Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

HCKC Canoe & Kayak Events Calendar 

Please e-mail Judy Thompson or Brent Saucerman if you have additions or corrections for this schedule.
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Upcoming events

    • November 24, 2018
    • March 30, 2019
    • 19 sessions
    • Thatcher Recreation Center 4649 W. Vermont St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

    HCKC Pool Sessions

    To Sign Up:  Contact Dave Ellis to make sure that some one who you can work with will be there.

    Saturday Pool Session - 10:00 am to Noon  
    From Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
     through Saturday, March 30, 2018

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice paddle strokes, bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    HCKC POOL POLICIES

    • Participants must sign in each session and pay $10.00 per family per session to cover pool rental.
    • Please make certain your boat is clean and free of debris inside and out before bringing it into the pool.
    • First time participants must check-in with the pool coordinator before entering the pool.
    • Participants must be able to swim.
    • Participants must have the ability to self-rescue (wet exit at a minimum). 
    • First time visitors must demonstrate this ability.
    • Participation is restricted to HCKC members and their one-time guests.
    • Participants must maintain control of their boats and equipment at all times.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • There will be no swimming or diving.
    • Participants are expected to be courteous and safety conscious at all times.
    • Indy Park Rules require that no one or their equipment is allowed on the pool deck before the designated start time and that all boats and gear must be removed from the pool deck promptly at the designated end time.

    Pool sessions are held at:

    Thatcher Recreation Center
    4649 W. Vermont St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46222


    • March 23, 2019
    • Summit Lake State Park
    Register

     The Annual Summit Lake Spring Solstice Celebration Trip:
     Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The annual spring paddle at Summit Lake is fast approaching.

     Please come and join this group of hearty paddlers celebrating SPRING !

    Sponsor:  Jim Eckerty rentbsu@comcast.net  

    Schedule:  Launch time: 11:00 AM     From Main Boat Ramp (read on)
    Length: 2-3 hours, 6-8 miles   

    Go / No-Go decision will be made & posted 24 hours prior to launch.

    Registration:  Please register on the club web site or email if necessary.

    Equipment Requirement:   ≥14’ Boat recommended.  Wet or Dry suit and spray skirt STRONGLY recommended.  Appropriate clothing plus Dry clothing in water tight bag.

    Sit on top boats, SUP’s are not appropriate for this trip. 

    Skill Requirement:  Experience with Cold Weather paddling.  Please review Hypothermia Charts, getting wet could be lethal (see chart below).  Many past trips have seen the ice dissipate just days before our arrival and sometimes we have encountered “HARD” water.

    Hypothermia:
    Water Temp          Index              Unconsciousness          Survival Time
    32,5-49 degress   Severe            15-30 minutes           30-90 minutes

    GENERAL:  Rest rooms at the dock/put-it have been open for this trip in the past and we assume they will be available again this year.  Since we are meeting at the main boat ramp (pass the gate house and turn right at the first “T”) you will be able to launch your ship from the concrete ramp or shoreline. This early in the season there should be no gate fee but you will need a 2019 State Park Boat Permit, sometimes available at the park office but I would not depend on that.   We will probably stop about half way a brief lunch.   So dust off your gear and hope for a good day.  

    SUMMIT LAKE:  Summit Lake is the major feature of Indiana's 19th state park. Established in 1988, 800 acre Summit Lake was formed by damming Big Blue River and other smaller tributaries.  Summit Lake is very near the highest point in the state (hence the name Summit) so please be aware that wind and waves can be moderate...1-2 ft depending on the weather so a spray skirt is required.

    Directions:  Summit Lake State park is located northeast of New Castle and southeast of Muncie. From Mt Summit, IN (Highway 3 and 36 intersect here) travel 4 miles east on Highway 36 to Messick Road and then north 1 mile to the park. 


    Getting There:  GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 40.02097, -85.30126 40°1'15"N, 85°18'5"W


    Mailing Address:    Summit Lake State Park   5993 N Messick  Road  New Castle, IN 47362

    • April 06, 2019
    • Big Pine

    Meeting time is 9:30 AM

    at our traditional gathering location, in downtown Pine Village.   

