What I learned the hard way about paddling

Or beginning whitewater paddling... As far as safety, I don’t need to tell any of you that strainers and cold water are your big enemy, not rocks, flipping or swimming. Part of pulling off a combat roll is being comfortable under water….and a big part of being comfortable underwater is not freaking out when you're not …

Paddling Resources

This is mainly geared toward new paddlers, but I thought it might be useful to others... KCCNY, you already know about. Use the forum to organize trips, buy/sell gear, ask questions, post anything paddling related. If you haven't already, please become a member so we can keep having beginner weekends, pool sessions in the winter, …

River Reading

From the seat of your boat, it can be difficult to make a distinction between a downstream wave, hole, or barely-submerged rock. Here's a tip: It's often easier to figure out what you're facing by looking just below the feature. For example, you see a hump of water and, just beyond it, a patch of …

Grading of Rapids – from kayaksnthings.com

Came across a good article on what defines a rapid's class on the kayaksnthings blog. Here's an excerpt: Grade I: Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy. Grade II: Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which …