Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

The HCKC Sea Kayak Fleet organizes paddling trips and training for touring and sea kayaks.   We often do overnight or extended trips on Indiana lakes as well as the Great Lake and Atlantic Ocean.   However, we also try to have at least one day trip to a nearby lake every month.  In 2017, we took trips to South Carolina, the Chesapeake Bay, the Apostle Islands (Lake Superior), and Sleeping Bear Dunes (Lake Michigan).    So far in 2018, we have been to South Carolina and we have trips coming up to Lake Champlain in Vermont/New York, the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, and South Manitou Island near Sleeping Bear Dunes in Lake Michigan.   We will revisit Grayson Lake this fall since that it usually a spectacular trip.    Click here to view a complete HCKC Sea Kayak Calendar

Think about sponsoring a trip.   If you haven't led a trip before, email or call one of the Sea Kayak co-chairs and we would be glad to work with you on your first trip.  We published a Sea Kayak Trip Sponsor's Guide this year to help you learn the ropes.

Anyone with a touring kayak or sea kayak is welcome to join us.  

Trip Requirements:

  • On all trips, paddlers must wear their life jackets at all times while paddling
  • Before joining a trip, paddlers must know how to wet exit from their kayaks.
  • For most trips, we pick locations where paddlers must wear spray skirts and must have fore and aft flotation (either sealed hatches or flotation bags).  
  • For "bigger water" trips (e.g., Great Lakes, Monroe, or the Atlantic), we may require that you have a sea kayak (>15 feet) and that you have participated in a open water rescue clinic before coming.  
  • For advanced trips, we may require participants to have a combat roll and big water experience.

Lake Fontana - 5-2016Eagle Creek Evening Paddles:  In 2018, we are planning to have paddles at Eagle Creek on Tuesday afternoons and evenings from May through the end of September.  Watch the May newsletter for details.

E-Mail List for Sea Kayaking 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.   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 Classes - 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.   Check the Pool Training Page for information.   

Contact Information:  For more information, contact the HCKC Sea Kayak Co-Chairs  Jim Sprandel or Linda Decker.

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