    Please, Don't go to the Putin!

    Go to Pine Village!!!  

    Sometimes we don't know where the Putin will be

    until we meet in Pine Village.  There are several possibilities,

    with the selection based on water levels.

     

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

    There are 3 Meeting Locations:

        In addition to Pine Village, this event has two other Meeting Locations

    available, one in Kokomo and another in Lafayette.  All 3 Locations and Meeting Times are described below:    

    1) The west-side McDonalds in Kokomo, corner of Sycamore Street & Dixon Road. 

        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 33. Enter Kokomo on SR-931

    (avoid the new US-31 By-Pass).  Then, go west on Sycamore Street (first stop light north of Wildcat Creek). Follow Sycamore all the

    way thru the city. The west-side Micky-D's is on the left just before

    the stop light at Dixon Road (2331 W. Sycamore St, Kokomo 46901).
        This is the site of the April Fool's Traditional 
    "Trip Leader's Breakfast",which has been held every year since the beginning in 1978. Muskrat will arrive at 7AM if you would like to eat, sip some coffee,

    and listen to some "Pitifully Old and Raucous River Tales". 
        We will leave from there promptly at 8:00 AM.


    2) The Lafayette east-side McDonalds, on SR-26,

        just west of the Jct of I-65 & SR-26.  (4200 South St, Lafayette 47905)
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31 Be there NO LATER than 8:30AM. The group from Kokomo will arrive at 8:45 and leave ASAP, hopefully

    by 9:00 AM, or as soon as all the potty-stops have been accomplished.


    3) Downtown Pine Village, on SR-26, about 20-miles west of Lafayette. 
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 30, at the Jct of SR-26 & SR-55,

    in beautiful, downtown Pine Village.  The Boat-Laden auto caravan from Kokomo & Lafayette will arrive in Pine Village at, about, around,

    or somewhat after, 9:30 AM. Be there early!!!!!!!

        Park anywhere Downtown. Expect to see Paddler-People wandering around in the middle of the highway. The locals just ignore us.

    They know we're harmless, and that we'll soon be gone.


    • April 06, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Pine Village, Indiana

    Meeting time is 9:30 AM

    at our traditional gathering location, in downtown Pine Village.   

    Please, Don't go to the Putin!

    Go to Pine Village!!!  

    Sometimes we don't know where the Putin will be

    until we meet in Pine Village.  There are several possibilities,

    with the selection based on water levels.

     

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

    There are 3 Meeting Locations:

        In addition to Pine Village, this event has two other Meeting Locations

    available, one in Kokomo and another in Lafayette.  All 3 Locations and Meeting Times are described below:    

    1) The west-side McDonalds in Kokomo, corner of Sycamore Street & Dixon Road. 

        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 33. Enter Kokomo on SR-931

    (avoid the new US-31 By-Pass).  Then, go west on Sycamore Street (first stop light north of Wildcat Creek). Follow Sycamore all the

    way thru the city. The west-side Micky-D's is on the left just before

    the stop light at Dixon Road (2331 W. Sycamore St, Kokomo 46901).
        This is the site of the April Fool's Traditional 
    "Trip Leader's Breakfast",which has been held every year since the beginning in 1978. Muskrat will arrive at 7AM if you would like to eat, sip some coffee,

    and listen to some "Pitifully Old and Raucous River Tales". 
        We will leave from there promptly at 8:00 AM.


    2) The Lafayette east-side McDonalds, on SR-26,

        just west of the Jct of I-65 & SR-26.  (4200 South St, Lafayette 47905)
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 31 Be there NO LATER than 8:30AM. The group from Kokomo will arrive at 8:45 and leave ASAP, hopefully

    by 9:00 AM, or as soon as all the potty-stops have been accomplished.


    3) Downtown Pine Village, on SR-26, about 20-miles west of Lafayette. 
        Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Page 30, at the Jct of SR-26 & SR-55,

    in beautiful, downtown Pine Village.  The Boat-Laden auto caravan from Kokomo & Lafayette will arrive in Pine Village at, about, around,

    or somewhat after, 9:30 AM. Be there early!!!!!!!

