The EMU Paddle Club goal is to teach kayaking skills to students and the local community. Members learn paddling skills that include; water safety, wet exit, rolling, boating etiquette, rescue, and equipment standards.
The EMU Paddle Club meets 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on cold weather Sundays at Jones Pool in the EMU Rec Center. Paddlers can bring their own kayaking equipment or use the club kayaks and gear.
The cost is $10, pay at the front desk and bring your receipt to the pool and sign the attendance sheet. Student members pay a reduced rate by the semester.
Regardless of skill level, all new attendees must swim one width of the pool, and demonstrate a wet exit. All attendees must help with removing lane lines at the beginning of the pool session and putting the lane lines back at the end of the session. If you decide to bring your own boat, bring clean whitewater kayaks to the pool through the corridor between the men’s and women’s locker room. There are only 10 club boats available and sometimes all of the club boats are in use.
Clean sea kayaks can be brought in through the back pool door at 3:00 p.m. only. Kayaks can be removed only between 4:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.. Sea kayakers should meet in the Snow parking lot at 2:30 p.m. and assist each other in carrying their boats to the back door. After that, they should go around to the front desk, register and pay the fee, kayaks will be brought in as group from inside the pool at 3:00 pm. If you arrive late or want to leave early, you can use a club boat. No driving or parking is permitted behind the pool.
All children under the age of 12 must have an adult actively supervising them within 8′ at all times. Teens age 12-17 must have a parent present at the pool.
Check our RKC calendar for dates for the Sunday pool sessions.
For more information email: EMU-Paddlers@YahooGroups.com and mention your kayaking experience.
The WMCKA Symposium takes place every Memorial Day weekend on Big Blue Lake about 20 miles north of Muskegon, Michigan. The symposium is geared towards the beginning to intermediate kayaker with a low instructor/student ratio. This is a great family event with a wonderful youth kayaking program.
RKC will not be attending the symposium but can provide kayak and gear rentals available for pick up from our Wyandotte location.
Each year on the second weekend after Memorial Day, paddlers have descended upon Ohio’s South Bass Island State Park for this annual gathering. This paddler organized event, brings kayakers together for a fun weekend. Safety is of utmost concern and paddlers are encouraged to plan their own water based activities, but join the land based social functions. There are countless paddling opportunities among the islands of the Western Basin of Lake Erie. For beginners there are paddling opportunities within the Put-in-Bay Harbor, for intermediate paddlers, there are miles of island coastline to paddle and for experienced paddlers there are dozens of open water crossings between islands to explore.
Each year members of Team RKC join the other great paddlers on South Bass