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Paddling

Pertaining in some way to paddling/boating/floating.

Should the Berkshire Chapter Change its Name?

Western Massachusetts region

We need your feedback now.

We are asking our members to share your thoughts on a potential chapter name change.

Quietwater Paddling

Marsh canoeing

"Quietwater" paddling means scenic canoeing or kayaking on lakes, ponds, and relatively calm rivers. Western Massachusetts has some splendid rivers and lakes for quietwater canoeing. We'll take you there, and we can even help provide you with a boat and gear.

Whitewater River Gauges

As time and attention span permits, we hope to list more river level and release schedule information here. In the meantime, here are some useful links to river level and release schedule information:

Some specific gauges for local rivers:

Whitewater Paddling

Whitewater paddling means canoeing and kayaking

Norm Sims winter paddling

We are happy to have new paddlers join us. Whitewater paddling screening and possibly training is mandatory for participation. Whitewater training is available through local whitewater schools, through Berkshire Chapter's sometime-annual whitewater training program, or through training programs by other AMC chapters.

COVID-19 Resources for Activity Leaders

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely.

The resumption of activities will occur in phases. Effective June 22, AMC is in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Online Refresher Training for Chapter Activity Leaders

The Berkshire and Worcester Chapter outdoor leadership instructors teamed up to provide a series of refreshers seminars for existing leaders during June and July 2020. These topics are updated with the most recent information from AMC’s Outdoor Learning Institute and the Leadership Requirements and Guidelines.

Volunteer-led Activities to Resume after June 22nd

Although the COVID 19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. 

On June 22 we will begin offering volunteer-led activities in small groups employing social distancing measures. Group size will be capped at ten (10) participants including leaders. Activity leaders are receiving training on new trip safety protocols and procedures. 

Paddling 101: How To Pick a Boat

Paddling 101: How To Pick A Boat

By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

Paddling is a fun and exciting activity. You want to be out on the water more. But how do you pick the right boat for you? This how-to article focuses on the selection of a boat and the different factors that go into the decision-making, including: location, materials, and size. In the last section of this article, there is a list of a few different boat options with their specifics.

Location

The most important factor of picking a boat is where you will be boating.

Online Refresher Training for Chapter Activity Leaders

As restrictions ease up across Massachusetts, the AMC Berkshire and Worcester Chapters are teaming up to offer a series of online refresher seminars for current activity leaders.

Date: 
Repeats every week every Thursday 8 times.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

FACILITY AND PROGRAM CLOSURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Many weeks now into the COVID-19 pandemic, our situation in the Northeast remains fluid, with states still sorting out their individual plans for easing restrictions on travel and gatherings post-Memorial Day. AMC currently intends to open most properties and programs on July 1, with exceptions noted on this page.

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