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Camping from your kayak – Lecture

Posted: October 18, 2013 by Jeff Fabiszewski in blog, Lecture Series

Osprey Bay Outdoors lecture Jeff Fabiszewski Sean Fitzgibbon

Sean and I had our first of several Thursday night Lectures at Osprey Bay Outdoors.  Our guest had never camped and they enjoyed listening to how easy it is to camp from their kayak.  We introduce the basic gear and skills needed for a comfortable stay in the outdoors.  In essence we focused on the basics in order to allow everyone received a better understanding of  “leave no trace” camping on our local mangrove barrier islands.  A person only needs shelter, water, food.  We skipped clothing in this hour lecture because most people do not kayak naked.

Next Thursday November 21 at 6:30pm we are talking, cooking, and tasting the advantages between freeze dried and fresh foods.

imperial-river-boat-ramp-jeff-fabiszewski-sean-fitzgibbon-sweetwater-kayaksIts official November 1 – 3, 2013 Sean Fitzgibbon and Jeff Fabiszewski are guest speakers at the 2013 Calusa Blueways Paddling Festival.  The teaching line up is: Cutting Through the Hype, Thru-Paddling the Calusa Blueway, Practical First Aid, and Risk Management For All Paddlers. Join Sean, Jeff, and other notable coaches in Fort Myers-Sanibel for a rocking good time. http://www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com/

calusa blueway logoActivities are planned throughout Lee County from Friday through Sunday.  Come try a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard for free courtesy of Florida Paddle Sports and Gulf Coast Kayak, which are offering kayak and paddleboard demos and lessons. Food will be served noon to 2:30 p.m. It’s free to attend; food tickets available for purchase at event.  Evening events are at the Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel. Join with fellow travelers as we gather both evenings for a full evening of sharing paddling stories, networking, reviewing trail maps, drinks & dinner, live music, and “meet the authors” special programming from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  You’ll find the most demos, instruction and speakers on the Sanibel Causeway.

  • Friday November 1st
    • 2:00 to 3:00pm Cutting Through the Hype, on the Sanibel Causeway
    • 4:00 to 5:00pm Risk Management For All Paddlers, on the Sanibel Causeway
  • Saturday November 2nd
    • 10:00 to 11:00am Thru-Paddling the Calusa Blueway, on the Sanibel Causeway
    • 1:30 to 2:45pm Practical First Aid, on the water
  • Sunday November 3rd
    • 1:30 to 2:15pm Practical First Aid, on the water
  • Cutting Through the Hype: A boat, paddle, and PFD will get a kayaker started.  But there are other gear, materials, designs, and gadgetry; how does one decide what to buy, what/when to use, and what to wear when kayaking?!  This is a great opportunity to understand products: their development, the slick marketing, and the practical financial function.
  • Risk Management For All Paddlers: This session provides people with a lens to help identify and manage risk on and off the water.  The best safety is identifying problems before they happen.  The second best safety action is how to react when problems occur.
  • Thru-Paddling the Calusa Blueway: Tampa Bay, Fla.-area paddlers Sean Fitzgibbon and Jeff Fabiszewski, aka “Team Sweetwater,” departed on Oct. 19 for a 12-day, 190-mile paddle along the southwest coast of Florida, following the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. The pair did the trip to raise awareness and funds for the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail — one of the best marked paddling routes in the world — as well as for the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island.
  • Practical First Aid: Minimal preparation prevents massive maintenance.  This intro on the water class provides commonsense tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions after a health problem occurs.  The demonstrations combined with realistic scenarios and mock patients are the next step in learning how to react.

Well it is now less than seven weeks to Christmas and I am starting to look around for gifts for friends and family. Of course while shopping for them I am beginning to assemble my own list, just in case someone asks. Unfortunately not all of the items I discover make it to my list, some just get bought (lol!).

So with that confession let me recommend a great DVD called Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson from Greenlandorbust.org. Although I paddle a Euro blade and while the DVD does concentrate on layback rolls and advanced rolls using a Greenland paddle, it offers excellent advice for anyone who is trying to learn to roll or is trying to troubleshoot their on again / off again roll. In the section “Troubleshooting the Roll” Helen Wilson does a great job at pointing out some of the obvious mistakes we make and some of the not so obvious ones that cause our roll to fail. The techniques in this section of the DVD are applicable to both disciplines of paddles.

This DVD is available directly from Greenlandorbust.org or if you are in the Tampa Bay area, from Sweetwater Kayaks at 727-570-4844.

Happy Rolling, Chad M.

There are a lot of books, periodicals, and web information on the simple topic of safety for people on kayak expeditions.  After all of that information is distilled down one thing becomes clear.  The primary safety device on a sea kayak is the paddler.  A person can purchase all of the most expensive kayak expedition gear, take all of the classes, and read every sea-kayak safety guide; but if the person does not have the respect for the forces of the natural world death could be where the expedition ends…

 Jeff’s most important pieces of safety gear for this expedition are…and placed…
  • tow line
  • whistle
  • mirror
  • VHF radio & cellphone
  • sea shears
  • replacement hatch cover
  • Cliff Bars, beef jerky
  • spare paddle
  • paddle float
  • drinking water
  • first-aid kit
  • heavy orange plastic sheet
  • electrical tape, sticks when wet / cold
  • waist
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • deck
  • cockpit
  • day hatch
  • day hatch
  • day hatch
  • day hatch

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 Sean’s most important pieces of safety gear for this expedition are…and placed…
  • rescue knife
  • dye pack
  • signal mirror
  • Space Blanket
  • snack food
  • spare paddle
  • hydration bladder
  • rescue flares
  • cell phone
  • VHF/weather radio
  • dry clothes
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • deck
  • back deck
  • cockpit
  • day hatch
  • day hatch
  • day hatch

…after having respect for nature, its beauty, and ability to kill us.  The above gear lists help in keeping us prepared for accidents, gear failures, and unplanned capsizes. – Jeff