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  1. Susan, you can use the link to sign up.
  2. Trip is now full, but you can sign up for the waitlist using the same link.
  3. Mark your calendars for our next skills practice session, August 21. The topic for this session will be "Introduction to Coastal Play" and we will be launching from Odiorne Point. We are lucky to have BCU coach Jonathan Oltz of Sea Kayak New England joining us for this session! Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in this area - see his bio below. Registration for this session will open on 8/14, so keep an eye here that day for a link to sign up. More details will be provided to participants. ** JONATHAN OLTZ I coach because I love watching people learn. As a coach I believe in a participant-led approach that gives students the freedom to learn, process and grow at their own pace. My responsibility to learners is to be caring, patient and recognize their accomplishments. I will always be attentive to my learners' needs and provide a wholesome approach to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The ocean has given me a deeper understanding of myself as a person and as a mentor. Over my career as a coach I hope to empower others to enjoy the sea in a safe, mindful and healthy environment. British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader & Coach British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award Provider & Assessor British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards Provider Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide ACA L3 River Kayaking Instructor P&H Sea Kayaks Ambassador
  4. Still space for this Sunday! You do NOT need to have any prior experience in current or moving water to join us.
  5. It's that time again! Skills practice session #4 will be on July 31. This session will be based on the Piscataqua River in Durham NH and we will work on our skills in tidal current (moving water) - entering, exiting, crossing current as well as general play. Space is limited - sign up at: https://forms.gle/XtBz2VugFxr6f2vA9 More details of time and place will be shared with those who sign up. See you there! Janet
  6. Sue, email me at [email protected] to be added to the wait list.
  7. Join us for cool swim on (what will likely be) a hot day for a session of recoveries and rescues! We'll work on wet exits, dry exits, assisted and solo re-entries, and perhaps even a bit of towing and incident management scenarios. Please come prepared for immersion - although air and water are warm, a wind layer and/or light neoprene isn't a bad idea. Sign up through Googleforms is required to attend and attendance is limited. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/3HCFRT8sHiF9wV4Z7 You must be an NSPN member and an ACA annual or 1-day member to attend. Hope to see you there!
  8. Thank you Joe for the great write up and photos. Looks like a very special place.
  9. Grab your thinking cap and join us on July 10 for our second skills session of the year "Understanding the Ocean Environment". This is open to all NPSN members, new and seasoned. We anticipate running from about 9am-1pm. This session will be held at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead. There is a parking fee for non-residents but no advanced parking registration required, Odiorne State Park Boat Ramp, Rye, NH. Sign up through Googleforms is required to attend and attendance is limited. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/ZCkR3k2rqXLCUxfB9 You must be an NSPN member and an ACA annual or 1-day member to attend. Hope to see you there!
  10. Hi Sherry Sign up was just finalized - keep an eye out for an email with more information tonight or tomorrow. Thanks Janet
  11. Hi Jim. Are you joining us Sunday? Make sure you sign up on the googleforms if so! Thanks.
  12. I replaced mine on a WS Zephyr using parts from topkayaker.com - not all that hard and they can probably get what you need. Worth it if you like the boat!
  13. Join us for the first in our summer series! The topic for this session will be Boat Handling Skills and it is open to all NPSN members, new and seasoned. We anticipate running from about 9am-1pm (We also have space for another facilitator or 2, so let me know if you'd like to help out!) We'll be meeting at Odiorne Point State Park. Please note that we strongly recommend advanced registration for parking at THIS LINK .. it's $5 for general admission and less for various senior/in state discounts. Sign up through Googleforms is required to attend and attendance is limited. https://forms.gle/KXsD4eb4BKM6bUci6 You must be an NSPN member and an ACA annual or 1-day member to attend. Hope to see you there!
  14. Sue and I are getting the skills practice sessions for 2022 organized. If you are an NSPN member and want to help facilitate, and you didn't get a private message from me already, let me know! You don't need to be an instructor, coach, or expert paddler to help facilitate - just enthusiasm for getting on the water and working together to improve our skills. More details here
  15. After a year of trying, finally the parking situation, mid-day high tide, low winds, and work schedules aligned to make this loop possible. 8 NPSN paddlers were present - half Ipswich locals! (helpful in calming my "is this the right creek?" worries). We had a glorious day of bluebird skies, little wind, and friendly company. Despite Mike's baffling 3-foot wind wave prediction there there was not much swell to be found although there was a very interesting zipper going on partway down Crane's. Doug has the good idea to lunch on the very scenic back of Crane's rather than wait for Choate. Some folks were able to see baby osprey peeking over the edge of a nest hear Choate - sorry I missed that! The day finished with some successful rolls. Thanks to everyone who joined on this beautiful day. Hopefully it won't be another 5 years till I paddle this area again!
  16. Thanks everyone! she has some options to try now
  17. Chris, space for you - please join us!
  18. And that's our group for Sunday! Please let me know if any changes in plans. Will update Saturday night if any changes need to be made.
  19. Logistics align to allow a circumnavigation of Castle Neck (Crane beach) on May 1 - before parking turns to resident-only! We will launch from Pavilion Beach in Ipswich (NOT in Gloucester!), ready to paddle at 10am. This route is about 10-12 miles long and will take us through what may be bumpy moving water at the exit from Plum Island Sound and entrance to Essex bay - please contact me before signing up if we've never paddled together before. We'll likely have lunch on Choate before heading back through Fox creek near high tide. Must have sea kayak with deck lines and flotation, clothes for immersion (drysuit this time of year), and a signed waiver on the new NSPN system (linked below). Post below to RSVP (limited to 8). Plan is subject to weather changes but it looks pretty good right now!
  20. In search of gently used sea kayak paddle for a friend - something that's neither low end plastic nor high end carbon, in the 210-220cm range probably. Anyone have anything hanging around?
  21. For 2 years I've been unable to find a short-tunnel sprayskirt to fit my sea kayak, and it seems supplies are still pretty tight. I want a short-tunnel version (6 inch tunnel - like the women's specifics Seals Athena / IR J-Lo / custom Seals) because my torso is quite short proportionate to the rest of me and a standard neoprene tube is uncomfortable. I've been using a WW skirt that fits me great but the boat not so great, or an adjustable waist skirt that fits the boat well but lets a lot of water in the top. Was curious if anyone had any experience with buying a standard tube sprayskirt and having it hemmed. I would probably bring it to my local dry cleaners. Anyone tried this before?
  22. I tried a spray on product by Gear Aid, twice. First time, sprayed it on while the drysuit was wet, let dry for 48h. Didn't seem to make a lick of difference. Second time, sprayed it on while the drysuit was dry, then dried it with a hairdrier. Managed to singe one of the cuffs a bit (below where the wrist gasket attaches, so no harm to usefulness). Also didn't make any appreciable difference. I've heard the really helpful thing is to wash and dry it in the tumble drier, but can't do that with gaskets....
  23. Session #6 of the Summer Skills Practice Series. Details (place, focus, registration) will be added closer to date.
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