Rhode Island Canoe & Kayak Association

 



American Canoe Assn. link

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The Blackstone Vallley Paddle club 21 years ago in 2000! Back row left to right: Lee Parham, Cheryl Thompson, Lisa DeHaan, Ranger Dan Meharg, Mark Plourde, Steve Reindeau, Bob Martin.  Front: Linda Konvalinka, Kent Cameron, Burt Knowles,Julie Reindeau and Ranger Suzanne Buchanan.

 

 

 

Bear Proofing

 


Rescue at Pictured Rocks


This will affect one of the few remaining public access points on the Sakonnet especially if you want to paddle in a protected area.  Save Seapowet






RICKA Picnic 9/25/21


 


Read the July Paddler



Now renting at two great locations:
Providence: 15 Bridge Street, Providence,
Lincoln Woods: Book Online:





Training offer from the Sea Kayak group and flatwater paddlers are invited!




Conservation


Clean Ocean Access is offering invformation to this event! This summer their 4th Annual Paddle for Access event is back in person on August 21st in Newport, RI! This event is a 3 or 6-mile paddle around Goat Island to help them achieve their goal to preserve and protect public shoreline access. Info here. and more here.


 


Narrow River Osprey Webcam



Annual RICKA memberships expires 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 or a credit card






BEWARE! Scammers are targeting the RICKA Classifieds.  If you are advertising with us, please accept cash only,and local pick up required







Check out the FW Calendar for camping & paddling trips:


Adirondack Paddle and Camping Adventure  August

Housatonic Paddle and Camp Weekend October 9-10

 

 

Atlantic Coastal Kayaker will bring you 36 pages of monthly articles all about sea kayaking, 8 times per year. ackayak@comcast.net 
www.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com
 

 

 





2020 to 2021 Award Winners

 

 Lifetime Achievement Award- Carleen McCosker

 

Carleen's Write up

 





Erik Eckilson received RICKA's Lifetime Achievemtn Award

 

Erik's Write up

 

 

 

 

Skye and Steve Pechie- Volunteer of the Year Award

 

Skye and Steve's write up

 

 

 









 

 

 

 

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

 

 











READ THE MINUTES of the most recent Executive Committee meeting.

RICKA Inventory
Bylaws




 

RICKA has a no- hassle library service  More.....






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.net.  www.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com  (it is a $6.00 discount for RICKA members)

 

 News:

RICKA General
Meeting 


COVID-19 Guidance




RICKA Picnic 9/25/21



Important info on your  membershp!



Discounts for Members- One of the Many Advantages of a RICKA Membership



Covid Protocols  



Signing up for the flatwater & BVPC e-mail list is easy. Contact the Flatwater/BVPC group & write "e-mail list" in the subject line. (We send out notices on trips and events)







Dry Suits vs Semi-Dry



24 Safety Tips



How to Self Rescue



3 Things to Consider for New Paddlers



A Paddler's Safey Kit


Paddling in mixed boat traffic


Canoe or Kayak: which one is best for you. Cliff Jacobson



 Wilderness Canoeing  Cliff Jacobson


How to Paddle into Old Age- Cliff Jacobson

 
How to Dress for Paddling


How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak


Kayak Paddle Length- How to Pick the Correct Size

Plastic vs Fiberglass Boats

 

What Happens if I Flip

 

Carry, Lift & Load your Boat


Basics of a Kayak Paddle

Canoe Paddles


 Printable USGS PDF TOPO! Maps 


Choosing the Best Paddle



How to Care for your Neoprene NRS



Navigation Rules and Regulations

 RICKA is an American Whitewater Affiliate Club. You can find additional informatiom here.






USGS - streamgages



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


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Check the MESSAGE BOARDS:

Sea Kayaking
Flatwater
Whitewater
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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 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

 

 

 


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 


RICKA's Webmasters
 

Cheryl Thompson, Webmaster amd Eric Johnson, Sea Kayaking pages Webmaster

 

 

 

Need to locate a club officer or member of the Executive Committee (including all activity chairs?)  Click here

 

 

Link problems on the homepage - The Sea 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.

 

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


 

 

BVPC: 

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club Calendar 



The BVPC Calemdar is now up!


See you on the Water from May  through August.


BVPC won the regional National Park Service Hartzog Award for outstanding volunteer Service in 2016.  

Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home

 

 


 



Flatwater: 



 
Click for the Flatwater Calendar!  
The posting of the new season is in progress, stay tuned!

 

Check for changes or cancellations before
 leaving from work or home

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 Message 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.

Sea Kayak Calendar
     

Before you go: READ THE BASIC GUIDELINES

VISIT THE SEA KAYAK MESSAGE BOARD THE NIGHT BEFORE AND THE MORNING OF ALL TRIPS TO CHECK FOR CHANGES, POSTPONMENTS, OR CANCELLATIONS.

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

 

 


 

Whitewater: 

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.  

 

Discounts

Discounts for Members

Bring your RICKA membership letter with your either in a paper format or a digital format and remember to ASK for the discount. The retailers have the right to stop offering the discount at any time. Ask before purchasing.


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 RI Canoe/Kayak Association. The mailing address is: WaveLength Magazine,2735 North Rd., Gabriola, BC, Canada, V0R 1X7.

 

 


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

 

The Kayak Centre: 15% off Accessories with new boat or SUP purchase   70 Brown Street, 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. Zoar Outdoors

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 per year.
ackayak@comcast.net 
www.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com 
 (it is a discount for RICKA members)



The BAG LADY is beginning her 44th year making bags to protect  your boats and gear. Please take a moment to visit her new website.

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