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BVPC on the Quinsigamond River on 5/24/16 - Photo by Cheryl Thompson

Paying It Forward with Julie Riendeau from the BVPC


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! 

 

 


Trainings

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 :  

 

  Billington Sea Kayak Plymouth MA  

 

 

 


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:

 

Neponset River Watershed Association

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


The
May 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
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Wearing Orange on State Land 4/16 to 5/31




Strainer Survival
 







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








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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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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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

 

 

BVPC: 

Check out our vendor:
The Blackstone Valley Outfitters.

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


May 31st Lacky Dam-
June 7th Nipmuc River
June 14th Ramger night  River Bend 
June 21st Chocolateville
June 28th Seekonk River

July 5th Whitehall Reservoir


Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home

 

 


 



Flatwater: 



 
Click for the Flatwater Calendar!  2016!

 
Check for changes or cancellations before
 leaving from work or home


July 10th Flatwater Training and Rescues

May 28th Cake on the Snake cancelled
May 29th Wood River RT 165

June 4th Assabet River
June 5th Nemasket River

June 10th Overnight at Seldon Neck Island and/or Gillette Castle Campsite
Trip Update: We were able to get the Gillette Castle campsite for Saturday evening, so this trip can include one or two nights at $5.00 per night, per person. people can sign up for either or both nights. Please specify which night when you RSVP to Jim.
 

June 12th Alton to Bradford
June 18th Charles River Mefield to Natick
June 19th Slocum River- joint FW and Sea Kayak paddle

June 20th Lincoln Woods Meeting on the Water plus demonstrations.

June 26th Mystic Seaport

June 25th to July 2nd Cape Cod Week

July 4th -Pawcatuck River

 

 

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.

JUNE TRIPS  

Sea Kayak Calendar


  Saturday, June 4
    Westport, Ma.
    Gooseberry Point,10:00 am   launch
     Level 3-4
    


 Sunday, June 5
    Jamestown, R.I.
       Fort Weatherill 10:00 am launch
       Level 3
       


  Saturday, June 11
      Jamestown, R.I.
          Fort Wetherill- 10 am launch
           Level 3
          

  Sunday, June 12
         Newport, R.I.
         King's Beach, 10:00 am launch
         Level 3
   NB.  This paddle is designed as a CRUISE of RI's magnificent Newport coast NOT a Typical Rock Gardening 
Trip. 



        As in all trips,check the weather and our Sea Kayak Message Board for any changes. and as a reminder for this trip and all Level 3 trips, bring Your Helmet please.
         Coordinator Gary Branch

          GPBranch@Verizon.net


  Saturday, June 18
         Wickford, R.I.
          Wilson Park, 10:00 am launch
           Level 2
           Coordinator -Rich Coupland

             RLCoupland@msn.com


  SUNDAY, June 19 - ANNUAL Joint Paddle-
        Flat Water and Sea Kayak
           So. Dartmouth, Ma.
            SLOCUM RIVER
            Russell's Mills boat Launch 10:00 am Launch
             Level 2
              Coordinators
            Cheryl Thompson - stonefoxfarm@juno.com
            Carleen McOsker-  carleenmco@gmail.com


   Saturday, June 25
           Jamestown, R.I.
             Fort Wetherill-  Launch time 10:00 am
             Level 3 
              Coordinator - Gary Branch
             GPBranch@ Verizon.net


    Sunday, June 26
              Bristol,R.I.
              Independence Park Boat Launch time -9:00am 
              Level 2-3
               Coordinator Brenda Rashleigh
                vtbren@gmail.com

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.  

 

 


F.Y.I.

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

Outdoorplay.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

CrossFitRhody:
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



 

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