|Delmarvakayak.net is simply a aggregator for
local kayaking news and information. The name was chosen to reflect
the geographic area by that same name, with hopes that the site will
eventually represent the entire peninsula. Right now original
content tends to be strongly based in Southern Delaware, the area local to
the webmaster, Chris Beckman. "Write what cha know". We gladly
post other's work, but you have to send it to us. Pay is good, life
long gratitude and twice what I pay myself, which is two beers at Dogfish
The site was created in response to a need about 10 years ago.
It was for years hosted as part of my free web space from my ISP server.
In Jan of 08 we went "official" and in July added delmarvakayak.com
too, as the Milton Theater had put out thousands of brochures for the
Broadkill Race out with that url. There are several local kayaking
message boards, our favorite is
but there is also
Chesapeake Paddlers Association, and
JSSKA. There are
several smaller groups too. Except for CPA you need to be a member of
one of these groups to get any information. So this site with its
popular Current Events page was
founded as a place that would show up quickly on Google and be an easy place
to find local information paddler. I hope we have achieved that goal.
A second goal of the site is to help promote paddling safety.
Especially as it pertains to cold water. Our waters around here are
inviting 12 months out of the year, but for 8 of those months much of the
water is deceivably cold. Cold enough to quickly render a swimmer
incapacitated. Each year we loose a few paddlers, fishermen, or duck
hunters who capsize and drown. So see our
Cold Water pages;
And wear your life jackets, please.
As stated this site is
an independent site, and not officially affiliated with any group, message
board, organization or paddling related business. I do occasionally
help Coastal Kayaks out
with tours, in return they help me put on safety and rescue sessions.
I've been know to help Quest Fitness too and will show up as a safety
kayaker for places like Survival Products and Chesapeake Light Craft.
The Delmarva Paddlers
Retreat is a separate entity, not associated with this website or
the message board of the same name. They were first to use the name.
And I help there too, and wouldn't miss it.
The site is non-commercial and fully funded by Beckman, much to the
wife's disgust. We may perhaps pick up some local sponsorship, it will
however not be anyone associated with the kayaking business and will be
clearly noted as a sponsor. I try to be as unbiased as possible.
I'm an old grey-bearded curmudgeon so that's not always easy. I
however am easy, feed me and buy a beer or two and I'll post your event.
Of course if it has to do with local paddling I'd have posted it anyway, but
food and beer's good too. Especially sausage sandwiches.
I hope you enjoy the site, and some of the local content. See you
on the water and be sure to say HI.
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