Broaden Your Horizons With Kayaking 101

COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, June 19

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Looking for a new hobby this summer?

On Saturday, the Cold Spring Harbor Library has got you covered.

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kevin Stiegelmaier, an author from Setauket, will join the library for an “Introduction to Kayaking” presentation.

The program is part of the library’s effort to offer programs that appeal to outdoorsmen and that feature the island’s natural landscape, under the tagline, “Broadening Our Horizons.”

Stiegelmaier, a science teacher at Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School in Setauket, began kayaking a few years ago and said that it eventually led to him writing guide books on his new-found hobby.

Today, Stiegelmaier has two works to his credit, “Canoeing and Kayaking New York” and “Paddling Long Island and New York City;” both of which will be available for purchase on Saturday.

“The books go over how and where you can go kayaking on Long Island and in New York,” Stiegelmaier said. “With sea kayaking a possibility, you can basically go anywhere on Long Island; but there are also four rivers on the island.”

On Saturday, with summer quickly approaching, Stiegelmaier hopes to provide all those in attendance with a few tips they’ll need to get started.

“I’m going to get into the basic gear you need and some more gear that you don’t necessarily need, but that might be useful to have when kayaking,” Stiegelmaier said. “I’ll also talk about places to shop, what to look for in a boat, along with some useful websites and info.”

With “so many people unsure where to go around here” to kayak, as Stiegelmaier said, Saturday just may be the perfect opportunity to broaden Long Islanders’ horizons.

Kevin Stiegelmaier, author of "Paddling Long Island and New York City," will be at Cold Spring Harbor Library this Saturday for a special "Introduction to Kayaking" presentation and book signing.
Kevin Stiegelmaier, author of “Paddling Long Island and New York City,” will be at Cold Spring Harbor Library this Saturday for a special “Introduction to Kayaking” presentation and book signing.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, June 19, 2014;  A22)

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