Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What's it all about?

Smell the roses

What's it all about? Not the big picture but sea kayaking.

Sea kayaking can span the gamut from a leisurely paddle along the shore to paddling in stormy conditions on the open ocean.

Malcolm seeks out the open ocean and is pushing the envelope again. Paddle Canada has 5 levels of conditions for which paddlers can reach certification. Level IV, the highest, requires persons for be proficient in the following conditions:
- open coastline,
- landing sites infrequent & sometimes difficult,
- winds strong, 20 knots (36 km/hr),
- combined sea state more than 1 metre & moderate to rough,
- surf more than 1 metre,
- current 3 knots or more.

He's raised the point whether Paddle Canada should add levels for more challenging conditions. I wonder would anyone set out in more adverse conditions for a day paddle?

Personally, I want to be able to handle such conditions in the event I'm caught up in them but I also enjoy a calm day along the shore when I can take my time, savour the moment and smell the roses.


  1. Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another...................................................

  2. How true, a very good way to live. Blogging is a bit like that because people all over the world can share experiences and learn a little about each other - whether you kayak or whatever you do.

    Tony :-)

  3. Hey Tony...thats a link to a porn site.

  4. Hey tony - not sure Level 5 is officially in the PC program (only 4 skill levels - 3 inland seas and 4 tidal seas) but maybe someday

    I was out on eastern lake Ontario last Saturday in 25 kn, 1.5 m waves, exposed limestone rock coastline with nowhere to land and it sure felt like the wild ocean - hard to say what level of water this would be - good thing it was only for an hour as that was all i had in me of paddling and playing

    Graham K