My first name is Tim. I live in Victoria, BC, Canada. We have a well established rowing community here that regularly trains on a placid ocean inlet and on a nearby lake. There is also an outfit that rents little ocean going row boats, one or two person, that have sliding seats and swiveling oars. A buddy of mine is a member at this club and has offered to take me out. I guess he is 'certified' to 'safety train' me in these little boats, although he chuckles about this as there isn't a formal process. He rowed in college, so I guess they think he's good-to-go. I understand they are deeper hulled craft, big enough to pack a day's worth of picnic supplies, and the wife, in and to chug out to some of the little islands in our area.
There is also an abundance of kayakers around. I've tried kayaking a few times and didn't get the hang of righting myself from being upside down in the water. I don't do a lot of swimming and seemed to get a little too stressed out. Ocean kayaking just looks like a boring thing to do and the back and forth motion of the little boats grinds on my lower back. There are lots of guys around who use river kayaks in the ocean surf though, and that looks to be right up my alley, as does river kayaking You know, something a fella should wear a helmet to do
Argh, there I go, getting all excited about high risk sporting activities again
I REALLY want to learn how to kite surf! did 10k today, 42:30, a minute better than my last attempt... slowly it improves.