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You were thinking of bringing an extra wider boat for me to try out in the future. Can you do that next week (22nd)?

P.S. - Does this mean I get out of the wet exit?! :)

Heidi

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I must admit I was dreading the 'wet exit'; the idea of being upside down, under water and still in the boat. But it really was not bad at all; the instructor had me pound on the upturned hull and this really helped me squelch the panic, collect my thoughts and recall the sequence of the steps.

The water temp on the westport river was a bit shocking; but I guess that will get better as the summer progresses.

Barry.

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We like duct tape. It has so many uses. She'll do fine. From the people that I have met and the postings that I have read we certainly found the right group! Thanks!

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Thats what I've been told (pounding on the boat helps)...

At last week's session the semi-joke/deal was that they would hold my keys hostage next time (didn't have a small drybag yet, so Rick was stowing them for me) until I did one. I figured it'd be a good bargain since it might be warmer this week rather than last...

Regarding the duct tape, based on my hips being disproportionate to the width of the opening (I'm sure I'm spacing on the technical term!) of the boat that was generously offered to me, I was already worried about experiencing that same Hoodini Act! Another reason I was bargaining! (sp?) Definately need to aquire nose clips before then! lol!

'Paying close attention to all the posts about kayaks for tall/larger folks...! :) Might upgrade by the end of the year.

If Rick's not coming with a wider boat this week, anyone else have one and feel like treking it there thursday? Otherwise, don't worry about it, I might focus on looking into a used car that can carry my kayak this week and catch up with everyone next week...

OY! -- Takes a while to really get rollin' huh? (no pun intended!)

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Heidi, don't skip Thursday!!!!!! Just bring your boat or Matt's boat to the practice session - even if you intend on upgrading your boat you can practice wet exits in the one you have now . . . . also, rei outlet has small drybags on sale for about 6 bucks each . . . you can have my noseclips if you want because they don't stay on my nose . . . i had to get a full face mask . . . apparently my nose is coated with teflon and slippery :)

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Thank you so much Gillian! I've worked out a little time to sneak to REI today after work for dry bags and nose clips...and maybe a dry top. I'll let you know if I can't find them there.

The problem we've been running into involves the fact that currently only Matt has a vehicle that accommodates the kayaks, and with his injuries, he hasn't been cleared to drive my car yet..

But based on all these supportive posts, Matt just swapped hours with his coworker for thursday so that I wont have to miss it & I'll have one of our own kayaks, so nobody needs to bother with an extra one.

Thanks everyone! See you thursday!

Heidi

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Gillian -- I have this problem with all Kayaking noseclips but I can use the very cheapest kind that you find at the drugstore. Try those -- they're usually flesh colored or white and on a rubber band-like string that is easily breakable, but they have a little more texture to them or something. They're usually tucked somewhere obscure under all the earplugs and that sort of thing at the store.

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I also have a problem keeping noseclips on my nose. Thanks for the tip, Bethany. Boy do I dislike fresh water up my nose -- can't taste food for a day afterwards.

But may I also recommend a diver's style face mask for practicing rolling, bracing etc. Not only does it keep water out of your nose, it gives you a nice view of what's going on down under, which can be very useful when you are learning to roll. Of course, you gotta learn to roll without such aids eventually, but it's still very helpful to get started until you get the right memories into those muscles.

Back when I bought my mask, the only ones I could find were $60 and up at dive shops. But I've seen models that look functionally equivalent for around $10 in sporting goods stores. One I know that carried a bunch of models last year was the one in MIddlesex Turnpike just south of Rt. 95/128 in Burlington, near the Burlington Mall. I want to say it's Decathalon Sporting Goods, but I'm not sure, and these outfits are always changing their names anyway. But give 'em a call.

Happy rolling -- without inhaling fresh water!

--David.

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