Spring Kayak Class Sessions 2015

Spring Kayak Class sessions 2015, East Lansing High School pool.


The pool is a terrific place to be introduced to one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in America, or to refine the skills you already have and even learn the kayak roll.  These fast-paced, fun, and information-packed classes will help get you out on the water safely, whether you are interested in paddling Michigan lakes and rivers, or even whitewater!   All LAINST instructors are experienced ACA-trained and certified instructors who love to welcome new paddlers to the Lansing area paddling community.


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.  Preregistration required; email lainstkayaking@gmail.com or call 517-333-9716 to preregister or for more information.


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, what to do in case of a capsize, and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes.

6:30 – 9:30 pm. $80.  Two sessions:  Tuesdays March 3, 10, 17, OR Tuesdays March 24, 31, April 7.


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.

6:30 – 9:30 pm. $55.  Tuesdays April 14, 21.


River Kayaking

Students in this class learn the fundamentals of safely paddling moving water and whitewater rivers. Two Tuesday class sessions will be held in the classroom and the pool, focusing on safety skills, water reading, river paddling maneuvers, and trip planning. The third class will be an all-day trip to a Michigan river with light rapids suitable for practicing skills learned in the pool. Students taking this course should have taken Kayaking I &II or the equivalent.  Graduates of this class will have the foundation needed to continue practicing their skills by joining local club trips!

6:30 – 9:30 pm. $110.  Tuesdays April 28, May 5; river trip Saturday May 9.


May 9.


20th Annual Quietwater Symposium

QWS_2011_auditorium20th Annual Quiet Water Symposium

Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, Michigan State University
4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI

The 20th Annual Quiet Water Symposium brings an exciting line-up of speakers to the 2015 show.
– Cliff Jacobson, winner of the American Canoe Association’s Legends of Paddling Award
– Kevin Callan, one of only four Patrons of Paddle Canada
– Mike Link and Kate Crowley, Going Full Circle – A 1,555 mile Walk around the World’s Largest Lake
– Jim DuFresne, author of over 20 guidebooks covering Michigan, Alaska and New Zealand
– Linda De Kock, Gary De Kock and Tim Muhich, Mississippi River paddlers, 2291 miles source to sea

QWS_2012_Leslie_Science_and_Nature_CenterLast year nearly 2,500 people participated in the Quiet Water Symposium. Over 100 exhibiters took part, representing outdoor clubs, watershed groups, outfitters, boat builders, trails supporters, fishing groups, cycling organizations, hiking clubs and nature centers.

QWS_2014_arenaTo celebrate our 20th event, a new, autographed Northstar canoe will be presented by Ted Bell as one of our door prizes. Show admission for adults is $10.00, students (with ID) $5.00 and children under 12 are free.

The Quiet Water Symposium is brought to you by volunteers from the Quiet Water Society, a non-profit Lansing based organization. The Society uses proceeds from the event to support a grant program that helps to fund environmental and conservation efforts in the Great Lakes area. Visit us at http://www.quietwatersymposium.org/ to learn more.


MeetUp contact – Gary De Kock

We are also looking for LOAPC volunteers to staff many positions during this event. Room managers are in high demand and staffing the information booth is very important. People available to move around and others to oversee the exhibitor entrances are also needed. There will be more information posted on how to sign up for these.   Jay Hanks, LOAPC President

2015 LOAPC Paddling Schedule

All trips will have coordination information posted on the Club Meetup page (registration required) prior to the activity with contact info.  Scroll down to see posted trips. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed.  Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability.  Non-members must sign a Club waiver prior to participation.

