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Clamming in Bissell Cove- Photo by Cheryl Thompson



Off Season Brings new  dangers with fallen trees across rivers




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Annual RICKA memberships expired on March 31, 2014.  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!



The Kayak Centre, Wickford is offering a free "stroke tune up" clinic on Sat, 4/19 from 10am - 2pm. They can accommodate a maximum of 8 paddlers. You have to call in to reserve a spot. As of Tuesday afternoon, they had 7 slots left. More details at the following link: http://www.kayakcentre.com/Navigation.htm




Vendor of the Week : Claudes 



Weekly featured Watershed:  


North & South River Watershed Associations 

RICKA Interview with NSRWA Samantha Woods



Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Interested in a half-day, narrated kayak tour of the wetlands and 'flatwater' wilderness conservation area in Cumberland, Lincoln and (believe it or not) Central Falls.  It's easy enough for the novice, but has many points of interest, including historic sites and wildlife click here

Lots of great information in this month's "Paddler"  – get all the details in the April Newsletter !

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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
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Lots of great information in this month's Newsletter – get all the details in the March Newsletter  now!










6/28 RICKA will be holding the ACA training course Essentials of Kayak Touring. This is a full-day course designed to teach paddlers with flatwater experience to safely enjoy the tidal and ocean environment. Students will learn skills required for a RICKA Level 2 sea kayak trip. Click here to register





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

Hot News:

How to Install Kayak Footbraces

The Group Paddle

Feeling their Oats

How to put on a Drysuit


4/28 RICKA April Meeting- Author Constant Waterman

 Trip Planning and Leading Trips, click here...    




The Greater Tiverton Community Chorus'  spring concert is 4/25-4/27 www.gtcchorus.org.
The concert is a fund raiser for two agencies that work very hard to promote the health of the water that surrounds us. The Westport River Watershed Alliance & the Nature Conservancy.
This water-themed concert, includes a special tribute to Pete Seeger, who championed the cause of clean water,  through his program on the Hudson River.


Pete Seeger leaves a Legacy of Activism



RICKA has a  new no- hassle library service for members! More...... 



Dam Releases -Erik

Cold Water Protection

Layering for Cold Water Boating

A Cold Weather Caution


USGS - streamgages

Paddling around RI

How to signal  for help

The RI Blueways Alliance has created 20 full-color paddle trail maps,  Free download.

Get on the River- Self Guided Tours of the Blackstone River

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


There's an App for that!

Launch Sites
App by Paddling.net
Take Me Fishing App
boat ramps


RI  Freshwater Ramps
Public Access - RI coast
MA  Boating access
CT State Boat Ramps  

How is a paddling PFD different.

Kayaking 101

Canoe & Kayak buying guide
Choosing the right paddle

Boat Materials
 Paddling Basics Kayak
Paddling Basics

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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








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




Check out our vendor:
The Blackstone Valley Outfitters.

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club Calendar

End of season, see you on the water May 2014

Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home


Flatwater Calendar

April 19th Bungay River

April 26th Pawcatuck River

April 27th Seal Watch Paddle

May 3rd- Whitehall Reservoir

May 10th
Great Swamp

Cape Cod paddling week

RICKA is going to Maine

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.

At the take out, please do not leave the parking lot until the trip coordinator has taken a final head count. 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:


4/12/14 Sea Kayak Potluck Paddle & Planning Meeting
Join the sea kayakers for their annual spring gathering. The day will start with a 10:00 a.m. paddle (location TBD). The paddle will be followed by a Potluck Supper and Planning Meeting hosted by Carleen McOsker at 75 Drift Road in Westport at 3:00 p.m. If you cannot participate in the paddle, please come to
the Potluck Planning Meeting.

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



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.

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

READ THE MINUTES of the most recent Executive Committee meeting


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



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:
Glass boats 6% off normal retail; plastic boats 10% off normal retail; accessories with boat purchase 15% off,10% off all other times for RICKA members. 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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