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Annual RICKA memberships expire on March 31st.  If you haven't done so already, please renew your membership by clicking here.  For your convienence, you can pay by mail or online using Paypal! 




July 16- Core Principles Workshop
UNIQUE opportunity for 10 RICKA members.
Carl Ladd will give a 4 hr class.
New as well as seasoned paddlers will benefit from this class. Cost to participants is only $15.00,
RI Canoe and Kayak will subsidize the remaining fee. More info..... and

 Flatwater Training and Rescues on July 10th



As a way to promote paddling, geocaching, and our home state of Rhode Island, RICKA will be offering a limited edition, paddling themed geocaching coin or “geocoin”.

RICKA Limited Edition Commemorative Geo Coin





Vendor of the Week :  



Collinsville Canoe and Kayak

A specialty paddling shop located on the Farmington River in north central Connecticut. 





EMS in Middletown is now offering RICKA members a year round discount.  The deal is 15% off name brand full price  merchandise and 20% off EMS brand full price merchandise at this location:
EMS @ 1313 West Main Road  Middletown, RI





Weekly featured Watershed:


Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park











The RICKA board positon of Publicity Chair is currently vacant.  If you think you might be interested, contact presidsent Susan Engleman.







June Paddler
is now available. You can read it here!


Each month, the Paddler brings you everything you need to know about what’s going on at RICKA. As a RICKA member, you never miss an issue since the Paddler is delivered right to your door (well, usually your email box) as soon as it is published. If you are a RICKA member, but haven’t renewed your membership lately, please do so now. Your membership expires on March 31st. If you aren’t a RICKA member, please join today. It’s just $15 for the entire family. You can register online by mail or using PayPal at Join the Fun



Important: for members requesting the "Paddler" newsletter by email  Click here.

 To make sure RICKA's monthly newsletter and other email updates are delivered to your inbox (not to junk-mail folders) please be sure to add rickaboard@gmail.com to your email address book or safe list.  Thank you.

READ THE MINUTES of the most recent Executive Committee meeting



Would you like to read more, lots more, about sea kayaking? SUBSCRIBE  NOW! Atlantic Coastal Kayaker will bring you 36 pages of monthly articles all about sea kayaking, 8 times a year. ackayak@comcast.netwww.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com  (it is a $6.00 discount for RICKA members)

Hot News:

August 21st, 2016 -  RICKA'a Annual BBQ will be held at Colt State Park

BVPC wins the regional National Park Service Hartzog Award for outstanding volunteer Service.  There is a nice mention  Worcester Telegram

 If you would like to sign up for the flatwater and BVPC e-mail list, click below:

Click here to join RICKA_FLATWATER

RICKA Executive Board Meetings will be held at
REI  Cranston Store
22 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, RI 02920
About REI

RI Outdoor Recreational Council

Dam Water Releases

Tim Gleason- RICKA's 2015 Volunteer of the Year!

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Be sure to check out our Facebook page as well!

What Boats need registering?

Life Jacket Loaner Program borrowing a life jacket made easy!

USGS - streamgages

American Canoe Association offer these guidelines for responsible paddling: read more



Paddling PFD different.




Kayaking 101


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Current Activities & Events 

IMPORTANT: Scheduled trip times are DEPARTURE times, not arrival times
. Just as you wouldn't arrive at the airport at 9AM for a 9AM flight you should arrive before the departure time for paddle trips, to allow adequate time to unload boats and gear and park the car. When participants arrive late it punishes everybody who arrived on time, and discourages them from arriving on time for future paddles. At its May 2005 meeting, the RICKA Executive Committee voted that trip leaders /coordinators/ facillitators/ etc., should make every effort to begin trips on time. Any person not in the water and ready to paddle after the scheduled start of the trip should be advised of the route the trip will take in case they want to try to catch up





When boat size or paddling skill sets are specified as requirements for participation in a trip they apply to everybody.Even if you have the experience to overcome the circumstances that necessitate these requirements they still apply to you. Once an exception is made for one individual it creates a serious problem enforcing the requirements when other less experienced paddlers demand to be allowed to participate also.

Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated










Non-affiliated Meetup Group of special interest to RICKA paddlers: 















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For RICKA members joining the ACA, RICKA's PAC membership number is:  # 259690588







RICKA General Meeting




Check out our vendor:
The Blackstone Valley Outfitters.

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club Calendar  2016! Now available for viewing.

June 28th Seekonk River

July 5th Whitehall Reservoir

July 12th Ranger Night Slatersville
July 19th Valley Falls- 

July 26th Providence River

August 2nd  Manville Dam

August 9th Ranger Night at Hopedale

August 16th Singletary Lake

August 23rd Paddle and Party on Spring Lake

Look for a special GO program paddle to be held on Sunday September 25th- membership requirements are waived for this paddle.

Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home





Click for the Flatwater Calendar!  2016!

Check for changes or cancellations before
 leaving from work or home

July 10th Flatwater Training and Rescues

June 26th Mystic Seaport

June 25th to July 2nd Cape Cod Week

July 4th -Pawcatuck River

July 9th Potter Hill to Westerly

July 10th Flatwater Training and Rescues

July 10th Wickford Harbor

July 16th Ninigret pond

July 16th Class with Osprey Sea kayak

July 18th Roger Williams Park
Meeting on the Water

July 23rd Point Judith Salt Pond

July 30th to Aug 7th  ADK Week

August 13th Sudbury River

August 14th Quinebaug River Canoe Trail

August 15th No. Branch Pawtuxet
Meeting on the Water

August 20th Nashua River TBD

August 21st RICKA'a Annual BBQ will be held at Colt State Park

August 27th Lower Deerfield



ADK:  Click Here  Time to reseve your site for the 2016 Adirondack Paddling and Camping week.