Wearing a properly fastened Life Jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

JAN 1                          24th Annual New Year’s Day Paddle – Jay Hanks

MAR 21-22                 34th Annual Au Sable River Overnight – boat camping at White Pine – Jay Hanks

APR 18                       Chippewa River – Class II Whitewater – Mt. Pleasant – Joe Lessard

APR 25                       Grand River Annual Hugh Heward Challenge

MAY 1-3                    Cheat Fest and Cheat Narrows – Class III Whitewater – West Virginia – George Stockman

MAY 2                        Looking Glass and Grand Rivers – Wacousta to Portland on the Looking Glass and Charlotte Hwy to Portland on the Grand – refreshments to follow at a local establishment – Tony Kuhlman and Jay Hanks, Loretta Crum

MAY 8-10                  Pine River – Walker Bridge to Low Bridge.  Base camping at Pine River Paddlesports Center Campground – Jay Hanks

MAY 16                      Rogue River – Class II Whitewater – Grand Rapids – Van Braatz

MAY 23                      3rd Annual Memorial Day Paddle and Picnic in the Park – Grand River, Grand Ledge to Charlotte Hwy, picnic at Fitzgerald Park – Jay Hanks and Loretta Crum

MAY 28-31                Manistee River Surf-n-Turf – Hiking on the Manistee River Trail on Friday.  Baxter Bridge to M-115 on Saturday, then Hodenpyle Dam to Red Bridge on Sunday.  Base camping at Seaton Creek National Forest Campground – Jay Hanks

MAY 31                      Grand River, Eaton Rapids to McNamara Landing – Loretta Crum

JUN 5-7                      Casselman and Lower Yough – Class III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – George Stockman

JUN 6                          Grand River, Portland to Webber Dam – Loretta Crum

JUN 13                        Slippery Rock Creek – Class II-III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – Todd Leigh

JUN 13                        Youth Sports Event at Burchfield Park – Jay Hanks

JUN 19-21                  Manistee River – M-72 to M-66. Base camping at CCC Campground – Jay Hanks

JUN 20-21                  Negwegon State Park – overnight backcountry camping & coastal paddling – Linda Savage or Steve Lidia

JUL 10-12                   Boardman River – Forks Campground to Beitner Road – base camping at Forks Campground – Tony Kuhlman and Jay Hanks

JUL 24-26                   High Country Pathway – Backpacking 1 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

AUG 2                        Grand River, Webber Dam to Lyons – Class II Whitewater – Loretta Crum

AUG 7-9                     High Country Pathway – Backpacking 2 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

AUG 14-16                 Lake Superior in Eastern UP – camping at Tahquamenon State Park and coastal day paddles – Linda Savage

AUG 22                      Lower Yough – Class III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – Todd Leigh

AUG 28-30                 Huron River – 16th Annual Family Paddling Trip – Base camping at Proud Lake State Park – Dawson Road to Placeway on Saturday, and Proud Lake to Dawson Road on Sunday – Jay Hanks

AUG 29                      Howl at the Moon Paddle at Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park – Tony Kuhlman

SEP 5                          3rd Annual Labor Day Paddle and Picnic in the Park at Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park – Jay Hanks & Loretta Crum

SEP 18-20                   Dunes and Vines – camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, coastal day paddles, and wine tasting tour Saturday! – Linda Savage

SEP 21-27                   Flack Lake/Dunlop Lake/10 Mile Lake – Mississagi Provincial Park, Ontario.  Self-contained wilderness travel – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 3                         Red Cedar River Scouting Trip – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 10                       Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Project – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 15-18                  Manistee River – Deward (Co. 612) to M-66 – Base camping at CCC Campground – Rich Bailey

OCT 17                       Fall Color Tour, Grand River, Old Town to Grand Ledge – Loretta Crum

NOV 5 – 8                   Platte River Surf-n-Turf – Hiking on the Platte Plains Trail on Friday.  M-31 to Lake Michigan on Saturday and Sunday.  Base camping at Veteran’s Campground – Jay Hanks

NOV 27                      25th Annual Turkey Float – location TBD – Rich Bailey

DEC 4-6                      High Country Pathway – Backpacking 3 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

DEC 19                       22nd Annual Christmas Float – location TBD – Jay Hanks

LAINST Kayaking Classes

LAINST Kayaking Classes

Fall 2014 at the East Lansing High School pool


All equipment is provided.  Students should 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.  Classes are taught by American Canoe Association trained and certified instructors.


Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right

This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a fun, safe, and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness.  You will increase your comfort in the water, learn about boats and appropriate gear, and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes.  Also good for paddlers with some experience but no formal instruction who want to improve their skills.  Tuesdays, Nov. 18, 25 & Dec. 2. 6:30-9:30 pm.  $80.


Kayaking II:  Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling

This two evening course is for students with some previous kayaking instruction or experience who want to increase their water confidence, work on rescue and recovery skills – balance, edging, and braces – and to progress to the kayak roll.  Tuesdays, Dec. 9 and 16.  6:30–9:30 pm. $55.


Pre-registration required:

Email lainstkayaking@gmail.com, or call 517-333-9716

Jay’s Survival Camp: Ortonville State Recreation Area, MI December 5-7, 2014

Join us for a weekend focused on learning to survive overnight in the woods with just the basics. We will be staying in the Ortonville Recreation Area using a group cabin for a base to start from. Friday night in the cabin we will go over important personal survival information based on what we discussed during the Pre-Trip Meeting on Wednesday November 19.

Saturday we will hike through the woods with only our survival packs using traditional map and compass techniques to Pinnacle Point and then return. Saturdaynight we will improvise shelters following Leave No Trace techniques and spend the night.

Sunday morning we will return to the cabin for a well-deserved breakfast and debriefing of our experience before returning back to Outdoor Adventures in Ann Arbor.

This a University of Michigan Outdoor Adventures Trip and registration must be made at (734) 764-3967. Cost for this trip is $150.00.

Online viewing of this trip is available at http://recsports.umich.edu/content/jays-survival-camp-ortonville-state-recreation

We also teach fire making techniques on Sunday!

During this event we practice a “Challenge By Choice” ethic by which no person is required to do anything they are not willing to do.

Dates: Friday, December 5, 2014 – 4:00pm to Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 6:00pm Price: $150 by Tuesday, November 19, 2014

What’s Included: Included: -Transportation -Some survival items -Meals Not Included: -Meals on the road -Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries -Some survival items to be provided by participant

Good To Know:

Trip Start Time and Location: 4:00pm at Outdoor Adventures Rental Center on Friday, December 5, 2014

Trip End Time and Location: 6:00pm at Outdoor Adventures Rental Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014

Trip Duration (Days): 3

Pre-trip Meeting Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center Registration

Deadline: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Price: $150 by Tuesday, November 19, 2014 Min/Max Participants: Min: 6 Max: 16

Itinerary: (Day 1) Hike into “The Pines Cabin” in the Ortonville Recreation Area for orientation and preparation for Saturday night’s survival challenge. (Day 2) Saturday we hike orienteering-style using map and compass to Pinnacle Point with only our survival packs. We will head back to the cabin but once we are near it we will bivouac for the night with what we have been carrying and what we can improvise on site following LNT guidelines. Personal safety plan is for individuals to fall back to the cabin in the event of a problem. (Day 3) Sunday morning we will meet in the cabin for a great breakfast and debrief before returning back to Ann Arbor.

The Power of Water September Newsletter

Lots of fun to come in September with The Power of Water

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September Courses

There’s lots happening this Fall! Come out and and join us for stand up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, flatwater kayaking or whitewater kayaking

Be sure to check out the Pictured Rocks Fall Colors and Tybee Island trips!
INTRO TO PADDLESPORTS $125 Level 1-3 3-7pm 9/5 and 9/12 Register Now ,
This 2 day course is without a doubt THE best way to start or improve your paddling. We will be playing on, in and around Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards. The idea is to develop a foundation of blade and body awareness to apply to any craft.
Venue – Lake Lansing

BCU FOUNDATION SAFETY and RESCUE TRAINING (FSRT) $125.00 9:00-5:00pm 9/6 Register Now
FSRT is one of the most valuable courses offered in the BCU system. It is all about rescuing all types of paddlecraft from all paddlecraft. We’ll be using sea kayaks, recreational kayaks, canoes and SUPs
Venue – Island lake Park, Brighton.

