Monthly Archives: October 2011

Kayak Classes and Open Pool Times

Hey paddlers,

Maybe you are interested in a pool class, or know someone who is – please share this information.

LAINST kayak classes fall 2011 at East Lansing High School pool:

Kayaking classes are taught by American Canoe Association certified instructors. All equipment is provided. Students should be comfortable in the water and bring a towel and swimsuit. A synthetic top for warmth and water shoes are recommended. Each class starts with one hour “dry” classroom subjects, followed by one hour on the water instruction and one hour free practice time. Please preregister: 517-333-9716 or

Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right

This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a safe and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness. You will learn about boats and gear and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes.

6:00 – 9:00 pm. $70. Wednesday November 9, 16, and 30 (no class Thanksgiving week)

Kayaking II: Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling

This two evening course is for students with some kayaking experience who want to work on recovery skills (balance, edging, and braces) and learn how to roll.

6:00 – 9:00 pm. $40. Wednesday December 7 & 14.

Also, there is free pool practice time from 7 – 9 pm (no instruction) if you have your own boat. Our classes depend on volunteers for equipment and help, so if you have a boat you can lend or would like to help out, please let us know.


There will be open pool paddling time at the East Lansing High School pool on Wednesday November 2 from 7-9 pm.  There is no class this night; just show up for some fun and practice in the pool.  The pool is really big, so any kind of boat is OK.  Enter the high school by the west drive (not the football one) and continue around to the left all the way, for access.  There will be a limited amount of extra boats and paddles.  We will be passing the hat to help defray the cost of the pool, so if you can donate a few bucks, that would be a big help.

Also, on class nights throughout fall 2011, there is free pool practice time from 7-9 pm if you have your own boat.  Our classes depend on volunteers for equipment and help, so if you have a boat you can lend or would like to help out, please let us know, 517-333-9716 or, or if you have any questions.

Class nights:  Wednesdays November 9, 16, 30 (no pool time Thanksgiving week), December 7 & 14.

This message was sent by Linda Savage ( from Lansing Oar and Paddle Club.

Upcoming Dates

November 15 @ 7:00 p.m.          Pizza Party at Jimmy’s Pub to plan for upcoming 2012 paddling destinations.   $5.00 cover per person with Club paying the balance. 

November 25/26 @ 9:00 am          21st Annual Turkey Float – location TBD.  See posting on Trips.

December 10 @ 5:00 p.m.          Christmas Party at Jay’s house.  Bring a dish to pass and any pictures, videos, or stories to share

December 24 @ 10:00 am          18th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Float – location TBD

January 1, 2012 @ 10:00 am          21st  Annual New Year’s Day Float – location TBD

January 17, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.           Presentation TBA          

February 21, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.   Presentation TBA 

March 20, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.          Presentation TBA          

 April 17, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.          Presentation TBA         

 May 15, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.          Presentation TB

Kruger Base Camp Update

From Pat Harrington:
For distribitution to your lists or sites:

I’m helping with some trees that Mike’s Smith & Doty, with great assistance from Leon and Robin – brought down yesterday – that are going to get cut, split and loaded ot of Jenny’s yard this Saturday. We will most likely get the old “Basecamp” sign rehung after the formerly standing tree gets pulled out of the river.

I am asking that you let me know if you want to be on future Kruger Basecamp enhancement projects, and Jenny sure does appreciate it. If you’re out of town this time – cool, if you want to get on the mailing list for “a future enhancement project” next spring or next fall – let me know. If Jenny will let me, I’m going to take a lead on getting these periodic visits organized, so get on the list if you want to participate.

We’ll have a hot dog lunch at noon – bring your utensils.


P.S. LOAPC is clearing the red cedar on the 22nd – see their message, which is now on meetup, for the details.

P.S.S. Grand River Expedition #3 accomplished one of it’s primary goals, being establishment of Middle Grand Organization of Watershed – stay tuned for further info – it’s great to see the vision of so many folks being carried forward.

25th Annual Club Business Meeting

Our Annual Business Meeting of the Lansing Oar And Paddle Club will be held on Tuesday October 25 at 7:00 pm at Jimmy’s Pub in East Lansing.

Jimmy’s Pub
16804 South Chandler Road, East Lansing
between State Road and Lake Lansing Road
Map to Jimmy’s Pub

We will review our finances, summarize our past year’s activities with reports from Committee Chairs, discuss our membership progress since starting to use Meetup, elect officers and chairs, and inform those present on paddling-related events in the area.

We will also remind everyone about our November pizza party when we will talk about paddling plans for 2012. 

Jay Hanks, President