HCKC Sea Kayak Fleet

The HCKC Sea Kayak Fleet organizes paddling trips and training for touring and sea kayaks.   We often do trips or overnight trips on Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan but we also try to have at least one day trip to a nearby lake every month.  In 2016, we are planning a trip to Nova Scotia, the Apostle Islands, South Carolina, Lake Fontana, and Lake Erie.   Click on the schedule in the left-hand menu to see this year's trips.

Anyone with a touring kayak or sea kayak is welcome to join us.  For most trips, we pick locations where paddlers must wear spray skirts and should have fore and aft flotation (either sealed hatches or flotation bags).  On all trips, paddlers must know how to wet exit from their kayaks.   For trips on "bigger water" (e.g., Great Lakes, Monroe, or the Atlantic), we may require that you have a sea kayak and that you have participated in a open water rescue clinic before coming on the trip.
Eagle Creek Evening Paddles:  In 2016, we will probably have paddles at Eagle Creek on Tuesday afternoon again and evenings from May through the end of September.  Watch the May newsletter for details.

E-Mail List for Sea Kayaking/Touring News and Spontaneous Trips:  In addition to scheduled events, we have spontaneous events on some week ends.  We use the Bulletin Board and a Google E-mail list (IND_TOURING_KAYAKS) to let people know about upcoming events.  We also use this list to remind people of upcoming sea kayak events and to discuss touring questions.   Watch the Sea Kayak Section of the HCKC Bulletin Board and contact Jim Sprandel to be added to the E-Mail list.  

Training: This year we are planning the following classes. 
  • Intro to Paddling Class - this is a 4- to 6-hour class for new paddlers that covers paddling equipment, safety issues, and how to do your basic kayak strokes (forward, reverse, sideways, stop) correctly.  This provides a good foundation for new paddlers.   
  • Open Water Rescue Clinic - Everyone paddling lakes is encouraged to join us in this clinic every year.   This is a chance to learn or practice solo and assisted reentries that you need on open water (when you can't easily drag your boat to the bank).  This is necessary for experienced paddlers as well as newer ones since these skills have to be sharp when you get in a situation where they are needed.
  • Intermediate Paddling Class - We will have an ACA Level 3 Stroke Refinement Class - this class is intended for paddlers with at least one-year experience since taking an Introductory class. This class will hone your turning skills, your forward stroke, and teach you maneuvers that you will need for handling big water conditions.
  • Rolling - Rolling is the safest and fastest form of Open Water Rescue.   Learning to roll is highly individual and I would encourage you to go to the pool to learn to roll.   It took me 3 weeks before I executed my first roll - some people are slower and some are faster.   At the pool, you work one-on-one with a coach to learn this critical open water skill.  Check the Bulletin Board for current Pool information.
Contact Information:  For more information, e-mail either  Jim Sprandel.