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The Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club is one of the largest and most active paddling clubs in the United States. We offer training, trips, socials, and opportunities to improve and enhance our local rivers.

Introduction to recreational kayaking

Are you interested in learning how to paddle a kayak? Have you been paddling a while and would like to improve your skill set and become a better more efficient paddler? Would you like to learn basic rescue techniques and how to plan a safe and enjoyable trip on lakes, ponds and easy rivers? How do I know what to wear? The Lehigh Valley Kayak and Canoe Club will be offering an introduction to recreational kayak paddling class that will answer these questions and many others. With practical, easy to understand presentations and hands on lessons our instructors will guide you through the basics to get you ready for an adventure that will last a life time. The three day class will be offered at beautiful Leaser Lake near Kempton Pennsylvania. The dates of the class are June 3rd,4th, and 10th. The cost of the class is $60 per person. The class is taught by American Canoe Association certified instructors. If you have your own equipment, bring it! We can help you evaluate what you have and make suggestions about what you might want to get to improve it. For those of you who are not sure what you need, we have a limited number of kayaks and basic equipment that you can use for the class. We can even transport it for you! If this sounds like fun and something you would be interested in, contact lead instructor Dan Rempp at danrempp@gmail.com for an application or for more information. This class fills up quickly so don’t delay!

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Tuckahoe Tours 
LVKCC 2023 Spring Trip


May 19-22, 2023

It’s time to make plans for our spring kayaking weekend. We’ll be paddling the creeks and rivers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Our base will be Tuckahoe State Park, and the campsites need to be booked immediately.

We’ll be paddling from Friday, May 19, to Monday, May 22. There are campsites and a few basic cabins available for the full weekend, but they are being snatched up already. To make sure you have one, go here to book: https://parkreservations.maryland.gov/. When you book your site, make sure you select Tuckahoe in the park drop-down list. You’ll find tabs to select a campsite or a cabin (under lodging) across the top of the page. Plug in the dates – Friday, May 19, to Monday, May 22 – and select your site.

Paddlers will be responsible for making their own reservations. Talk to your camping buddies and double up on the sites. This is a state park campground and the sites are not cramped. Two vehicles and six people are allowed on each site.

We’ll do our Friday warm-up paddle on Lake Tuckahoe in the park. Saturday and Sunday, paddles will be scheduled on the nearby creeks and rivers. There will be a mix of nature paddles on well-protected creeks and distance, open water events. At one end of the scale, a trip on bucolic Tuckahoe Creek should satisfy the nature nerds. A 15-mile paddle across the wide, lower end of the Chester River and around Eastern Neck will offer a good challenge for the voyage-minded. Between the two extremes will be a trip to the quiet waters around Wye Island.

The club has booked a large pavilion at the park for Friday. We’ll do sign-ups there Friday morning starting at 10 a.m. and get together again for a cookout Friday evening.

Once you have a site booked, please send an email to Dave Dawson, dl-dawson@rcn.com with your name and phone number, your campsite number, and the boat you’ll be paddling. Also include the names and email addresses of anyone who will be sharing the site with you. If you cannot find a site and want to share one with another paddler, send Dave a note. Several campers have booked sites they are willing to share.

We’ll figure out all the nitty gritty details in the spring. But for now, you need to reserve your space.

Introduction to Moving Water

Lead Instructors:

  • Scott Douglas – ACA L4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructor, L2 Moving Water Kayaking Instructor Trainer, 45 years paddling experience.
  • Pat Beltz – ACA L2 Moving Water Kayak Instructor, 12 years paddling experience
  • JC Rankin – ACA L2 Moving Water Kayak Instructor, 12 years paddling experience
  • Chad Rankin – ACA L2 Moving Water Kayak Instructor, 12 years paddling experience
  • Josh Smith – ACA L4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructor, 9 years paddling experience

Information:

  • Cost: $200pp
  • Contact Person: JC Rankin
  • Class Dates: January 21 – March 11, 2023
  • Class Times: 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM
  • Class Limit: 16
  • Location: Rodale Pool, Cedar Crest College, Allentown
  • More Information and application: petvetjace@comcast.net

Class Description:

This class is a 16-week progression that is designed for anyone who wishes to learn to kayak on rivers from Class I to Class III.  The first part (pool class) is on Saturdays from 8:45 to 12:45 from January 21 – March 11, 2022.  Each session is four hours divided equally between classroom and pool.  No previous experience is necessary, please contact us for essential eligibility criteria.  Topics such as boats, gear, clothing, paddle strokes, river features, knots, river safety, fitness, edging, bracing, assisted and self rescues, and rolling will be covered.  The second part (Beginner River Series), consists of 8 trips on various sections of the Lehigh River, progressing in difficulty, to be held on Saturdays or Sundays from April to July. The focus of these trips is hands-on experience in moving water learning eddy turns, ferrying, edging, bracing, river reading, and self-rescue.  

In Memoriam: Bob Rock 1949-2021

Past President of the LVKCC

Friends and Family Celebrate the life of Bob Rock at LOC November 20, 2021