        Park anywhere Downtown. Expect to see Paddler-People wandering around in the middle of the highway. The locals just ignore us.

    They know we're harmless, and that we'll soon be gone.


    • April 13, 2019
    • Sand Creek


    • April 26, 2019
    • April 29, 2019
    • Asheville, NC
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    PLEASE CONTACT ROGER FOR REGISTRATION CODE (his contact information is below).  Cost shown for registration is worst case...could be less if the cabin completely fills up (but they always do).  Payment should go directly to Roger.

    This is a trip intended for those who have been curious about all us folks who head south to paddle the whitewater. You feel like you don't have the right experience or the right gear to go on those trips; but you want to. Sniff, sniff, Boo Hoo... Well this trip is intended for you. We will explore some of the beautiful mountain streams in that area that will challenge you a bit, shouldn't scare you, and will give you an entry level taste of what this whitewater paddling stuff is about. You might take a swim, but you won't be risking your life. You will definitely get wet!

    We will stick to easy Class 2 river sections. Clear lines with some waves. There may be some Class 3 features in places, but we can avoid them (or maybe not....heh, heh). In any event, it makes for some beautiful photos. Most of the sections will be 4-6 miles and will only take a few hours. We'll make selections based upon the skill of the weakest paddler and the interest of the group. The intent is to introduce you to a new experience with a minimum of anxiety.

    The rivers in the area I am considering would be:

    Lower Pigeon, Lower Green, Easy sections of the Nantahala, Tuckaseegee Gorge, Little Tennessee. Also, we don't HAVE to paddle every day if the group would prefer to spend a day exploring the area (and it is definitely worth exploring).


    Actual whitewater boats and gear are not required for this trip. But a boat closer to WW is better than one that is strictly a recreational kayak. Crossover types are good (e.g. Jackson Rogue); Pungo's - not so good. 10-11 feet long (or shorter) is a much better choice.

    A skirt is recommended, but not required. If you don't have one you will be wet all the time and dumping a lot. Also, the water will be somewhat chilly - but not freezing. So you should plan for that. We don't stop and change clothes every time we get soaked.

    A helmet is also a really good idea. A hockey helmet will do the job if you don't have one.  PFDs are strictly required as this is a club policy

    Flotation bags are also a good idea. It makes rescueing your boat so much easier if you swim.

    I have rented a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains near Asheville for three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights). It has a deck, hot tub, showers, fireplace, pool table, cable TV, and a full kitchen.

    So we can make our own meals (optional - you can go out if you want to), which keeps the cost down tremendously. $10/day/person is usually more than enough for food - and we will be eating very well. I'll take care of the food planning, and groceries. I only ask for a little help preparing it when needed to speed things along. If 8 people commit to this trip the cost for the cabin and food will be about $135 ($45/day/person). If only 6 people commit (the minimum), it will be $168 ($56/day/person). Ride sharing will further reduce the costs.

    I will need commitments before March 27. That is the last day that I can cancel the cabin reservation without penalty. Once the trip has been confirmed as 'ON', payments will be expected within the next couple of weeks. If you need to cancel later, you be expected to pay your share unless someone else can take your place.

    This trip is open to 8 people total, 2 have committed as of 3/14. It is also being posted on other club websites. I will post in the comments when it is full and closed. If you are interested, DO NOT wait. The last trip like this that I organized filled in three days. You Snooze = You Lose

    Email or call me if you have concerns about you abilities or equipment, or just have questions: (231) 375-7574 or rlstarr@charter.net

    • May 04, 2019
    • Muscatatuck River
    • May 04, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 05, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Belzer, 6102 Boyscout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226

