The HCC Sea Kayak Fleet organizes paddling trips and training for touring and sea kayaks. We typically do 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 2014,we are planning a trip to the Apostle Islands. 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 should 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., Lake Michigan), 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: We will have paddles at Eagle Creek on Tuesday afternoon and evenings from May through the end of September 2013. Look at the Sea Kayak Forum in the Bulletin Board for details. You will need to print the 2013 HCC-Eagle Creek Pass to enter the park with charge. This file is password protected using the password from Dave Ellis- check with Jim Sprandel if you do not remember the password.
Geist Monthly Paddles: From March through November, we have had informal Sunday paddles on Geist Reservoir on the first Sunday of each month. If there is another Sea Kayak event on that date, we slide the paddle back a week. These typically are in the morning to avoid motorboat traffic on Geist but start later early and late in the year so that the air can warm up.
E-Mail List for 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 HCC Bulletin Board and contact Jim Sprandel to be added to the E-Mail list.
Training: In the past years, we have taught several different classes.