A Summer Classic: Kayaking

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:45am

Beginners Guide: Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Be smart, be safe.
Have fun; don’t be annoying!
Practice defensive paddling.
Never assume that a power boat can see you.
Avoid high traffic areas when possible proceed with caution when you can’t.
Be aware of factors like fog and glare that make it more difficult for you to be seen.
You must have a life jacket (PFD) on your kayak.  All children 16 and under must wear a life jacket at all times.

While there are some situations where the kayaker has the right-of-way, you cannot assume that other boaters are able to see you or even know the rules. In narrow channels stay to the right, as close to shore as possible, and do not impede vessels that must use the marked channels to travel safely. Boats entering waterways from slips or marinas will not see you, exercise caution in those situations.

  • Don’t stand up in a kayak.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or while operating a kayak.
  • Alcohol affects balance, coordination, and judgement.
  • If you paddle out solo, tell someone before you go. 
  • Be specific about where you plan to go and when you will be back.
  • Be sure to report back in when you return.
  • Know the conditions before you set out.
  • Always paddle within your abilities.
  • In general, kayaking on the Great Salt Pond is safe and fun. Just be smart.



Don’t miss out on these summer highlights:



Silent Sunrise Kayaking

ur but many have never experienced the absolute beauty of sunrise kayaking. Yes,it’s early — especially for vacation — but there is nothing quite like gliding silently onto the water while daylight breaks and the day begins. Even the biggest non-morning people are always grateful they dragged themselves out of bed to witness the sounds and colors of early morning kayaking. In addition to witnessing the sunrise, this time offers one of the best chances for viewing birds. Another highlight is simply paddling through the quiet mooring field, silently, while the boaters sleep. During peak summer craziness, this is also a great way to beat the crowds and summer heat. Birdwatching opportunities change throughout the season; my personal favorite is low tide after mid-July when shorebird migration has begun. Both tours and rental kayaks are available upon request.



Fun Friday Program

Kayaks  was started when my son was 6 years old and just starting to kayak. Keeping mostly to the shallow waters of Harbor and Trim’s ponds and around Rat Island, we practiced our paddle skills, speed, and mobility. This quickly turned into a favorite tour for friends and family, and then the general public. My intern that year created fun eco-based games and held team kayak races in these inner ponds which are, for the most part, protected by the winds and excessive motor boat activity.  As the kayak skills improved, we ventured north to explore more of the harbor and its shorelines — thus creating the Fun Friday Program.  In a nutshell, this program is for those who have graduated from the Kids in Kayaks program and are ready and willing to take on a bigger kayak adventure.
The program always starts early in the morning at the launch site located on the BIMI property. Participants are required to gather their own equipment (boat, PFD’s, and paddle), supplies (snacks, sunscreen, water, snorkel gear) and pack their own boats. We factor in the weather, wind speed and direction then choose our destination(s). The waters of the Great Salt Pond are pristine and offer many nooks and crannies to explore, with places to stop to snorkel or swim. A mixture of kayaking and eco-education, this program’s mission is to get kids together on the water and challenge them in a meaningful, fun adventure. This summer the program will be led by intern Sierra who will bring her amazing energy and sense of adventure to this program.