Flatwater Trips: Do not launch your boat until the trip coordinator gives a brief safety talk and takes a head count of the paddlers. The trip coordinator will assign needed positions to other leaders: e.g. sweep boat, alternate leaders, etc.  Please wait for the leader to launch their boat or give the OK for you to launch.  

On the water, stay with the group at all times and stay behind the leaders, unless otherwise directed. Never paddle behind the sweep boat. If you leave the trip for any reason, you need to notify a leader.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation; we want to insure that our paddles are enjoyable and safe for all. Please review these safety signals.

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.

Please check the discussion board before leaving your home for any last minute changes or cancellations.




Sea Kayaking:

For up to date information, please go to the Sea Kayak Calendar for details

All trips from September through May will be posted on the Sea Kayak Message Board.



Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk






Check the Whitewater Message Board to see if we are going. Appropriate skills and equipment are required for whitewater trips.

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.





Wilderness Paddling: 


Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.

Please check the discussion board before leaving your home for any last minute changes or cancellations.  




Issues you need to be aware of

RICKA's Webmasters
Cheryl Thompson, Webmaster

Eric Johnson, Sea Kayaking pages Webmaster


Need to locate a club officer or member of the Executive Committee (including all activity chairs?)  Click here or see the list in any issue of the Paddler. .

Link problems on the homepage - TheSea Kayaking web pages, the Flatwater web pages, and the Whitewater webpages all reside on hosts separate from the home site. Among other reasons, this serves a security function in that,when the main RICKA site gets hacked (it has happened 5 times so far) the satellite sites are protected from being defaced and needing to be restored.

Bear in mind that web servers, like personal computers, are subject to occassional crashes and/or occassionally have to be taken offline to be upgraded. These events are beyond our control.In the event that you are unable to access one of the satellite sites or even the home site, please wait an hour and try accessing it again before reporting a problem to the Webmaster.Thanks.

USGS Real-Time Water Data for Rhode Island: Streamflow Conditions


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Discounts for members

Bring your RICKA membership card
and remember to ASK for the discount.

OspreySea Kayak Adventures:
10% off accessories.489 Old County Rd Westport Mass. 02790(508)636-0300 www.ospreyseakayak.com

15% off gear. Use code bce-1000 during checkout. http://www.outdoorplay.com/kayaks

Quaker Lane Outfitters :
All canoes & kayaks 10% off. Accessories 20% off. 4019 Quaker Lane (Route 2) North Kingstown. 800-249-5400.

WaveLength Magazine: Offers a "Club Sub"introductory discountfor new subscribers who are paddling club members. Asubscription generally costs $15/year, but new subscribers who areRICKA members, can subscribe for $10. Send a check with your name andmailing address along with a note saying you belong to the RICanoe/Kayak Association. The mailing address is: WaveLength Magazine,2735 North Rd., Gabriola, BC, Canada, V0R 1X7. Check them out on theWeb at http://www.WaveLengthMagazine.com


Gentle Adventures


New Bungee/ Stretch Cord for sale.  Made in New England area. All sizes, colors, and styles available.  Prices start at $5.00/spool

CALL Jonathan at : Marine Rope International Located in Cranston, RI  401-447-7973. Jon@marineropeinternational.com


Blackstone Valley Outfitters:
10% off retail prices on all kayak accessories, guided trips and instructions, at Blackstone Valley Outfitters 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-312-0369, www.bvori.com

Claude's Cycles:
Snowshoes 10% off. Canoe & power sports accessories 10% off. Wood canoes & fiberglass canoes 8% off. 50cc scooters 3% off. Receive an additional 2% discount on canoes and 50cc scooters when you pay by bank check. Discounts are for card carrying RICKA members and apply to non-sale items. Foxborough, Ma. (call for directions) 508-543-0490 www.claudescycles.com

Work out as if your life depends on it. 20% discount off any CrossFit membership to RICKA members. http://www.CrossFitRhody.com. 

The Kayak Centre: 10% off Composite Kayaks  15% off Plastic Kayaks  20% off Accessories with boat or SUP purchase  20% off Accessories without boat purchase. Your RICKA membership card must be presented at point of purchase for the discount to be valid. Brown and Phillips Streets,Wickford Village. 1-888-SEA-KAYAK, www.kayakcentre.com

Narrow River Kayaks:
15% off rentals, tours, and accessories; 5% off kayak, SUP and canoe purchases.  10% off purchase of second kayak, canoe or SUP. 10% off any paddle accessiories or store merchanise. 15% off any kayak, canoe or SUP rental. 15% off any quided excursion.
94B Middlebridge Road, Narragansett, RI (401) 789-0334 http://www.narrowriverkayaks.com/

The Outfitters Shop At Zoar Outdoor: 10% off accessories. 7 Main St, Charlemont, MA. (413) 339 8596. www.zoaroutdoor.com/outfitters-shop-home.htm


Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by RICKA of any business or person.


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