Trips, Mentoring & Coaching

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  1. rfolster

    How can I PM a member?

    Check your email - just reset your account and you should be able to renew using the link provided.
  2. We have, as a club policy, restricted editing features for one reason, and your suggestion would be a good reason why NOT to allow editing. If plans changed and the original posting gets edited, how will people know when it is changed? You could read that the trip is at one location the night before, only to find out that it was changed an hour after you read it I am a bit frustrated with having a trip that I put together be picked on, because I have ALWAYS tried to embrace the old CAM concept that the trip organizer is not the "leader", and that the whole group is invested in the trip. This requires a conversation with everyone about what they want to get out of the day and how to best organize the trip for everyone. As for finding the trip info, I specifically did a post in the thread recapping what had been discussed so far, providing 90% of the information in one place. Did I include the address for West Beach in Beverly or the address for A&B Burger in Beverly? - No, sorry, I did not. Yet everyone seemed to find where they were going, and if anyone did need an address, they could just ask. Since the Board of Directors elected to get rid of CAM (a move that I did not support), It seems to me that there is more and more of a desire for the trip organizer to actually be a "Trip Leader" who formulates the plan, pays all the money up front, and runs the whole trip once everyone is on the water. That is not how the club was run in the past, but maybe that is what we want now? If so, that is fine, I can do that. But maybe the real conversation is whether or not NSPN is going to mandate how all trip postings, sign ups, and on-water operations so that every trip is done exactly the same. That is how "everyone else" is doing it, but not doing it that way is one thing that has always sets NSPN apart from others.
  3. rfolster

    (Pre) Easter Plunge Saturday April 20th

    Thanks for taking care of that, David!
  4. rfolster

    (Pre) Easter Plunge Saturday April 20th

    What I like to call "square waves" when height = period I am really curious to see what the sea state looks like near the beach!!! The waves won't be six feet, but what will they be. Anyone want to start taking guesses?
  5. rfolster

    (Pre) Easter Plunge Saturday April 20th

    The long answer is "Yes!" But seriously, like Joe said, the day will be "by choice", meaning that people don't need to do what they don't want to do. The main purpose is to allow folks the opportunity to test out gear (Jane, bring layering options and decide what works best at the beach). If conditions are too gnarly for some or all to paddle to the island, that is OK. In years past, we have done longer trips when the group consisted of all experienced paddlers, while other years we barely got ten yards from the shore. I would like to officially set the itinerary for the day: I will arrive around 9:30am to assess conditions. If anyone wants to get a jump on starting to figuring out gear, I'll be there to help. If you happen to arrive near 10:00 and no one else is there, we have moved on to Masconomo Park (60 Beach St, Manchester-by-the-Sea) We will officially start the session around 10:00am with a quick discussion about goals for the day and review of cold water management. We can review various hypothermia prevention and treatment methods using both simple and specific equipment. Would be good to do a swim-test to verify suits are leak-proof and layering is adequate (time for adjustments will be allowed). Swimming, wet exits, rolls, rescues, and paddling are all up for the offering - each by choice. We can split the group into different tasks if need be Wrap up by 1:00pm to gear down, pack up, and head to A&B Burger in Beverly for a 2:00pm reservation. Please let us know ASAP if you are going to lunch so we have a head count for reservation. Thank you, David, for taking on the task of making the reservation.
  6. rfolster

    (Pre) Easter Plunge Saturday April 20th

    I would like to do a final update tomorrow night, so if people can provide input and update interest by then, that would be helpful. My thought is a 3 hour session from 10am-1:00pm and have a late lunch around 2pm. Willing to consider alternatives.
  7. rfolster

    (Pre) Easter Plunge Saturday April 20th

    Historically, the Easter Plunge started out as one of several cold-water workshops where paddling was not a priority (even questioned whether or not to bring boats) as much as was getting in the water to test gear and safety methods for dealing with the cold. I think that this Saturday will be a really good opportunity to do just that. Just imagine waking up on a multi-day early-season camping trip in Maine (like the Jewell Island trip) to find the wind blowing and rain pouring, and you need to get to the take-out location to go home. I actually experienced this a number of years ago during what was supposed to be a week-long journey in mid-coast Maine, but we had to paddle 18 miles to bail out mid-trip before the weather got any worse. Mariana, I completely understand if Saturday is not sounding like the "fun" we might have hoped for, but even as an L2-3 paddler, you and your husband are still more than welcome to join us to test out your gear and the general learning experience. If we get to the beach and conditions are just unbearable, we can take a really quick drive to a spot in Manchester Harbor that will provide more protection.
  8. rfolster

