JSSKA LINKS

 
JSSKA Bylaws For those interested in the organizational aspect of the club.

JSSKA Brochure: See a copy of the club's brochure.

JSSKA Calendar of events

Frequently Asked Questions: get answers to questions about gear, lessons and important information.

Where can I find paddling lessons: get information on local resources for paddling instruction.:

Guidelines for Safe Trip Participation All paddlers should be familiar with these before paddling on any posted trip.

JSSKA Launch Site Directory A directory of kayak launch sites throughout the state and surrounding areas.
JSSKA Membership Registration
JSSKA Store A place to get fun gifts with the JSSKA logo.
Paddlers Express Message Board A public forum to discuss kayaking and related topics.

Posting Photos on Message Board Learn how to include your photos in your message board post.

JSSKA FRAPPr Map Join the map and mark your location so you and others can find paddling partners.


 

EXTERNAL LINKS

(in alphabetical order)

*Listings marked with an (*) indicate that JSSKA members recieve discounts from these retailers and instructors

 

CONSERVATION

Alliance For A Living Ocean The mission of the Alliance for a Living Ocean shall be to promote and maintain clean water and a healthy coastal environment through education, research and active participation.
Clean Ocean Action Be the solution to ocean pollution!
Environment New Jersey Environment New Jersey is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization
Garden State Environet First in NJ for environmental news and information
Hackensack Riverkeeper Protect and preserve the Hackensack River
NY/NJ Baykeeper The Baykeeper's mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary - the most urban estuary on the planet
NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife Environmental agency dedicated to the protection, management, and wise use of NJ's fish and wildlife resources
NJ Trails Plan The New Jersey Trails Plan Update will address and analyze key issues related to trails development and the State Trails System, establish a vision for New Jersey’s trails, and recommend strategies and actions required to move toward that vision.
Save Barnegat Bay SAVE BARNEGAT BAY is a not-for-profit environmental group working to conserve undeveloped natural land and clean water throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed.

 

FISH & WILDLIFE

Online License Sales Get a fishing or hunting license online. Fishing license needed to launch at Round Valley Reservoir.

GEAR LIST

Kayaking Gear List - list of gear from Sea Kayaker Magazine.

 

LESSONS & KAYAK INSTRUCTION

*Green Wave Paddling is owned by ACA certified instructor Bryan Mitchell. Instruction is offered to JSSKA members at a discount. A portion of the proceeds of Bryan's lessons are donated to non-profit environmental organizations.

*Tuktupaddles.com is owned by certified instructor and paddlemaker Chris Raab. Instruction is offered to JSSKA members at a discount. Chris also teaches paddlemaking skills and Greenland skills.

*Jersey Shore Kayak owned by ACA certified instructor Mike Busch. A prior officer of the club, Mike remains an active and enthusiastic supporter of the club.

*The Jersey Paddler Store also offers kayaking instruction throughout the year at 1756 Rt 88 West, Brick, NJ. 1-888-22-KAYAK. Ask if the class is offered at a discount to JSSKA members.

*The Paddle Shack store, located at 5045 Mays Landing-Somers Point Rd, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. 609-909-5250 gives classes and winter pool sessions. Ask if the class is offered at a discount to JSSKA members

The local park systems in Monmouth & Ocean Counties offer beginner instruction and guided trips for sea kayaking and kayak surfing.  Contact the parks department in your area to find an up to date schedule of instructions.

American Canoe Association (ACA) also offers padding skills training both in person and through on-line courses.


MEMBERS OWN

Pages created and maintained by JSSKA members.

NJ Paddle Zone NJ paddling resources, conservation, and trip reports

RACING

Paddling organizations, outfitters, instruction, and more.

River Rat Race April race conducted by the Athol Lions Club in conjunction with Orange Lions Club on the Millers River, New England
USPP Upper Susquehanna Pedalers and Paddlers Spring race.
YMCA Cortalnd Canoe Classic Spring race for recreational and competitive canoes and kayaks
Run of the Charles Charles Watershed Association Spring canoe and kayak race
NYMCRA New York Marathon Canoe Racing Association - calendar with assorted race schedule
Schuykill River Regatta May race organized by the Keystone Canoe Club
Edward N Wessels Canoe Regatta Sydney, New York race
NYC Mayors Cup Elite 26.7 mile marathon kayaking race around Manhattan Island.

RETAILERS & RENTALS

*Adventure Scuba Inc. 1948 Main Ave Suite #5 Conshohocken Pa 19428. (866) 4U2 -DIVE or (610) 832-2570. Cold water gear, neoprene, fabric and latex repairs, including gasket replacement. JSSKA members recieve a 10% discount when you show your valid membership card.

Amigos Gasket/Dry Suit Repair Shop Specializing in gasket repairs. Located in North Carolina. Phone: 800-483-0188.

Bel Haven Paddlesports 1227 Route 542 Green Bank, NJ 08215. 1-800-445-0953. Canoe and kayak rentals and sales.

*EMS Locations across the US. The Eatontown store gives a discount to JSSKA members when you show your membership card. 133 State Highway 35, Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-460-0188
First Bridge Marina & Kayaks 500 Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton, NJ 08087. 1-800-50KAYAK. Kayak tours and rentals.
*Jersey Paddler 1756 Rt 88 West, Brick, NJ. 1-888-22-KAYAK. Sales, workshops, instruction. JSSKA members receive a 15% discount when you show your JSSKA card.
Kayakshed Hood River, OR. Shop online. Rentals and instruction available if you happen to be in the area.
NJ Kayak 409 East Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ 08005. 609-698-4440. Sea kayak instruction, sales, rentals and tours.

