DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
December 8, Sunday: Bob's Surprise Paddle
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664
Comments: Bob will decide where to lead a paddle based on weather conditions and the interests of participants.
December 17, Tuesday: Roll, Self-Rescue, and Skills Class
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Place: Homestead Village
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664
Comments: Bob Andrews and Jeff Breit will teach you to roll, or any other paddling skills you ask them to teach you. These guys are experts, and they donate their time and skills to the club for free. The fine folks at Homestead Village charge us for the use of their heated pool, though (and it's very much worth the nominal cost, because the Homestead pool is a very comfortable place to practice skills). Five people have already signed up, so we can expect to pay less than $20 per head for the use of the pool, then we all get free roll and skill lessons that we would pay $50-$75 each for elsewhere.
If you are new to kayaking, you should come and at least watch this skills class, even if you do not want to roll. Anybody who paddles a kayak should know how to do a "wet exit" (which is a technical term for falling out of your boat) (without hurting yourself), and get back into it at sea (without hurting yourself). Even better (and actually easier, with practice), you should know how to roll. If you are an experienced paddler, then I don't have to explain to you what a good opportunity this is to practice, learn, and share skills. So come watch or come play -- either way, you will pay a minimal fee, and you will learn a LOT.
If you don't have a rollable boat, rollable kayaks will be available for you to borrow during the class.
Please pre-register by calling Bob. Bring or wear clothes to get wet in (changing rooms will be available). We will have to clean our boats before we get in the pool. Dirty boats make the pool dirty and make our club unwelcome by our hosts at this ideal pool.
Christmas Parades of Boats
I don't have any details about these yet. It is my understanding that there will be boat parades on Dog River and Magnolia River, and that we may be able to participate. If anybody has information about these parades, please let me know and I'll pass it along to the rest of the club: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next regular club meeting will be on Tuesday, January 7, at the Fairhope Yacht Club, at 7 p.m.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month's paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.
2. If you e-mail a request to email@example.com, Julie will put you on the club's e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of "flash paddles" i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene's e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it's because Gene's e-mail list suddenly died. You need to "re-subscribe" by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e- mail list for the club.)
3. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.
4. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)
5. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don't know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.
6. Thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.
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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek
A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. You get a map along with the permit that is worth more than the fee.
Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. Permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:
Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578
For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver's license or identification card which contains full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (though recent turn-arounds have been only a few days). Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.