    This is a non-club event.  The local BSA council has an extended an offer to HCKC Members to attend its comprehensive adult canoe training course. The spring course is a two-weekend event that will be held May 4-5, and May 18-19.  An additional kayak training will be held May 25 if enough participants sign up.  The two-weekend course is intended to prepare participants to learn the basics of canoeing, as well as planning and safely executing a canoe trek to the Boundary Waters/Quetico, or other locations.  The course is a combination of on-water and indoor/outdoor classroom.  Food is provided as part of the course fee (Sat. Lunch/Dinner & Sun. Breakfast/Lunch).  Participants may stay at home, or camp at Belzer during the course. Instructors are a combination of ACA Tandem Canoe Instructors, and BSA Instructors.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Adults 18 or older, Proof of swimming ability, BSA health form parts A & B, Liability waiver

    SKILL INSTRUCTION:  Canoe/paddle nomenclature, Canoe strokes and maneuvers, Reading water, Navigation Principles, Portage & carry techniques, Water rescues, Loading & unloading techniques, On water communications, Proper PFD selection & wear

    TRIP PLANNING:  Crew member selection, Proper gear choices (Personal & Crew Equipment), 1st aid recommendations, Map and Compass basics, Knots, Trip planning essentials, Training your team

    For More Information: http://www.voyageurbsa.org/index.html

    Registration is through the BSA.

    CONTACT/REGISTRATION:  David Bardos- Voyageur Course Director, Phone: 317-518-7215, David.Bardos@att.net

    or

    Brent Saucerman-Voyageur Staff Instructor/HCKC Member, Phone: 317-523-8417, Av8rsauce@email.com

    COST: 

    -Early Bird Discount BEFORE April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$ 90, Non-affiliated Adult- $120

    -ON or AFTER April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$100, Non-affiliated Adult-$130     

    ADD ON KAYAK =                 $25

    Partial Scholarships may be available to registered BSA Adult Leaders.

                                  $ 90

    Non-affiliated Adult                                   $120

    ON or AFTER April 15th

    Registered BSA Adult                                $100

    Non-affiliated Adult                                  $130     

    ADD ON KAYAK = $25


    • May 11, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    Since we now have multiple ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction and we will announce focus areas for each of these sessions so paddles with Intermediate skills can choose what they want to home.

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring, WW, or sea kayak.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.  

    Note:  We will pick a focus area for each of the 3 Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class will have different content.   We will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list and updated here in the April Mailing as well as appearing in the May newsletter.

    Topics that we may cover are listed below:

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    • Bow and stern rudders
    • Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    • Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control such as linked stroked

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you..

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • May 18, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 19, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Camp Belzer, 6102 Boyscout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226

    This is a non-club event.  The local BSA council has an extended an offer to HCKC Members to attend its comprehensive adult canoe training course. The spring course is a two-weekend event that will be held May 4-5, and May 18-19.  An additional kayak training will be held May 25 if enough participants sign up.  The two-weekend course is intended to prepare participants to learn the basics of canoeing, as well as planning and safely executing a canoe trek to the Boundary Waters/Quetico, or other locations.  The course is a combination of on-water and indoor/outdoor classroom.  Food is provided as part of the course fee (Sat. Lunch/Dinner & Sun. Breakfast/Lunch).  Participants may stay at home, or camp at Belzer during the course. Instructors are a combination of ACA Tandem Canoe Instructors, and BSA Instructors.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Adults 18 or older, Proof of swimming ability, BSA health form parts A & B, Liability waiver

    SKILL INSTRUCTION:  Canoe/paddle nomenclature, Canoe strokes and maneuvers, Reading water, Navigation Principles, Portage & carry techniques, Water rescues, Loading & unloading techniques, On water communications, Proper PFD selection & wear

    TRIP PLANNING:  Crew member selection, Proper gear choices (Personal & Crew Equipment), 1st aid recommendations, Map and Compass basics, Knots, Trip planning essentials, Training your team

    For More Information: http://www.voyageurbsa.org/index.html

    Registration is through the BSA.

