no paddling partner options?
Posted by: old_user on Apr-05-10 12:07 PM (EST)
North Carolina is a paddler's paradise. There are meetup groups & yahoo groups which are paddling-centric. Adventure groups which include kayaking. Paddling clubs which can help her w. paddling skills as most offer skill sessions, esp. early in season.
NC Outfitters who offer classes before guided trips. She can learn, try different boats, and paddle new venues. Someday she might want to do protected ocean paddling, or lakes. A great outfitter/guide can expand her paddling horizon beyond the usual river stretch while serving as support and backup as she learns.
And of course learn to swim.
The case for not paddling solo is pretty well made. As pointed out by a few capable women paddlersin the thread, it is not a "ladies" issue, it is a skills and judgement issue.
As to either - She's not ready, but she can get ready if she is as dedicated to paddling as it seems. It'll be fun and open up so many more avenues to get on the water.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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