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Disclaimer
The Long Island Paddlers is not a professional paddling organization.  Our members coordinate paddles for their own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the rest of the paddling community.  Skill sessions, while a great way to learn, are not run by professional instructors.  The trip coordinators are not professional guides or instructors.  Many of them are highly skilled and experienced paddlers, but they do not have any professional credentials.  You choose to join the Long Island Paddlers coordinated trips at your own risk.    The use of alcohol and drugs on club paddles is prohibited

Paddling is a lot of fun, but there are certain guidelines and rules that should be followed.  First, read about Trip Levels to make sure you are capable of completing the paddle trip as planned.  Second, read Paddling Guidelines so that you know what equipment is necessary for a safe and successful paddle.  If you wish to bring a non-member as a guest, please contact the trip leader directly before the trip.

All trips are subject to weather conditions.  Trip leaders will notify all attendees of any changes reflecting the trip via email.

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April 2017

NO TRIPS AVAILABLE FOR THIS MONTH.

 
 

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May 2017

 
Title:
Great Swamp Patterson NY, with a possible campout at Fahnstock park
 
Date:
Saturday 05/06/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
David Shwide
 
Details:
Trip limited to 8 attendees.  A wonderful 7 mile one way paddle in one of the most quiet areas within 70 miles of NYC. Canoes and 14ft and under recreation boats are the best choice here. Long sea kayaks 15ft and longer aren't allowed because of the many meandering turns. We will spot cars at the take out about 10 miles away and launch in Patterson. Not to many places to take out to eat lunch so we sometimes just raft up and eat. No bathrooms at put in or take out so it's the old fashioned way into the woods when possible. Believe me it's a fun paddle, especially if there is a lot of rain in April/May. Google the Great Swamp in Patterson NY. There are eateries on the way to use the restrooms. Take the Hutchinson parkway to RTE 684 north which leads into rte 22 north. Will send out details as it gets closer. Proper gear required for immersion, dry bag with change of clothes, dry pants, splash jacket...
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Dinghy Shop Demo Days
 
Date:
Saturday 05/06/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Dan Di Giovanni assisted by Donna Di Giovanni
 
Details:
 This is Dinghy Shop's annual weekend demonstration when the public is invited to come down and test paddle dozens of different boats for free.
 
Skill:
Level 1
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Walking tour of Greenwich Village
 
Date:
Saturday 05/06/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Barry Goldblatt
 
Details:
Trip limited to 25 attendees.  Join me for an informative, interesting and fun filled tour of historic Greenwich Village.
 
Skill:
N/A
 
Endurance:
N/A
 
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Title:
Crab Meadow Beach, Northport
 
Date:
Tuesday 05/09/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Christopher Scalisi assisted by Tom Auer
 
Details:
Trip limited to 10 attendees.  Surfing at Crab Meadow.Near the full moon on the out going tide the waves build to a good height for surfing.
 
Skill:
Level 3
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Jamaica Bay Queens/Brooklyn with possible paddle with Sebago paddle club. Plus Camping!
 
Date:
Saturday 05/13/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
David Shwide
 
Details:
Trip limited to 10 attendees.  Plan is to paddle around some of the islands in Jamaica Bay to view shore and migratory birds. This might be a joint trip with the Brooklyn Sebago paddle club. Water will still be cold so proper gear required for immersion. Wetsuit, drysuit, change of clothes, etc. Paddle during the day with us and if your interested in staying out longer camping at Gateway national park let me know via e mail. I might also reserve a campsite at Gateway National park. Weather dependent, also rain date will be the next day.

EDIT! Sorry, rain date cancelled, Mother's Day
 
Skill:
Level 2
 
Endurance:
Rated C
 
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Title:
Mother's Day in Mount Sinai Harbor
 
Date:
Sunday 05/14/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
James Gibney assisted by Chi-Chi GIBNEY
 
Details:
Trip limited to 20 attendees.  Join us for a relaxed paddle to see all this small harbor has to offer. Please note: water temperature may still be cool. Please dress accordingly!
 
Skill:
Level 1
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Connetquot River Paddle
 
Date:
Saturday 05/20/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Don Gorycki assisted by Emilio Sosa
 
Details:
Trip limited to 12 attendees.  Explore the tranquil and scenic Connetquot River and its surroundings. We will
leave from the put-in at Timber Point County Park and paddle north up the
river towards Dowling College. From there we will backtrack to Nicoll Island for
a rest stop. Time permitting we will then continue to explore some of the
creeks on the east side of the river. Finally we’ll paddle back to the
put-in at Timber Point.
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Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Huntington Town Safe Boating Fair
 
Date:
Sunday 05/21/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Donna Di Giovanni assisted by Dan Di Giovanni
 
Details:
 Annual boating festival in Huntington, near the water.
 
