June 27, 2019

This was my response to a query by one of the Candidates taking our upcoming Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop. I believe this material is worthy of consideration for anyone preparing to take the Coastal Kayak Instructor's path.



June 21, 2019

I wrote a blog post in September, 2015, about the sale of my Current Designs Solstice GTS. I hadn’t realized how long ago I had sold that boat. I still think of it often. I am a bit more skilled now. I wonder how the boat would paddle for me?

What I didn’t mention in th...

March 26, 2019

I have developed an idea, via my other blog Just A Paddler, that people only come to blogs to look at photos. Hence the popularity of the micro-blogging site, Instagram. Hey, I'm there too, @justapaddler.

Anyway, here are some pics of us paddle boarding in Florida last...

March 22, 2019

I’ve just finished watching another video about this awesome new gadget that has the promise of making my trips easier, and safer. Every Outside magazine, Paddler, or Bicycle issue endlessly promotes new gadgets. Have you noticed the same thing?

Sea kayakers are among t...

March 13, 2019

I had an epic swim.

It was the kind of event that defines and changes a person. I can literally trace my development as a paddler to this one day: Before the Swim, and After the Swim.

We launched from the Southport waterfront at 0600, under clouds, and paddled eight mile...

March 6, 2019

“Your incompetence is preventing you from seeing your incompetence.”

Have you ever wondered why I blog so much, when it makes me zero income, and takes a fair amount of my time? The answer is simple, but ties in to the above statement: I am aware that I am not a particu...

January 4, 2019

A few years ago, I attracted the attention of a local sea kayaker, rather by accident, and somewhat obliviously. The matter started out as a simple point about the "correct way to wear a tow belt." He said "a sea kayaker should never have more than one or at most two i...

December 13, 2018

I’m standing at the launch watching a dear friend, an older paddler with much experience, pack everything but the kitchen sink into his boat. I’m not kidding; he put two huge bags worth of stuff in his boat. All three hatches are stuffed. His boat has to weigh a hundre...

December 2, 2018

We couldn’t get this guy back in his boat. Frustrated, hurt, and tired, he was about to give up. “This is why I don’t paddle sit-in kayaks!” 

Anybody who has ever assisted in a rescue and had the swimmer struggle to climb back in, can surely identify with my sense of dr...

November 26, 2018

The lead instructor asked for some basic information: name, home base, how long have you been paddling? As I listened to the students give their responses I realized that “how long have you been paddling?” is separate from “how long have you been training?” And so I as...

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