Monthly Archives: April 2010

ACA Workshops available

ACA Workshops 

ACA Levels 2-4 Skills Assessment, 

May 13,  Cost $60.  If taken as a pre-requisite to the Instructor Development Course cost is reduced to $25.  This course is strongly suggested to get yourself aligned for the IDW. 

ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Development Workshop:  Levels 1-4.   

The IDW is for those with good paddling and rescue skills who would like to learn to share them in safer and more competent ways. This required 3 Day course prepares you for taking the ACA Instructor Certification Exam to potentially be certified as and ACA Coastal Kayak instructor. Prior to the course, you will be assigned lessons to research and teach and order your own course materials direct from ACA to give yourself a bit of a headstart (  Ron Smith of Black Parrot Paddling teams with Michael Gray to offer this course all levels.  Note: Registration for this course closes on Monday, May 3rd. 

May 14-16

Course fee: $295/person, materials fee about $40 (ordered by you direct from ACA), and food and lodging package is $150 (3 nights cabin lodging and all meals) 

ACA Instructor Certification Exam:  Levels 1-4 (conditions permitting) 

So, you’ve taken your IDW, you’ve been practicing and gotten your pre-req’s out of the way, like first aid certification and joining the ACA.  Now its time to bring those efforts to light in a practical setting to teach your peers and be evaluated. You’ll be evaluated on all levels, so you’ll leave as a certified ACA Coastal instructor at the highest level appropriate for your skills.  We are holding this course in the fall to take advantage of fall warm waters and the greatest chance for Level 4 conditions. 

October 7-10, $295/person course fee + $40 materials fee.  Food and Lodging package for 3 days/nights is $150. 

Venue for Courses: Our classroom setting in Sleeping Bear Country is unrivaled.  Courses are held at a remote camp location on Lower Herring Lake (paddle in only) with beaches on both an inland lake and on Lake Michigan. All meals and lodging are conveniently on site as well as a rustic lodge classroom and wood fired hot tub. You’ll spend your time learning with and from one another instead of moving gear around to various water sites. 

Registration is by check or credit card directly with Uncommon Adventures, 1-866-882-5525

Club Meeting Tuesday, May 18 on Grand River Expedition 2010

The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club will be presenting information and discussing Grand River Expedition 2010 on Tuesday, May 18.  The formal portion of the meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, but please arrive by 6:30 pm to order food and drinks prior to the meeting.

The meeting will be held at Jimmy’s Pub
16804 South Chandler Road, East Lansing
between State Road and Lake Lansing Road
Map to Jimmy’s Pub

Summit Sports Kayak Demo at Sylvan Lake May 1-2


Summer sea kayaking trips

Hey paddlers, Let’s get some dialog going for anyone who is interested in doing any summer trips. Our plan for a medium-length trip is to paddle the south shore of Lake Superior from the Tacquamenon River mouth to Grand Marais. Lighthouses, agate hunting, great campgrounds, and really the only place on the south shore where it is still largely roadless (not lined with private property and houses). This trip would take 5-6 days (4-5 days of paddling and 1-2 planned weather days). The best time to do it would be early August, but we have not set dates yet in order to coordinate with others. We could set a shuttle, or pay someone to move our cars. This trip is for anyone who has a sea kayak with sealed bulkheads who can paddle 12 mile days and would like to get some open water experience in some wind and up to 2-3 foot waves if necessary.

Other destinations we have been thinking of:

1. Long Point park, northern Lake Erie in Ontario – a weekend trip – base camp and day paddles, for anyone with any experience or craft. Need to make a reservation for this soon!

2. Beaver Island group – long weekend sea kayak, wilderness camping, conditions similar to Lake Superior paddle.

3. The La Cloche islands offshore of Fort La Cloche Provincial park (north shore Georgian Bay near Blind River) – long weekend, sea kayak, wilderness camping. This is a remote and unvisited place and might be a bit of an adventure.

4. East shore of the Bruce Peninsula – fantastic cliffs, caves, and lighthouses. Base camp at Cypress Lake campground and do day paddles – weekend or long weekend for anyone of any experience or craft. Again, need to make a reservation for this soon!

5. We will certainly go up to the Ottawa once to visit Cam and paddle some whitewater for a long weekend.

Our long planned trip is the French River, the second week of September. This is a wilderness trip with some rapids and likely lining and/or portages, and a paddle along the north shore of Georgian Bay to finish up. Spectacular. We are doing this in a canoe, but I suppose it could be done in a sea kayak too. After seeing Scott Savage paddle the Ontonagon with us in a Skerry last spring, I’ve seen it all. If anyone had weekends they knew were free, had some ideas, and wanted to get something planned – let us know.

Linda & Todd

Linda’s email:

Youth Sports Day Event Saturday, June 12

The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club will again be participating in the Youth Sports Day Event organized by the Mason Optimist Club. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Grovenburg/Wm Burchfield County Park. It will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on that day only. There are many volunteer programs going on there at that time, and LOAPC has been asked to assist with kayak assistance and instruction in a beginner setting on the lake near the Grand River. 

If any members wish to bring their own kayaks for display or demonstration purposes that is encouraged. There will be beginner-level kayaks available at the lake that are provided already. The main role of the Club is to provide basic instruction and to make sure that all participants are paddling with PFD’s, and to assure that nobody uses the kayaks without anyone’s knowledge.

We will have a Club display up and information about the Club to share during this time. Please feel invited to come out and have a good time sharing our love for the water and the youth in our community.

Please contact myself or post a reply for further information.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President.