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6/11/13 11:27 P

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I don't know what American regulations specify, but Canadian law requires a paddler to wear a pfd, carry a whistle (signalling device) and a length of buoyant heaving line (I use a throwbag). Not mandated, but I also have a river knife, a bailing pump and a paddle float with me whenever I'm on flat water. Sounds excessive? Read some accident and fatality reports out there on the internet paddling websites and message boards, and hopefully your club offers clinics/instruction on righting a boat and re-entry in deep water. A roll is always nice, but not 100% necessary for rec boaters. Again, have fun, and stay safe.

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6/11/13 11:15 P

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Hi EJP and welcome to the wonderful world of kayaking! I do mostly whitewater boating, but I also have a 14 foot recreational boat that I use for fitness when it's mid-week and I don't have a group to get on the water with. I put in on the North Saskatchewan River, which runs through the center of Edmonton, paddle upstream for an hour or two, then turn around and come back to my starting point--no shuttle necessary. I see rowing crews, jet boats and canoeists on the water--we just pay attention to where each other is, and stay out of the way. Generally the jet boats will slow down when passing (marine rules give right of way to smaller and self propelled boats in my understanding, but I don't count on it). Our river is pretty wide, so lots of room for all, though it has a number of blind corners. I kind of approach those like I would boat-scouting a rapid: ferry across to the outside of the curve to keep the longest line of sight before entering the curve (though this usually means fighting a stronger current). Or you could hug the shore on the inside of the curve and sneak your way out...whatever is most comfortable for you. No suggestions about the harbor--wish I had something like that nearby, instead of our mucky lakes (which are more slough than lake). Have a great summer on the water!

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6/9/13 8:43 A

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That's pretty awesome that have use of the equipment at any time. That would be really helpful if you decide you want to buy your own kayak. At least you'll have an idea of what you do and don't like. My son and I rented kayaks at a few different places before we bought our own and even though we don't like the same type of kayaks, we're both really happy with what we have. We're heading back up into Virginia later this week for some paddling on one of the "livelier" sections of the river, but I also like the mostly calm waters of some locals rivers.

Let us know about your trips (and hope you can get some pics if possible). Happy paddling!

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6/9/13 8:22 A

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Thanks!

I'm hoping to get a good mix of paddling in our part of the Chesapeake- the club I joined has docks and kayaks at several points on the Harbor and in some of the surrounding creeks, and you can go to any of the docks and use the club kayaks and paddles.

As I've found out, some of the docks are close to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and you kayak amongst a lot of the tall ships, tugboats and cargo ships that dock in the industrial areas, and other docks seem to be closer to more secluded and quiet creeks and inlets. Some are close to the open waters of the Bay, but that sounds like a scenario that only more experienced paddlers should be getting themselves into!

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6/5/13 1:54 P

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My son and I first tried kayaking last year and instantly were addicted. We both bought our own kayaks and he just ordered his second. I can't really help you out much as we live in North Carolina, but I can say that we have learned to really love kayaking the "livelier" sections of the New River in the mountains of Virginia and some smaller rivers closer to home, but still in fairly remote areas. Often times we never see another person on the river, but then again we both work nights and most often go out through the week.

I look forward to hearing more about your trips this summer. Enjoy!

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6/4/13 10:46 A

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Hello everyone!

I've never been in a kayak before, but I'm really excited to learn this summer! I live in Baltimore, and last summer I took up rowing and LOVED it, but unfortunately rowing is just too rough on my knees, and my doctor has told me to cut it out!

I thought I would be fine not being out on the water this summer, but it turns out that I miss it too much, so I'm joining a kayak club in town, and am super excited about it.

Because of my time rowing, I'm familiar with being out on the water in the city, but I was always with a crew. Does anybody kayak in more urban areas or in waterways with a high level of traffic? The folks at the club will cover traffic patterns and other general safety issues during their new member training, but I wanted to see if anybody here has any additional tips on paddling in areas that aren't the serene, back-to-nature scenarios that you typically see!

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