New York requires life jackets

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York has become the first state to require life jackets for everyone in all small pleasure craft during the six coldest months of the year, when capsized boaters drown faster in chilly water.

Starting Nov. 1, kayakers, canoeists and all those aboard motorboats under 21 feet must wear Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices while on lakes, the ocean or other waterways.

The rule remains in effect through May 1. Violators will face fines ranging from $25 to $100.

Falling into cold water can trigger shock, disorientation or gasping and inhaling water. Immersion can lead to hypothermia and passing out.

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Is your Hydration Bladder Empty

Hydration packs are great, and you will drink more water. But be careful you are not empty!

Always carry a separate container of water. You cannot see how much water is left in the bladder and they can leak/break.

Greenland Paddle Making Class

Learn to build your own Greenland Paddle October 18th Sunday, in Brooklyn NY hosted by Sebago Canoe Club.
For more information about paddle making classes visit the Tuktu Paddles web site.
http://tuktupaddles.com/paddlemaking.html

ACA National Paddlesport Conference

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting ACA will hold its First National Paddlesports Conference October 23-25 in Fredericksberg, VA. This is a combination of the National Instructor Conference held last year with a new feature: the Clubs Rendezvous! Starting with the Paddle America Club Social at 7:00 on 10/22 there will be a full schedule of Instructor and Club oriented training and forum sessions including paddling opportunities on the nearby Rappahanock River. Be sure to check out the special pre-conference training sessions offered on October 20 – 22. Save these dates and watch the ACA website for additions and updates to the schedule!

NACK Peer & Demo Team Practices

Peer practices offer opportunity for members to practice skills with assistance from other members. Demo team members practice skills in order to prepare for presentations at Outreach Events. Both groups are scheduled to practice together on evenings and weekends this fall. Times and locations vary as daylight wanes, consult our fall schedule for details. Practices are subject to cancellation if attendance is low, call Ann to confirm your interest on specific dates.

ACA Joe Pina Award goes to Elizabeth O’Connor

We are proud to announce that Elizabeth O’Connor, NACK’s Director of Training has won the 2008 Joe Pina Award for exceptional volunteer effort on a regional and national level from the American Canoe Association. Elizabeth received the award at this year’s Annual Meeting in recognition of her extensive efforts in public outreach through NACK, the Long Island Paddle Sport Symposium, Atlantic Division Training activities, American Red Cross Kayak Instructor Training programs, development of the first NYS Paddle Craft Safety Check program and service on a number of local safety boards and water trails. Her efforts are awesome and an inspiration to us all!!!

Robins Island

Heading for the North side

Heading for the North side

Recently five NACK paddlers set out on a trip to paddle aroung Robins Island in peconic Bay.  The Island is noted for it’s strong currents, especially the south race.