- Q: What should I wear?
A: During the winter months, we suggest that
you wear a wetsuit while paddling. One without
arms is best (they are usually called 'farmer
johns'). In the winter cold water is the
During the summer months, wear layers. In the
summer the wind is the enemy.
A paddling jacket is extremely useful. Be
prepared to get wet on any trip...it happens to us
Train to avoid, but dress to expect, accidental
Many of us wear fleece...and many of us bring a
spare change of clothes.
- Q: Can I come alone?
A: Of course.
- Q: What kind of boat is best?
A: Typically we paddle kayaks ranging from
10-14 feet. Other boats will work. Shorter
boats are better for the smaller creeks but are tougher
on the long hauls. Longer boats are more
difficult in the smaller creeks (like Hunter Creek)
but will usually work. Canoes can be fine.
It seems that for the water that we paddle boats in
the 10'-12' range are most appropriate.
More important than the boat is the skill of the
If you bring a boat with a motor please don't turn
the motor on.
Cheryl and I own a 10' sit on top Yahoo, a 12' sit
inside Current Designs Kestral, a 12' sit inside
Eddyline Skylark, and a 14' sit inside Perception
Spectrum, and a 18' Old Town Tripper canoe.
- Q: How well do I need to be able to
A: It depends on the trip. Some of our
trips are very easy for beginners. Some of the
trips would be dangerous for beginners. Check
the schedule and look for the words "must be able to
control your boat" in the descriptions. If you
cannot control your boat, you should not participate
in those paddles. You could die or cause
someone else to die while trying to rescue you.
This may sound harsh, but it is reality.
If you are unsure about it all join us on one of our
trips as a non-paddling observer. Have
breakfast with us...get to know us. Observe
our equipment...how we transport it...how we
dress...how we paddle. You will learn a lot
and will be in a better position to make a good
- Q: What about Safety?
A: Good question! We are a safe group.
No deaths yet!
~You will always wear a lifejacket of course.
~Your boat will always be in good repair.
~You will know how to swim or let us know that you
~When paddling at night you will have a white light
in your boat, always.
- Q: What is an Eskimo Roll?
A: An Eskimo Roll is something that Lunartic
Jim does not know how to do (nor is he going to
learn). An Eskimo Roll is rolling your boat over
and then back upright without exiting the boat.
An Eskimo Roll can be extremely useful when paddling
in the ocean or on higher classed rivers and creeks.
The waters that we paddle do not require the paddler
to know how to do an Eskimo roll. When one of
us tips over in a river or creek we all work
together to get the paddler and h/her gear to shore
where the boat is emptied, the paddler reinserted,
It is true that if the paddler had known how to do
an Eskimo roll that the capsize would not have been
an incident. Everyone would have simply
continued downriver. On the other
hand...literally none of us knows how to do an
Eskimo roll and we have an absolutely great time
- Q: I don't have a boat. Where can
I get one?
A: Tough question.
There used to be kayak rental in Gold Beach and in
Bandon. Both have shut down. 'Google'
kayak rental. Perhaps you will need to bring a
kayak from where you live.
- Q: What is most important?
A: Attitude. We are a group of paddlers
enjoying the water. If you are not willing to
actively be a part of the group please don't join
us. We are not a group of complainers or
whiners. We are a group of happy folks who are
willing to be flexible and to help the paddler that
needs help. We have a good safe time.
- Q: Should I bring a lunch?
A: Yes. Paddling can be exhausting and
occasionally a very cold activity. Bring
nutrition. Bring a lunch. Be prepared.
- Q: What are the Google ads all about?
A: Hopefully the Google ads will enhance your
viewing experience. There is more to kayaking
than just this website. By placing the Google
ads on the website I am able to expose Lunartics
website viewers to more than I have here.
- Q: Are there grasses invading our waters?
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