    (Pre) Easter Plunge Saturday April 20th

    Saturday is looking like a good day for testing cold weather gear! Strong southerly winds, rain, and 4'-6' short period wind chop waves will make for a miserable day for attempting any sort of journey. My thoughts are that I would prefer to do any paddling against the wind to start, and end with the wind to my back, so some place like Marblehead Beach is not ideal (that slog can be interminable). I also worry that if things go bad at a place like that, the wind is carrying boats or people into more exposed waters. I am thinking about West Beach in Beverly with Misery Island just 3/4 nautical mile away as an option. The the beach is really exposed, but at least we don't have to worry about anyone or anything getting blown out to sea. Paddling out to Misery could be a challenge, but we might find shelter from the wind out there. Might be a really good day for a shorter water session and a warm PPPO somewhere local? Open to suggestions.......
  9. 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 when everyone should be completely ready to launch, at which time 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.
  10. 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 when everyone should be completely ready to launch, at which time 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
  11. 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, at which time 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
  12. rfolster

    Level 2 Trip - Portsmouth NH

    Date - Sunday, June 23rd Location - Portsmouth, NH Distance - 4 or 5 nautical miles total Launch Time - 10:30am (arrive early enough to be ready to launch by 10:00am for pre-trip discussion) Lunch - 45 to 60 minutes Return Time - Approximately 3:00pm Pace - Mild but moving (around 1.5 knots / hour) This trip will be an introduction to paddling with mild tidal currents (easily manageable by anyone) and just a little bit of exposure to open ocean if conditions allow. Trip parameters may change based on weather. This will be an excellent opportunity for anyone who has had little or no exposure to the ocean, and would like a small sample of what paddling in open waters can be like. While a sea kayak (flotation at both front and rear of the boat) is preferred, we can discuss whether or not a different boat would be appropriate to use. ALL participants MUST: Be a current NSPN member (contact [email protected] if you need assistance) Contact me personally via Private Message (you must be logged in) or email Wear personal flotation device / life jacket Manage personal comfort (water, lunch, sunscreen, clothing, etc) Participants should come willing to learn from fellow kayakers, as this will be a great opportunity to be introduced to some of the skills needed to transition from sheltered water to ocean paddling. This will not be a formal coaching or training session, but instead should be a fun day on the water with some knowledge being shared. Group size will be limited by number of leaders, so a wait list may need to be established. Leaders, please contact me if interested in participating on this trip. Updates on this trip may be posted on the trips forum, so those interested may want to click on the FOLLOW button at the upper right of that thread, however final details will only be shared via a group discussion offline.
  13. Date - Sunday, June 23rd Location - Portsmouth, NH Distance - 4 or 5 nautical miles total Launch Time - 10:30am (arrive early enough to be ready to launch by 10:00am for pre-trip discussion) Lunch - 45 to 60 minutes Return Time - Approximately 3:00pm Pace - Mild but moving (around 1.5 knots / hour) This trip will be an introduction to paddling with mild tidal currents (easily manageable by anyone) and just a little bit of exposure to open ocean if conditions allow. Trip parameters may change based on weather. This will be an excellent opportunity for anyone who has had little or no exposure to the ocean, and would like a small sample of what paddling in open waters can be like. While a sea kayak (flotation at both front and rear of the boat) is preferred, we can discuss whether or not a different boat would be appropriate to use. ALL participants MUST: Be a current NSPN member (contact [email protected] if you need assistance) Contact me personally via Private Message (you must be logged in) or email Wear personal flotation device / life jacket Manage personal comfort (water, lunch, sunscreen, clothing, etc) Participants should come willing to learn from fellow kayakers, as this will be a great opportunity to be introduced to some of the skills needed to transition from sheltered water to ocean paddling. This will not be a formal coaching or training session, but instead should be a fun day on the water with some knowledge being shared. Group size will be limited by number of leaders, so a wait list may need to be established. Leaders, please contact me if interested in participating on this trip. Updates on this trip may be posted here, so those interested may want to click on the FOLLOW button to the upper right of this thread, however final details will only be shared via a group discussion offline.
  14. rfolster

    2019 Pool Sessions

    The last pool session for this season had to be rescheduled to this Saturday, March 30th between 1:00-3:00pm. There are spaces available, so if you would like to get in one last session before the kayaking season begins, you can purchase through the Store until all spots are sold.
  15. rfolster

    Last Pool Session Rescheduled - Spots Available

    There are 5 spots available as of Monday evening.
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