Thursday, January 8, 2009

Surprise visit from a distinguished kayaker...

Tom Nickels graced us with his first visit to Sea Kayak Carolina this week. I had the great pleasure to paddle with Tom, Charlton DuRant, and William Seabrook from the Folly River landing, out around Bird Key into the ocean, and back into the Folly River. It was a beautiful way to start the week! It was a paddle I had often done with Tom, and words cannot express how happy I was to be on the ocean with him, on our old stompin' grounds.

Tom is an American Canoe Association Open Water Instructor Trainer, and a British Canoe Union Sea Assessor, Coach Level 3 A-1. He trained with Nigel Dennis at the Centre in Anglessey, Wales a few years back.

Tom currently is the Sea Kayak Director at Potomac Paddlesports in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. There is some talk about the new administration making Tom the national sea kayak czar, but for now Tom is happy at Potomac Paddlesports and as an occasional traveling kayak instructor.

The gang at Sea Kayak Carolina looks forward to collaborative efforts with Potomac Paddlesports and our good friend Tom Nickels. Contact Tom at to say hello.

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