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 News:

RICKA General
Meeting  May 17th



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



Mastering the Canoe J Stroke


Kayak Dimensions- Tom Watson

 

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.





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




 
What Boats need registering?



USGS - streamgages



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

Kayaking 101


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Lunch break on a pebble beach - the Sakonnet River  5/2/21
 Photo by Jonathan Sharlin
 

 
The sale has been extended!
 The Kayak Centre is offering a special discount to RICKA members from 
5/02 through  5/09/21. The discount is for 20% off all clothes, shoes and flip flops.!
 When shopping online, just enter RICKA in the promo code box or stop in 
the store and ask for the discount.





Sea Kayak Planning Meeting Saturday, June 5th at 3:00 p.m. The Sea Kayak Planning Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 5th at 3:00 at 75 Drift Rd Westport, MA. BYOB and food, and bring ideas for trips to add to the summer calendar. Contact Carleen McOsker with any questions at 401-499-700 or carleenmcosker@icloud.com.




Self guided paddling in the Blackstone Valley Watershed- Thank you to those Blackstone Valley Paddle Club leaders who researched and wrote up many of the trips. For many of us that was our contribution to the BVPC season for 2020. Thank you to the BHC for their efforts in getting this guide online!




Paddling routes on the Wood Pawcatuck




2021 Flatwater Trips are now online!

2021 BVPC Calendar 






The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park has announced an opening for a Community Volunteer Ambassador. This CVA will help the Park form partnerships with its new neighbors and recruit volunteers at the Slater Mill and other sites across the Valley. This application link is here.









Read the April Paddler








Conservation








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, no cashiers checks and local pick up required






Allagash Wilderness Paddling Trip- July 2021
Click here for more info!
 Trip is full! Contact Chuck if you are interested in being put on  a wait list. Contact info is in the link.

Check out the FW Calendar for camping & paddling trips: August 2021  Adirondack Paddle and Camping Adventure

 

 

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




Check the MESSAGE BOARDS:

Sea Kayaking
Flatwater
Whitewater
Member savings
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Current Activities & Events 




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MPORTANT: 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: 

The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club turns 21 in 2021, watch for  a celebration in 2021!

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club Calendar  New trips posted!



BVPC  Calemdar


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! 
Annual Adirondack Paddle and Camp  


Check for changes or cancellations before
 leaving from work or home

 2021 Flatwater Trips are now online!

There are more trips coming in too!

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.

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:  

2020 Adirondack Paddle and Camping Adventure

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

 

 

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