    CONTACT/REGISTRATION:  David Bardos- Voyageur Course Director, Phone: 317-518-7215, David.Bardos@att.net

    or

    Brent Saucerman-Voyageur Staff Instructor/HCKC Member, Phone: 317-523-8417, Av8rsauce@email.com

    COST: 

    -Early Bird Discount BEFORE April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$ 90, Non-affiliated Adult- $120

    -ON or AFTER April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$100, Non-affiliated Adult-$130     

    ADD ON KAYAK =                 $25

    Partial Scholarships may be available to registered BSA Adult Leaders.

                                  $ 90

    Non-affiliated Adult                                   $120

    ON or AFTER April 15th

    Registered BSA Adult                                $100

    Non-affiliated Adult                                  $130     

    ADD ON KAYAK = $25


    • May 25, 2019
    • Wildcat Creek


    • June 01, 2019
    • Fall Creek


    • June 02, 2019
    • June 04, 2019
    • Turle Flambeau Flowage, WI


    • July 20, 2019
    • Cunot PAS, Cunot Indiana
    Register

    ((Preliminary Trip Information based on 2018 Announcement - Watch the July Newsletter for Final Trip Information.))

    Trip Sponsor:  Wally Burchfield

        Want to see the largest water falls in Indiana and paddle under the full moonlight? Here's your chance! This is a fun paddle and is open to most experience levels. Paddler must be able to paddle 8 miles round trip. These are head waters so this is a paddle rather than a float - there is no current but we will paddle at a moderate rate.  The speed of motor boats in this area of the lake is restricted so we should not have any problems with boat wake.

        We will meet up at the Cunot boat ramp at 6PM and launch by 6:30PM.  The put-in is about 90 minutes from where I70 and I465 meet on the west side of Indianapolis. Take I70 west from Indianapolis to Exit 37 (SR243 which is one exit past Cloverdale). Travel south on SR 243 until the road dead ends at SR 42. Turn right (west) on SR42 – drive about ½ mile past the bridge and take the right turn (Boat Dock Rd, small store on corner). Follow this road downhill to boat launch.  

        You are required to have a PFD, a good light source such as headlamp or flashlight  and a $5 2018 DNR non motorized boat sticker on your boat . Boat stickers  can be purchased online at http://stores.innsgifts.com/2014-state-park-permits/ or at any state park. Keep in mind if ordering off the website, it'll take about a week for them to ship it to you.


    • July 20, 2019
    • Medora-Sparksville


    • July 20, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    Since we now have multiple ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction and we will announce focus areas for each of these sessions so paddles with Intermediate skills can choose what they want to home.

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring, WW, or sea kayak.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.  

    Note:  We will pick a focus area for each of the 3 Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class will have different content.   We will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list and updated here in the April Mailing as well as appearing in the May newsletter.

    Topics that we may cover are listed below:

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    • Bow and stern rudders
    • Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    • Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control such as linked stroked

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you..

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • August 02, 2019
    • August 04, 2019


    • August 24, 2019
    • Western Ohio
    • August 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    Since we now have multiple ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction and we will announce focus areas for each of these sessions so paddles with Intermediate skills can choose what they want to home.

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring, WW, or sea kayak.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.   Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.  

    Note:  We will pick a focus area for each of the 3 Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class will have different content.   We will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list and updated here in the April Mailing as well as appearing in the May newsletter.

    Topics that we may cover are listed below:

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    • Bow and stern rudders
    • Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    • Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control such as linked stroked

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you..

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • October 18, 2019
    • October 20, 2019
    • Grayson Lake, KY

