I'm often asked by parents if I'll teach their child to kayak. The answer is Yes! I love teaching the river keepers of tomorrow.
It's been my experience that it's best if the child is eight or nine years old and at or near one hundred pounds. The limiting factors are the ability to sit inside a kayak and clear the side of the boat to paddle. The weight is to ensure secondary stability displacing water when the child is in the boat.
I love writing stores about Quiet Heroes - people doing extraordinary things with their life who, if recognized, inspire us all. For example, I wrote a story about a woman who charged only $1 an hour to keep children with special needs AND she required that parents leave the child for at least twenty-four hours. As the mother of a special needs child, she'd learned the value of a parent's need for respite.
If you know a Quiet Hero that has not been recognized or if you are one, please contact me. I'd be happy to write your story and find a way to get it published.