This last Sunday was the second of the season’s pool sessions sponsored by the Badger State Boating Society (BS2 (supposed to be a superscript 2, but I can’t figure out how to do it)). Back in the early to mid-’90s, BS2 would have monthly meetings at a bar just northwest of Milwaukee. I’d go to the meetings and talk to others about sea kayaking, I was always in the minority and that was ok, the love of recreating on the water brought us together. We’d have a holiday party with big Mike dressed up as Santa, and me as an elf (complete with green capilene underwear and bells). One year we arrived via a canoe being pulled by some of the club members pretending to be reindeer. Oops, the canoe was wider than the door. Everyone had a great laugh, lots of food and drink, along with lots of gifts provided by the local outfitters, of which I was one. Well, I sure have digressed, but it does bring back some fond memories of nearly 20 years ago!!!
Now, BS2 (that’s BS squared), has given up the monthly meetings at the local club house, and are mainly a group of whitewater paddlers who openly welcome us “long boaters” to share in the wealth of the clean and warm waters of the Schroeder YMCA for a series of pool sessions between December (or late November this year) and March.
As one can imagine, you get a few (5 this past Sunday) sea kayaks in a small section of a large pool, and while there’s not much room to do a lot of paddling, there’s plenty of space to do some rather stationary activities. The whole idea is to hone the skills in the comfort of the pool during the winter so when we go on the open waters we will be better paddlers.
Here’s some video I shot at the last session–Rick is getting a lot of coaching in rolling and high bracing. By the way, the video was taken with my Pentax Optio 20W, not my big “fancy” video rig. Hope you enjoy, and that you too will take advantage of your local club’s pool sessions. (The music is Jaime RT, Butterfly and the Talking Cat.)