BCU 3 STAR SEA AWARD TRAINING $125.00 9/7 10:00-5:00pm 9/7 Register Now
The 3 Star Training prepares participants to be competent members of a lead group in conditions we often find on the Great Lakes.
Venue – Lake Michigan, Holland

KAYAK QUICK START $60 Level 1 3-6pm 9/7 Register Now
An introduction to the sport of kayaking. We will cover boat selection, getting in and out, basic control strokes and safety. Venue – Lake Lansing

KAYAK ROLLING $60 Level 1-4 6-8pm 9/8 Register Now
The one skill we all wish we had on lock down…and should. If this is your first attempt or you need refining, we can help.
Venue – Lake Lansing

OPEN WATER RESCUES AND TOWING $60.00 Level 1-3, 5:00-8:00 pm 9/10 Register Now
If you’re paddling farther from shore than you want to swim then rescue and towing skills are essential. We’ll develop a variety of techniques for self and group rescues and work on the most effective methods for towing a kayak.
Venue: Lake Lansing

DISCOVERY TOUR $75 Level 1-3 1-6pm 9/14 Register Now
These trips are a great way to experience all aspects of a kayak or canoe journey. We will look at the process as a whole and tailor to the needs and skills of each group.
Venue – Grand River

RIVER RESCUE 1 $75 Level 1-4 10-2pm 9/15 Register Now
Learning how to rescue yourself in a moving water environment. We will cover swimming in the river, reading water, hazard identification and basic safety awareness. ALL members of your group should take this course.
Venue – Huron River

PICTURED ROCKS FALL COLORS $325 Level 3-5 9/19-21 Register Now
Experience one of paddling’s top destinations at its best….no bugs, no people and unlimited amazement.
Venue – Grand Island and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

RIVER RESCUE 2 $75 Level 2-4 9/24 Register Now
So now we look at how to manage your gear and your groups stuff in a rescue environment. Basic boat handling skills in current and self rescue required. Group dynamics and some rope work will be introduced.
Venue – Huron River

INTRO TO MOVING WATER 1 $60 Level 1-2 2-6pm 9/30 Register Now
Looking at the river in a whole new way. Boat handling, hazard awareness and solutions, moving in and out of mild current and safety. Everyone needs these skills, plus it is FUN! Venue – Grand River

ACA TRIP LEADER AWARD $195.00 Level 2-3 9/27-28 Register Now

9/4, 6-9pm on the Grand River Register Now
9/11,Register Now 9/25 Register Now 6-830pm Lake Lansing
9/6 3-6pm MSU Sailing Center Register Now

Tybee Island Ocean Skills Week Register Now for 5 days of coaching, 6 nights lodging and 13 meals all for $1,099.00
Join us for 5 amazing days on one of the most unique islands on the east coast. Tybee Island Surf Week takes full advantage of all Tybee has to offer paddlers. We will play and learn on her great surf beaches, back bays full of wildlife, and the world famous “Triangle” tidal race.

Find out why this is the fastest growing outdoor sport. Guaranteed to make you a better kayaker! Yes, kayaker.

LEVEL 1 – Little to no experience, open to learning.
LEVEL 2 – Ability to control your boat on flat water. Move sideways, forward, turn, stop and reverse. Comfortable in water. Some exposure to rescues.
LEVEL 3 – Add wind (10-15 knots), waves (1-2 feet) and/or current (Class I-II). Still smiling, comfortable and able to rescue yourself or your group.
LEVEL 4 – Kick it up another notch and add some solid navigation skills.

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Mississippi River Voyage – Day 40

2.5_Beards,_Mississippi_River_Adventure,_Big_Muddy_Mike_and_MRV_meet_upFriends of Water For People,

Today the Mississippi River Voyage reached the half way point in the river near St. Louis, MO. In 40 days, we have completed 1148 miles of 2291. We still have a lot of river left to complete in the 30 days that remain before WEFTEC. We continue to receive pledges at the Crowdrise site and thank all for supporting Water For People.

The attached shows us at the Chain of Rocks near St. Louis with some of the many new friends that we have made on the river. Follow us on Facebook and via Delorme satellite.

Gary and Linda