Archive for Announcements
The North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak Summer Schedule 2014 (third quarter) is now available. Paddling trips, training and assessments and practice sessions and more! It’s time to get out on the water. For the latest version updates will be posted to our Schedule Page as they occurr.
Every year The Waterfront Center, in Oyster Bay plays hosts to adults, children and families the first Sunday in June for Bay Day.
From their website:
“During the event all WFC activities such as sailing, kayaking and Christeen sails are provided at no cost. It is our way of giving back to the community, promoting environmental awareness and stewardship while having a great time. We are excited to invite the community to experience all we have to offer and promote environmental awareness and stewardship; reinforcing our vision so they everyone can enjoy and preserve it for all time. Through Bay Day and its activities we share with the public the importance and connectivity of all environments as a whole and how to best recreate in them.”
The WaterFront Center was created in 2000 to transform the former Jakobson Shipyard site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak members will be on hand throughout the day with kayak skills demonstrations and information on kayaking opportunities in the area. Stop by and say Hello!! Bay Bay activities will run Sunday June 1, 2014 from 12 noon until 5 PM. The WFC is located at 1 West End Avenue, Oyster Bay 11771.
Happy Hobie DAY Sunday May 18, 2014 at Empire Kayaks in Island Park. From 10am-2pm Join them for a free demo of all the great Hobie products! The latest Hobie Stand Up Paddleboards, the Hobie Mirage Drive pedal kayaks and the multi-functional Tandem Island are just some of the available Hobies to try out. Hobie Fishing Team members will be on hand to explain the advantages of fishing from a Hobie! Call 516 889 8300 to reserve. Directions.
The Dinghy Shop in Amityville will be holding their annual Kayak Test Drive event May 3 and 4th, 2014. This is a great opportunity to try a bunch of different kayaks, meet some great folks and shop for kayaks, gear and equipment. The shop is located at 334 South Bayview Ave. Amityville ,New York 11701 631-264-0005 or email@example.com
The Hudson Valley Kayak Symposium will be held July 18-20, 2014 in Cold Spring, NY. The driving force behind this event is Matt Kane, a longtime Hudson River guide and instructor. Having recognized the need for stronger kayak instruction and better training opportunities along the Hudson River, Matt has arranged for a lineup of talented kayak instructors to be available to work with those looking to fine tune and build skills.
The Symposium includes an outstanding group of instructors, lodging at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, and food all three days. Paddling instruction will be conducted on the Hudson River between Peekskill and Beacon near such scenic attractions as the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bear Mountain, Storm King Mountain and Bannermann’s Castle.
Captain Kayak is proud to announce The 2014 Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay will run Thursday, May 15th to Sunday, May 18th 2014, at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn NY.
The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay is a great way to catch the first fish of the year and hook up with old and make some new friends, all for the benefit of worthy causes. Those of us who share the enthusiasm for the sport of Kayak Fishing know this is a premier event that shouldn’t be missed. The tournament has again been chosen as 1 of only 4 tournaments in the United States as a qualifier for the 2014 Hobie Fishing Worlds Championship to be held inAmsterdam October 5 -11, 2014.
Proceeds benefit Heros on the Water, The Robert K. Sweeney Sport Fishing Education Center and the Fisherman’s Send a Kid Fishing Fund.
It’s mid April, there have been some really nice days, but it’s possibly the most dangerous time to be on the water. The reason is Cold Water. It is essential that you dress for immersion, not the air temperature.
There have already been several unfortunate incidents in our area. A couple of days ago the news media carried the story of two fishermen who capsized their canoe in Smithtown Bay at the mouth of the Nissequogue River. Luckily for them a bird watcher spotted them in the water and was able to notify 911. Nevertheless they were last reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital
In another incident two young men lost their lives in the Hudson. One apparently fell from a pier and the other jumped in to rescue him. Neither made it out alive.
Newsday recently published a couple of photos showing people enjoying their day on the water. The first picture was of a couple of fishermen in their boat on Lake Ronkonkoma. Both appeared to be wearing heavy thermal hooded sweatshirts…..and apparently no Personal Flotation Device (PFDs or Life Jackets). That is in violation of NYS Law which requires PFDs be worn until May 1. The second photo depicted a father and son on the Connetquot River. The son is in a kayak and wearing a PFD but the father, on a stand up paddle board, appeared to be wearing just a tee shirt and shorts…. no PFD as required. I will assume that the folks in these photos ended their day successfully but I wonder how things would have turned out if they had gone into the 40 degree water.
Cold water presents two lethal hazards. The first is Cold Shock. That’s an uncontrollable gasping reflex-action that occurs when your body gets immersed in cold water. If you’re gasping uncontrollably while your head is under water you are finished right then and there. The second hazard is Hypothermia. That’s the lowering of your body temperature which in itself can be fatal. It quickly results in a loss of muscular control which causes swimming failure. You might be a good swimmer but the lack of muscle control will quickly take away even your ability to tread water. Without a PFD you won’t be able to keep your head above water.
At this time of the year, with water temperatures still in the 40’s, it is essential that you’re dressed for immersion in cold water. Either a drysuit or a wetsuit will provide adequate protection for a brief immersion, and properly fitted PFD will help keep your head out of the water. A heavy cotton sweatshirt will afford absolutely no protection in the water, it will soak up so much water and weight it will be harder to pull yourself out, and once soaked it has no insulating value. Wet clothing and wind will just add to evaporative cooling and hypothermia.
Don’t take chances, dress for immersion and wear your PFD.
A Public Service Message from North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak. We’re serious about fun!!
The latest North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak Newsletter by Hal McLaughlin, Spring 2014, is now available. Check it out!