*Paddle Hut 1 Atlantic St., Highlands, NJ, 732-872-6600, adjacent to the Clam Hut Restaurant. Year round kayak storage, launch, shower and changing facilities. Members receive 10% off all services for 2009.

*Paddle Shack 5045 Mays Landing-Somers Point Rd, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. 609-909-5250. Tours, sales, special events. JSSKA members receive a discount when you show your JSSKA card.

REI
Shark River Kayaks 921 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719. 877-TO-KAYAK. Kayak tours and rentals plus lessons, sales and surfing.

SAFETY
ACA Beginners Guide A great resource for learning about kayak selection, paddlesport terms, essential equipment, learning to paddle, basic paddling skills, and self rescue.
ACA SmartStart for Safe Paddling

ACA Guidelines for Safe Coastal Paddling

ACA Guidelines for Safe River Paddling
American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter

Click here for more ACA Paddling Safety Links

Float Plan sample float plan from Sea Kayaker Magazine

Guidelines for Safe Trip Participation All paddlers should be familiar with these before paddling on any posted trip.
Hypothermia Links Hypothermia Kills! Be prepared for cold water paddling.
Lightning Safety Article Very informative primer on lightning
National Lightning Safety Institute National Lightning Safety Institute is a non-profit, non-product advocacy of lightning safety for both people and structures

Risk Factors to Assess in trip preparation from Body Boat Blade International

The Safe Harbor  is a free online educational resource for safe boating in the ports of NY/NJ.

United States Coast Guard Main page for the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard Small Boat Stations --gives phone numbers and contact information for individual stations in the fifth district.


TIDES & WEATHER & NAVIGATION
National Weather Service Link to Eastern Region Headquarters

nowCOAST Real-time environmental observations and NOAA Forecasts

Marine Traffic Real Time locations of marine traffic in NY Harbor, Hudson River, Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook and other locations worldwide.

Saltwater Tides Tide charts courtesy of Stripersonline.com.
Weather Underground Offers general and marine forecasting

WWW Tide and Current Predictor Customizable tide and current predictor

Tides On Line Tides for New Jersey & beyond

New Jersey High & Low Tides (from saltwater tides)

NOAA Tides and currents 

Urban Ocean Observatory at the Center for  Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute for Technology.

Discussion of anemometer & wind velocity from seakayaker magazine.

 


TRAVEL RESOURCES
Great Calusa Blueway Florida Paddle blueway trails in Fort Myers/Sanibel area of Florida.
Canot-Camping La Vérendrye Offers canoe routes on the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve, Quebec, CA.
Euforia Expeditions Kayaking in Costa Rica
Florida Bay Outfitters Florida Keys kayak and canoe center
GORP Resources to help you explore your world - very extensive!
Island Expeditions Kayaking in Belize
Kayaking Tours British Columbia Offers sea kayaking Vancouver Island tours around British Columbia, Canada
Northern Forest Canoe Trail The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine.

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures Sea Kayaking tours, travel and instruction in Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, The Bahamas, and Belize.

Sea Kayak Adventures Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching Tours in British Columbia and Baja.

Sea Kayak Georgia Offering instruction or outfitting on Tybee Island.

Sea Kayak Greece Outfitting and accomodations.


HANDMADE BOATS/BOAT BUILDING RESOURCES

Skin-on-Frame Resources:
Qajaq USA-http://www.qajaqusa.org/ 
Yostwerks-http://yostwerks.com/
Arnold Creek Boat Works-http://home.comcast.net/~marcel.rodriguez/index.htm

Stitch and Glue/ Strip Resources
WestCoast Paddler- http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/building/thumbnails.php?album=8
http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/building/index.php?cat=2
Blue Heron Kayaks-http://www.blueheronkayaks.com/kayak/index.html
One Ocean Kayaks-http://www.oneoceankayaks.com/Shop.htm
http:[email protected]/sets/72157601639188494/
http://homepage.mac.com/rkayes/PhotoAlbum4.html
http://www.swbans.org/boats/projects/Ulli/buildvkk.htm

Building Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE7DVFvD9rU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFVY9QOgjJA

Message Boards
Kayak Building Bulletin Board-www.kayakforum.com
Chesapeake Light Craft - http://www.clcboats.com/forum/ http://www.qajaqusa.org/cgi-bin/GreenlandTechniqueForum_config.pl
Black Dog Kayaks-http://blackdogkayaks.com/forum/YaBB.p

Plans/Kits
Guillemot Kayaks -www.guillemot-kayaks.com
Chesapeake Light Craft -www.clcboats.com
One Ocean Kayaks -www.oneoceankayaks.com
Redfish -www.redfishkayak.com
Shearwater -www.shearwaterkayaks.com
Laughing Loon -www.laughingloon.com
Pygmy -www.pygmyboats.com
Outer Island Kayak -www.outer-island.com/Plans.html
Point Bennett Kayak- http://www.rollordrown.com/kayak/index.html

Building Supplies
Medford Cedar- http://www.medfordcedar.com/index.htm
US Composites-www.shopmaninc.com/
Chesapeake Light Craft - http://www.clcboats.com/shop/
One Ocean Kayaks -www.oneoceankayaks.com
Newfound Woodworks -www.newfound.com/kayakacc.htm