Friday, April 30, 2010

Event - PaddleSmart in NY Harbor

Copied from a recent post on NYC Kayaker - this sounds like a really excellent event. I always thought that if I had a lot more free time, I would approach some of our Coast Guard auxiliary friends from the club next door about developing some sort of safety class specifically focused on paddling in our heavily trafficked urban area. Looks like the Power Squadron has done just that - thanks to them, NYC Water Trail Associaation & NYRiverSports for offering this!

Oh, and this reminds me that that city council hearing I couldn't make is going on right now. I hope it's a good meeting.
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The New York City Water Trail Association andNYRiverSports/pier66nyc.orginvite you to join us for:Paddle Smart in the NY Harborpresented by the North River Power Squadron(www.NorthRiversquadron.orghttp://www.northriversquadron.org/)

We won’t be covering any paddling or rowing technique or skills because weknow that excellent sources for that training already exist throughout the area.

Instead we will be focusing on topics that address how we, as human-powered boaters, operate as mariners in a shared harborAs the boating season gets underway, now is the perfect time to learn or refresh your knowledge of:- Aids to Navigation- Rules of the Road- Marine Radio Use- Assessing the weather- Nautical Charts- How to read the Hudson River.

Date: Thursday, May 13
Time: 7:30pm
Locations: Pier 66 Boathouse classroom (for directions seewww.pier66nyc.org/directions.html)

The event is free and open to the public.

Feel free to bring friends and refreshments to share!

For more information contact info@nycwatertrail.org

We look forward to seeing you there.

2 comments:

cowboygrrl said...

This is a great idea. Wish they'd something like that here. The SF Bay is huge and busy!

bonnie said...

I think about SF Bay, when the commercial types get to talking about controlling recreational boating. Is there ever anything like that there, or is recreational boating such an established & accepted part of the mix that it's never questioned?

Our difference here is that the harbor was so polluted for so long that recreational boating really wasn't done by a lot of people. The improvement in the water quality has made it appealing for a while - so the professional mariners who had the place to themselves for so long aren't happy with sharing.

I think stuff like this is a much more positive reaction to the changing mix than trying to get the Coast Guard to mark out "no recreation" areas.