Erie MetroParks offers Classroom Kayaking today

Jason Werling
Apr 14, 2013


In light of the recent tragedy of the father and daughter on Sandusky Bay, there are probably plenty of people out there that purchased their first kayaks during the holidays and plan on getting them out for paddling this spring.
Kayaking and canoeing is fun, but only when done safely. If it is your first time putting your new kayak in the water, try a creek, stream or slow-moving river for your first time.
Erie MetroParks offers many group trips throughout the warmer months and has a Classroom Kayaking program today at the Coupling Reserve from 2 - 5 p.m. with a $5 fee. Registration is recommended, but I am sure if you show up with $5 you won't be turned away. This class is a good way to see if kayaking is for you and how to learn the basics.
Here are a couple tips for a first-time kayak or canoe trip…
• Go with a group on slow-moving water.
• Purchase safety equipment including a PFD (Personal Flotation Device), whistle, air horn, paddle leash (it attaches your paddle to your boat), waterproof bags or containers to hold your snacks, cell phone, air horn.
• If not with a group, let someone know when you are going, where you are going, and when you will be back.
• Know the water temperature and weather forecast for the time you will be out. Poor weather can happen pretty quick.
• Take your kayak/canoe into water you can stand and practice dumping out of your boat and getting back in. When I tried this I found a problem with my kayak that would have made recovery very difficult should I had gone in while paddling in open water.
• Get your boat registered with the Ohio Division of Watercraft. All boats need to be registered and an alternative registration is available for kayaks, canoes and other hand-powered vessels.
To get your kayak or canoe registered go to for more information and also get more information and tips on boating your hand-powered vessel.



We don't know yet if it is a tragedy.


How did the two get to the water with kayaks? Haven't heard there was a car or truck found.

No car or truck found. No lifejackets. Both kayaks wash up in the same spot. Lots of questions.

My prayers is it's a domestic dispute. Both are safe and well.

How you going to train for that?

Capt. Ford

Back to the point of the article boys. Kayaking is done safely and frequently in the ice and water conditions found in the bay that weekend.
Have been doing so in the islands for 20 years.Mr.Werling covered the basics, important is to practice re-entry when it is nice. Experienced companions, safety gear, and a float plan are a must. We find it more enjoyable early in the season, lots of waterfowl and no powerboats.

alissa28 a matter of fact, a vehicle that was used to transport the kyaks was parked at the dock. Spewing nonsense as "facts" isn't aprreciated.



If I an wrong than I apologize. There was no mention on any vehicle in the articles I read.

Kottage Kat

Nothing like closing the barn door after the horse got out
Sad it took this incident to want to educate people
My prayers continue


They didn't have to do it after the tragedy but they did, if it prevents one other person from having an accident like this, then it is well worth it.

Kottage Kat

I agree and all who kayak should take the course.


And then a bunch of little kids were fishing on the dock with NO PDFs on at all over the weekend.

Explain that one.

Jason Werling

reporter54- I hope that it turns out to not be a tragedy, but as of right now two people left in their kayaks and didn't return. I wasn't sure what else to call it.

Erie MetroParks has offered this indoor class for a while now and will continue to offer more classes as well as their group paddles. Keep checking HERE for their program schedule.