Building Kayaks: Our First Test Float

Our year-long endeavor to build kayaks from scratch passed a big milestone last Friday: our first test float! We headed up to Abiquiu Reservoir with our boats. Our partners at the US Army Corps of Engineers let us borrow some of their loaner life jackets (If you’re ever up at Abiquiu, check it out! You can borrow a life jacket for free!).

As soon as the students arrived, the wind picked up. With overcast skies and water temperatures in the 40s, we were all really motivated to stay dry.

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First things first: discussing safety in the water
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Trying on a life jacket

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“Who wants to go first?” “ME!!!”

Our students couldn’t believe that the day had arrived. We found out that none of them actually expected the kayaks to float! Fortunately, they were wrong.

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First kayak away

We were lucky to have a few sets of parents show up to watch this initial boat launch. They watched from shore as our students got comfortable paddling around in a sheltered cove.

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Big smiles on every face

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Many thanks to one of our fantastic moms for taking this photo of the entire group!

Our kayaks turned out beautifully, and they performed well on this test float. We’re really looking forward to our next class when (we hope) the weather will be better so that we can explore the lake ecosystem using human power!

Stay tuned for video from this outing!

 

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