Skill:
Level 1
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Skill Session 3
 
Date:
Sunday 05/21/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Christopher Scalisi assisted by Tom Auer
 
Details:
Trip limited to 21 attendees.  Pool session 3 at St Joseph's collage. Last chance to get wet in a warm pool this spring. Best time for wet exits and re-entries.
 
Skill:
Level 1
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Scallop Pond Preserve
 
Date:
Saturday 05/27/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
James Gibney assisted by Chi-Chi GIBNEY
 
Details:
Trip limited to 20 attendees.  Paddle through a picturesque and secluded area of Southampton town at a relaxed pace, starting at Bullhead Bay and then into Scallop Pond Preserve.
 
Skill:
Level 1
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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June 2017

 
Title:
Basha Kill, Wurtsboro NY, great family trip "date change"
 
Date:
Saturday 06/03/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
David Shwide
 
Details:
Trip limited to 17 attendees.  http://www.thebashakill.org/
Paddle the flatwater beautiful Basha Kill and bring your binoculars to view the birds and possibly the eagles. It's a 10 mile flat water paddle or you can shorten it by spotting cars along the way. Straight drive going up on RTE 17. I've day tripped there before by leaving early and coming back late. Last time we camped out at Bernstens family campground and overnighted it. Cost is $15 per person per night. Just so happens that the put in/ take out is right in front of the Basha Kill winery. The campground is about 10 - 15 min away. You can just go for the day paddle or join others camping. I can't guarantee it to be bug free but the wetland area of the Basha Kill is beautiful. I'm most probably going to do a day paddle out there mid April to scout it out and will send out a short notice. Feel free to contact me if your interested. Even if you can't go with us you should try to check it out. Lovely area.
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A & B
 
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Title:
Ray Smith Memorial Picnic Skills
 
Date:
Saturday 06/10/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Christopher Scalisi assisted by Lynne Basileo
 
Details:
 Level one skills. This is the easiest of Ray Smith Picnic skill sessions. Sign up will start in May.
 
Skill:
Level 1
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Ray Smith Memorial Picnic Not Your Grandmothers Kayak Rescues
 
Date:
Saturday 06/10/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Colin Mullen assisted by Robin Jaeger
 
Details:
Trip limited to 9 attendees.  This skill session intended for paddlers who already have the “basic” understanding and skills to perform self and assisted rescues. Our goal will be to have fun while expanding upon those basic rescue skills, by affording paddlers the opportunity to think and perform kayak rescues outside the normal paddler’s box.
This session will be useful for paddlers who lead group paddles. In addition to rescues, we will cover group management skills so a simple rescue does not compound into a major one.
Requirements:
1. The ability to comfortably perform a wet exit while wearing a kayak skirt.
2. Basic understanding of the T-Rescue.
3. We will be spending a lot of time in the water so dress properly for emersion.
4. A sea kayak equipped with “bulkheads”.
5. PFD, kayak skirt, etc.
6. If you have a paddle float, pump and towbelt bring them.
We will meet at the far left side of the beach with our kayaks and equipment ready to launch at 9:30. If anyone has any question regarding this skills session please do not hesitate to contact me at colin82ABN@optonline.net , call me or we can discuss any question during one of LIPS monthly meetings.
 
Skill:
N/A
 
Endurance:
N/A
 
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Title:
Ray Smith Memorial Picnic
 
Date:
Saturday 06/10/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Paul Giwoyna assisted by Steven Berner
 
Details:
 Our annual spring picnic to kick off the paddling season. There will be at least two paddles in the morning and the afternoon from Centerport Beach with paddles into Huntington Bay, Northport Harbor, and Centerport Harbor. Watch for them to be posted.
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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Title:
Creeks of Narrow Bay
 
Date:
Saturday 06/24/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Don Gorycki
 
Details:
Trip limited to 13 attendees.  On this trip we will explore some of the creeks of Narrow Bay and its
surroundings. We will leave Smith Point Marina and paddle east along the
south coast of Mastic to explore Unchachogue Creek, John’s Neck Creek, Pattersquash Creek and others (time/conditions permitting).
Lunch/rest stop is as yet TBD.
If time/conditions permit, we’ll circumnavigate Pattersquash Island
on the way back To Smith Point Marina.
Will be accepting attendees a few weeks prior to the trip.
 
Skill:
Level 2
 
Endurance:
Rated B
 
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July 2017

 
Title:
Flanders Bay Grand Tour
 
Date:
Saturday 07/15/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Don Gorycki assisted by Helen Horton
 
Details:
Trip limited to 12 attendees.  This trip is a circumnavigation of Flanders Bay. Helen Horton will be assisting on this trip.
Leaving out of the Birch Creek put-in, we will paddle in a counter-clockwise direction to/past the following way-points: Mill Creek, Hubbard Creek, Cow Yard Beach, Red Cedar Point, Simmons Point, Indian Island Park, Iron Point, Goose Point, Reeves Bay then back to Birch Creek. Note: the crossing from Red Cedar Point to Simmons Point is about a one-mile open water paddle and could be choppy depending on wind conditions. Rest stop will be at the beach by Helen’s house thanks to her community center. The view of the Bay from here is really splendid. Helen also made her house available for water and bathroom. Weather conditions may, of course, alter plans at the discretion of the trip leader.

