Kayaking Safety – Rescue Practice Video from NEWP

Safe kayaking requires knowing how to get back in your boat in case of a capsize. In this video Chris Martin from Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers takes Emily Deem from WLUK TV through some the the steps to an assisted kayak rescue.

Check out more safety and paddle event information at the NEWP website.


Paddle the Lighthouses and Coastlines of Door County

The North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc. is hosting its 2012 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 28 at McGuinness Irish Pub in downtown Appleton. Tim Pflieger, of Team Leadership Center in Door County will be our featured speaker. His presentation,  “Paddling the Lighthouses and Coastlines of Door County,” will give you an entertaining and informative overview of beautiful places in Door County that are also kayak friendly!

The agenda and other details are all provided on our club website at www.WisconsinPaddlers.org, or go directly to the Annual Meeting page at  http://www.wisconsinpaddlers.org/about-us.

Also – we still have openings in our Appleton YMCA Kayak Essentials Class, beginning Sunday, January 23rd, so sign up now and bring a friend. We also have openings in our upcoming Green Bay Broadview YMCA (Starts 2/12)  and Two Rivers High School (starts 2/20) classes – all the information is on the website.

Lastly, we have been busy putting together our 2012 set of events. Hear more about all that at our annual meeting, or check it out on the website –

On behalf of North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc.

Jeff Mazanec President 2012

North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc.

Door County Paddling Presentation

North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc. 2012 Annual Meeting and Door Cty Paddling Presentation

Jan 28 2012 – 3:30 PM

McGinnis Irish Pub

201 S. Walnut St.


North East Wisconsin Paddlers, Inc. 2012 Annual Meeting and Door Cty Paddling Presentation


Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers 2012 Annual Meeting.  Open to the public.

NEWP will take care of some club business, elect their slate of officers for 2012, and discuss plans for classes, events and other activities in 2012. The pub is located at 201 S. Walnut Street in Appleton, just a few blocks from the YMCA. After the business meeting is concluded, stay tuned for the feature presentation and a great opportunity to network with your fellow paddlers.


  • 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Annual Meeting
  • 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Dinner ($10/ Limited menu/ open bar)
  • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Feature Presentation
  • 6:30 p.m. – ?: Social Time

Feature Presentation “Paddling Door County’s Lighthouses and Coastlines”

With over 315 miles of coastline (and 13 lighthouses, more than any other county in the U.S.), Door  County is truly a kayaker’s paradise.

Join Tim Pflieger on a visual journey highlighting Door County’s lighthouses and unique coastlines. Discover some of his favorite off the beaten path paddling spots, and learn of the natural history of the area and some of the best waterside eateries in Door County.

Tim is well known in Wisconsin paddle circles as an outfitter, instructor, coach, EMT, motivational speaker and all around great guy! His presentation will includes great pictures and insightful information on great places to paddle in and around Door County.

Paddling The Solo Canoe DVD

Have you ever paddled a solo canoe?  Would you like to learn more about solo canoe paddling?  The DVD Paddling the Solo Canoe
is a good instructional resource for solo paddling.   Canoe instructor and Rutabaga paddle shop owner Darren Bush takes new solo paddlers through all the basics when it comes to paddling the solo canoe.

The DVD is organized into short, quick watching sections.  Darren covers everything from canoe anatomy and design basics to paddling strokes, outfitting and gear basics.  Darren demostrates techniques on the water and additionally animated stroke diagrams are included for more specific details.  The instructional video segments are quick, clear and to the point.   There is enough instructional information and the information never lags.  It was easy to watch a few sections multiple times because they’re well organized in the DVD menu.

I recommend this DVD if you’re interested in improving your solo canoe techniques or if you’re interested in paddling in general.

Paddling the Solo Canoe DVD is 58 minutes.

Learn Kayak Essentials in Appleton's Erb Pool

The North East Wisconsin Paddlers and City of Appleton Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to offer our very popular Kayak Essentials class in the summertime! The classes are June 6, 7 and 8th.  After more than 20 years of teaching this class indoors, this will be the first opportunity to take it outdoors, but still in the comfortable environment of a clean swimming pool! From learning key skills here, it will be an easy and safe step to venture out into “real” water!

Classes will run from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening, with a mixture of discussion time aided by video clips and wet time in the pool. Here is the class description as presented in the City Recreation Department’s Summer Guide:

314706 – Kayak Skills Class: This is the class you have been waiting for! The Kayak Skills class emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for all entry level participants. Learn about basic kayak maneuvers, outfitting your boat to fit your needs and basic safety principles. Upon completion of this class, there will be an optional outing on the Fox River so you can put your skills to use immediately. Instruction is taught by members of the Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers. Kayaks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own to class.

Participants must be 10 years old or older and register with a parent if under 16. The class number is 314706-S1; Kayak Skills Class. Cost is $70 for residents of the City of Appleton; $95 for non-residents.

The goal of the NEW Paddlers is to encourage and advance paddle sport education and safety. Whether it is whitewater, surf, canoes, or kayaks, we look to bring together likeminded individuals with whom we can share our passion for paddling.



Kayak Essentials Class in Appleton

Northeastern Wisconsin area residents new to kayaking or looking to polish their skills can take the Kayak Essentials class offered by North East Wisconsin Paddlers Classes are held throughout the area to help you get started. Here are some photos from the Appleton Class at the YMCA on April 3th. For more information about these classes visit the North East Wisconsin Paddlers website.

Canoecopia 2011

Are you going to Canoecopia this weekend?  Canoecopia is the Midwest’s premier paddle sports expo.  

Whether you are an experienced paddler or just starting out, you will find everything you need at Canoecopia, and you can enjoy paddling on all of Wisconsin’s waterways.

Hours of the event: Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 9am-6pm, and Sunday: 10am-5pm.  Admission is $10 a day or $15 for the weekend and children 17 & under are free.

Canoecopia is strong on education with the best paddling teachers in the world sharing their knowledge at the event.  There are presentations on everything from improving your paddle strokes, how to select your boat to learning more outdoor skills.  You can even go along as presenters share their paddling advice to paddling exotic destinations all over the world.

More information is available at www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia.
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