April 2017

Paddle Antrim Offers Kayaking Classes


Paddle Antrim is excited to offer two different types of kayaking classes this summer in Antrim County. They will offer two half-day sessions of the Fundamentals of Kayaking. This is a great class for beginners or for those who have been paddling for a while and want to learn basic safety skills and improve technique. They will also offer a more intensive all day Level 1 and 2 Coastal Kayaking class which will cover additional technique and safety skills. Both classes will include both land and water instruction.

“Paddling season is almost here and safety on the water is a high priority for us,” says Deana Jerdee, executive director of Paddle Antrim. “We are pleased to be able to offer these great opportunities locally to give people the information and skills they need to have a fun and safe time out on the water.”

Both classes are American Canoe Association certified courses and will be led by Michael Gray of Uncommon Adventures who has almost 30 years of experience. Classes are limited, with a maximum student to teacher ratio of 5 to 1, ensuring great interaction and instruction.  Both half-day Fundamentals of Kayaking classes will be on June 15th in Central Lake and registration is $95. The full day Level 1 and 2 Coastal Kayaking class will be June 14th in Ellsworth with registration set at $155.

For registration or additional information, go online http://www.paddleantrim.com/events-calendar or contact Paddle Antrim at info@paddleantrim.com or 231-492-0171.


Spring 2017 Ripple Effect Grant Applications Being Accepted

Paddle Antrim is accepting applications for their bi-annual Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program. This competitive grant program funds projects that protect the waterways and connect people to them. Potential projects must focus on stewardship, education, or increasing accessibility to the lakes and rivers.

“There are so many wonderful existing and emerging projects that are being implemented by other non-profits and local governments,” says Deana Jerdee, executive director. “This grant program provides a great way for us to help achieve our mission by collaborating with other organizations instead of duplicating efforts.”

To date, Paddle Antrim has awarded almost $10,000. Examples of past projects include a kayak slide in Alden, water quality testing equipment, and a hands on stream table. Projects must be focused on the Elk River Chain of Lakes watershed or adjacent watersheds which impact Antrim County. Eligible applicants include Michigan-based non-profit organizations or governmental entities.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday May 12, 2017 to be considered. More information can be found online at www.paddleantrim.com/ripple-effect.