Past events

March 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
March 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
March 02, 2019 CK-Ice Falls Trip (Dwayne James)
February 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
February 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 26, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 06, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 01, 2019 NEW YEARS DAY PADDLE
November 10, 2018 HCKC Annual Meeting
October 27, 2018 All: Eagle Creek Shore-Line Clean-Up
October 20, 2018 Pirate Paddle and Party!
October 13, 2018 FW: Raccoon Creek Covered Bridge Festival Weekend
September 16, 2018 FW: White River
September 02, 2018 FW: Wabash
August 25, 2018 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
August 19, 2018 Raccoon Creek Clean Up
August 18, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
August 11, 2018 FW: Hindostan Falls, E. Fork White River
August 03, 2018 Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous
July 29, 2018 FW/SK: Summit Lake Day Paddle
July 28, 2018 Introductory Tandem Canoe Skills Class
July 28, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic (July)
July 21, 2018 FW: East Fork White River
July 14, 2018 CANCELED DUE TO LOW WATER Green River, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
July 10, 2018 Eagle Creek Tuesday Evening Paddles
June 30, 2018 ALL: 4th of July Trip on the Youghiogheny
June 23, 2018 CANCELED DUE TO STORMS 300 Springs, Green River, Kentucky
June 23, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 17, 2018 Canceled due to high heat HCKC Boat Demo and Open House
June 16, 2018 (copy) Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
June 09, 2018 NOT HCKC EVENT - Guides needed for Festival Canoe Rides
June 09, 2018 Volunteers need for HCKC booth at Outdoor Explore in Lafayette
June 02, 2018 FW: Driftwood
May 26, 2018 Save the Boundary Waters, Holliday Park Presentation, Book signings
May 26, 2018 FW: Holiday Weekend on Wildcat Creek
May 26, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
May 05, 2018 FW/WW: Fall Creek Clean Up
May 05, 2018 McCloud Nature Park 15th Anniversary Paddle
April 22, 2018 Fall Creek
April 21, 2018 FW: Sand Creek
March 31, 2018 March 31 Ice Falls Trip (Canceled)
March 25, 2018 Fall Creek Snow paddle
March 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 18, 2018 Goose Pond Birding Exploration Paddle
March 17, 2018 FW/SK: Annual Summit Lake Spring Solstice Celebration Trip
March 09, 2018 Canoecopia
March 04, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 03, 2018 FW/WW: Ice Falls Trip March 3 2018 (Canceled)
February 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
February 17, 2018 CPR/AED/Wilderness First Aid Class
February 16, 2018 National Paddling Film Festival
February 03, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
January 21, 2018 Trip Planning Meeting
January 01, 2018 Canceled: New Year's Day Paddle
November 11, 2017 HCKC Annual Member Meeting
November 05, 2017 Mississinewa Seven Pillars
October 21, 2017 Raccoon Creek Covered Bridge Festival
October 14, 2017 Blue River
October 07, 2017 Hindostan Falls, East Fork of White River
October 07, 2017 FW/SK: Eagle Creek Full Moon Paddle
September 30, 2017 Eagle Creek Clean-Up
September 30, 2017 ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue Class
September 23, 2017 White River to Bonge's Tavern
September 22, 2017 Michigan Paddlers Rendezvous
August 26, 2017 Wabash River
August 26, 2017 Go Girl Triathlon
August 19, 2017 Solar Eclipse Paddle Expedition
August 19, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
August 19, 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
August 04, 2017 Indiana Paddlers Rendezvous
July 16, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
July 15, 2017 East Fork of the White River CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER
July 15, 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
July 08, 2017 HCKC Open House CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER
July 08, 2017 FW/SK: Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
June 27, 2017 Fly Fishing 101
June 24, 2017 300 Springs, Green River
June 24, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 17, 2017 Driftwood River
June 10, 2017 Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon
May 20, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
May 19, 2017 FW/SK: CincyPaddler Grayson Lake Trip
May 13, 2017 Fall Creek
May 06, 2017 Muscatatuck Rendezvous
April 29, 2017 Big Walnut
April 22, 2017 Cincy Paddlers Annual Spring Swap Meet
April 15, 2017 FW/SK: Westwood Lake Paddle
April 08, 2017 Sand Creek
April 01, 2017 April Fools on Big Pine 40th Anniversary Paddle
March 29, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Chicago, IL
March 23, 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Tour: Dayton OH
March 19, 2017 FW/SK: Summit Lake First of Spring Paddle
March 10, 2017 All: Canoecopia
March 05, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
February 18, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
January 21, 2017 Trip Planning Meeting
December 31, 2016 New Years Eve Day Paddle on Fall Creek
November 12, 2016 HCKC Annual Meeting and Dinner
Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

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