There will be two put-in sites for this trip: (1) Birch Creek and (2) Helen Horton’s house. When signing up for this trip please Email myself and Helen as to which put-in you plan to use.
At trip’s conclusion, whether you put-in at Birch Creek or at Helen’s home, all are invited back to
her home (596 Peconic Bay Blvd., Aquebogue 631-779-3236 landline) for beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Please bring a dish to share.
Attendance will open a few weeks prior to the start date.
 
Skill:
Level 2/3
 
Endurance:
Rated B
 
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Title:
Fifth Annual Paddle Battle
 
Date:
Saturday 07/29/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Donna Di Giovanni assisted by Steven Berner
 
Details:
Trip limited to 12 attendees.  The Riverhead Aquarium's Fourth Annual Kayak, Canoe, SUP Race is looking for help on the course. We are also looking for volunteers to help out at an information table for the club. Last year’s event went well, they were able to raise around $25,000 for the United Way of Long Islands VetsBuild program helping veterans and military families on the Island and the East End Tourism Alliance.
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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August 2017

 
Title:
Swim Across America / swim escort
 
Date:
Saturday 08/05/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Barry Goldblatt assisted by Kenneth Fink
 
Details:
Trip limited to 40 attendees.  Join me escorting a group of dedicated swimmers who last year raised over half a million dollars for cancer research, treatment and education.
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated B
 
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Title:
West Neck Beach Swim Escort
 
Date:
Sunday 08/06/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Barry Goldblatt assisted by Kenneth Fink
 
Details:
 Join fellow club paddlers escorting swimmers who will be raising money to provide swim lessons to local youths who could not otherwise afford them.
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A & B
 
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Title:
Annual Adirondack Adventure 2017
 
Date:
Monday 08/07/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Steven Berner assisted by Paul Giwoyna
 
Details:
Trip limited to 18 attendees.  Our annual trip to the middle of the Adirondacks to paddle rivers, creeks, and lakes - ahhh, fresh water!
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A & B
 
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Title:
Smith Point Marina to Bellport Beach
 
Date:
Saturday 08/19/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Don Gorycki
 
Details:
Trip limited to 13 attendees.  This strip starts from Smith Point Marina and crosses over to the Otis Pike Wilderness Area on Fire Island. We will paddle west past John Birch Island towards and past the new breach at Old Inlet, giving it a wide berth due to the many shallow areas. We will continue then to Bellport Beach (aka Ho-Hum Beach) where we will stop Beach to have lunch (concession stand and rest rooms should be open) under the re-built Gazebo and frolic on the beach and ocean waves. We will then backtrack to the take-out at Smith Point Marina.
Sign-up will start a few weeks prior to the trip.
 
Skill:
Level 2/3
 
Endurance:
Rated B
 
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September 2017

 
Title:
Long Island Paddlers Fall Picnic
 
Date:
Saturday 09/09/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Paul Giwoyna assisted by Steven Berner
 
Details:
 Our annual fall picnic with several paddles in the morning followed a delicious catered lunch. Members will have three options. There will be a skills' session starting at 10:00 AM at Indian Island County Park. At the same time, there will be one trip beginning in downtown Riverhead on the Peconic River and another at Birch Creek. Afterwards, we will all gather at the picnic area for another delicious lunch. We're not sure if we will be grilling or not.
 
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N/A
 
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N/A
 
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October 2017

 
Title:
Fall Foliage on the Carmans
 
Date:
Saturday 10/21/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Don Gorycki
 
Details:
Trip limited to 13 attendees.  View the changing colors of the Fall foliage as we paddle our way from Smith Point Marina
to the Carmans River. After leaving Smith Point we will paddle the eastern part of Bellport Bay following the coast of Shirley north to the Carmans River. A rest stop
will be at Indian Landing for snacks/lunch. We will then continue exploring the
river and may even see the bald eagles.

Will be accepting attendees a few weeks prior to the trip.
 
Skill:
Level 2/3
 
Endurance:
Rated B
 
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November 2017

NO TRIPS AVAILABLE FOR THIS MONTH.

 
 

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December 2017

 
Title:
LI Paddlers Annual Holiday Party
 
Date:
Saturday 12/09/2017    (Login for Time details)
 
Leader:
Paul Giwoyna assisted by Kristin Costa
 
Details:
 The annual holiday party where our annual awards are given out, good food is served, lively music is played, and great friends are found.
 
Skill:
Level 1/2
 
Endurance:
Rated A
 
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