Category Archives: Canoe & Kayak Schools

Canoe and Kayak Schools Begin 2016 Summer Program Registration

PaddleSchoolIt’s time to enjoy the wonderful rivers and lakes in our region.  We have the oldest regional school teaching paddling safety and skills.  In its 48th year, the Canoe and Kayak Schools is a program of the Miami Group of the Sierra Club, relying on local lakes or rivers throughout the summer.
The schools are open to adults and those 14 years and older.  They include traditional two-person canoe, solo kayaking on lakes or rivers,  touring/sea kayaking and standup paddleboard.
Class descriptions, fees and registration information are at

Sierra Club Opposes the Removal of Cowan Lake’s Ten Horsepower Restriction

The Executive Committee of the Miami Group, Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club is asking Michael Miller, Ohio Division of Natural Resources Acting Chief, Division of Watercraft and Deborah Green, Division of Watercraft to oppose the removal of Cowan Lake’s 10 Horsepower Restriction. Another dangerous lake in this area of SW Ohio is not needed.

The Sierra Club has long used this lake as a flat water venue for our paddle sports program including, Canoeing, Sea Kayak, Recreational Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board. The near absence of an upset risk from waves is much appreciated by students who have little if any paddling experience. Instructors to the paddle sports program understand how important this quality is to teaching on such an undisturbed lake and appreciate the lower risk.

The Sierra Club understands the importance of paddling in a lovely setting with the charm of waterfowl. the gentle sound  of water lapping. Why disturb this unique place? Why remove the charm and the quiet nature of Cowan Lake to the large number of people who today are using non-powered boats.

Contrast this with the dangers found on Ceasar’s Creek Lake and East Fork Lake – high potential of collisions with boaters and water skiers and large waves. Many lakes in SW Ohio offer high horsepower limits for people who seek the need for speed and the ability to enjoy their recreational use of high horsepower freedom. Leave Lake Cowan for the sailboat and canoe type boater who enjoys the tranquility only it can offer and act to preserve this treasure!

Lynn Frock & Scott Bushbaum -Sierra Club Miami Group

Adventure Summit – Wright State University – February 12-13, 2016

The Adventure Summit returns to Wright State University on February 12, 2016 and will run through February 13, 2016.

The Adventure Summit at Wright State University is located at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn OH 45435.

Among some competitive on-site games, this year’s Adventure Summit features “Dancing with the Stars” Finalist and paraolympian, Amy Purdy who is scheduled to speak.  Luke “Strider” Jordan, long distance backpacker and North Country Trail thru-hiker will also address attendees at the two day event.

The Sierra Club will table the event with current information for visitors. Look for us to offer information about the Paddlesports program and outdoor events such as hiking and biking events in SW Ohio.

Hotel and lodging are close by. The Holiday Inn – Fairborn Ohio is located at 2800 Presidential Dr. Fairborn OH 45324.  The phone number is 1-800-HOLIDAY.  The Red Roof Inn – Fairborn is also very close. The address is  2580 Col. Glenn Hwy. Fairborn OH 45324. The phone number is 937-426-6116.

The hyperlink below is the official link to the Adventure Summit webpage.


See you there!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Executive Committee / Miami Group


Congratulations to our Paddlesports Team

Emmy Fabich teaching in the Women's Introduction to Kayaking School
Emmy Fabich teaching in the Women’s Introduction to Kayaking School

Please join me to congratulate Emmy Fabich. She has become an approved 101 Outing Leader for the Sierra Club Paddlesport Program. She was co-leader for the River Kayak school, the Women’s Intro to kayaking and the Lake Recreational School.

Joining us as an instructor for the first time was Dene Berman. He taught in the River School and the Roll School. Greg Wolfe served as a mentor instructor for Emmy. Greg offered several canoe schools for the program.

Larry Bowdre was to join us again this year as an assisting instructor, got boats for us to use in a school, and at the last moment had a medical emergency which put him in the hospital. Fortunately it was resolved and he will be able to help with the Sept school.

Roll School students and instructors
Roll School students and instructors

Amy Dingle, Nicky Haar, Dene Berman and John Randolph conducted our first Roll School in many years. They had to work around thunder showers but were able to complete the
course. Dene lost a precious watch but a friend of his who is a diver came to the rescue. It was a water watch and a gift.

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Nicky and Amy – the co-leaders of Roll School

Amy and Nicky had become approved 101 Outing Leaders earlier in the spring.

Lois Logan served as an assisting instructor in two of the schools. It is great to have her join us bringing years of experience.

Lynn Frock served as co-leader in several of the schools in a support role for the new lead instructors.

Pat Foreman and Martha Gitt joined us as apprentice instructors. Martha taught in 2 of the schools and will teach in the touring school. Martha is now an assisting instructor with us. Both of these women are excellent in their working with students.

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Dene and Amy showing a rescue technique

Eric Dahlstrom has also joined our kayak schools as an assisting instructor. One of his interests is Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP).

We have many excellent photos as Ben Kaufman was willing to attend all the schools with his many lenses.

Ben also served as the coordinator of the safety kayakers for the Open Water Swim Championship filling in for Doug King, who had to work.

Martha Gitt, Larry Bowdre and Jim Ray also attended. Nathan Ruggles wanted to join in – but he is moving away from Cincinnati. There were several rescues of the swimmers as well as a lunch and t-shirt as a thank you.

All of our kayak schools had full registrations and some with a wait list. So, we have lots of new kayakers who are wanting to get on the water. Invite them along with you!

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John Randolph teaching a hip snap

We have a Touring Kayaking School in September. I hope you can join us. Let’s fill it too.

We used Get-me-Registered this year for the first time. It is an online registration process. While I had some doubts about switching to it, the use of it proved to be easy and certainly reduces the work related to registration.

None of these schools would happen without publicity.  Donna Loughry’s professional publicity skills includes the development of the materials and the website. Ben Kaufman places publicity materials in many locations; thanks also to the many others who help him.

We have so many stores and websites that allow us to place our publicity materials.  There are so many people and businesses that allow us the opportunity to rent or donate the use of boats, meeting spaces, lakes and gear.  Camp Kern, Cruising on East Fork, D and D Outfitters, Whitewater Warehouse, Xavier University, Wright State University all supplied boats this year!

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and your love of paddling and for wanting to share that love with students.


Kayaking and Canoeing Schools! Roll School & Stand-Up Paddleboard too!

Miami Group of the Sierra Club is pleased to offer Kayaking and Canoeing schools for the 47th straight year! The 2015 schools include: recreational, coastal and river kayaking for beginning and novice paddlers.  Roll school and Stand-Up Paddleboard schools are also offered!  These schools will occur in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas.   Class size is kept small to insure a lot of personal instruction.  Instructors follow ACA course outlines.

  • Beginning Canoe – May 20 or June 3
  • Essentials of River Kayaking – June 6 and 7
  • Beginning Kayaking for Women – June 27
  • Lake Recreational Kayaking – July 11
  • Roll School for River/Sea Kayaks – July 19
  • Essentials of Touring Kayaking – September 12

For details about each school and how to register go to  Email: [email protected] or call 513.321-3187