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By popular request. And just as quickly as we could do it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together and give a big welcome to...

...our new Waterproof Case for Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Now available for purchase:

Introducing our new range of TrailProof™ Drybags!

There are 4 sizes: 7-litre, 15-litre, 25-litre and a whacking 70-litre. 

They're not going to be available in stores till Christmas, but they are available - from today - on

The Aquapac TrailProof range now comprises 4 drybags, 3 duffels, and 2 backpacks!

Inner City Kids Kayaking Camp 2014

A blog by Dr Jessie Stone, Aquapac Outdoor Champion 2014

Teaching people to kayak is something I love to do, and exposing kids to kayaking who would never otherwise have the opportunity is a very special and unique experience that has been the highlight of my teaching career over the years. Add to that that these students may or may not have any idea what kayaking is and some cannot swim, and you have all the ingredients for a great adventure and a successful kids’ kayaking camp. This year was our 10th year of doing these camps, and every year it is more and more fun to do. Hopefully, we will be able to do these camps long into the future.

For the past two years, we have been working with the Graham Windham School in Yonkers, New York (prior to that we were working with the Boys and Girls Harbor Upward Bound Program in NYC). Again this year, we had two Graham Windham teachers joining our group, Danielle and Ms Borbone. Both of whom did very well and really enjoyed the experience. It’s always wonderful to have teachers alongside their students learning to kayak and sharing that experience with them. The kids this year ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included Tanisha, Chantal, Laysha, Sharon, Catherine, TJ, Hassan, and Daniel. These kids went from not knowing what whitewater or whitewater kayaking was to being able to paddle their kayaks successfully downstream through rapids, catching eddies along the way. Two of them even learned successful rolls! Everyone learned good paddling strokes and bracing skills. They were introduced to a whole new world out there that started in the swimming pool at Graham Windham.

One of the best things about this camp is that the participants get to be challenged, pushed out of their comfort zones to learn a new skill in a safe and fun environment. In order to progress to the next day’s activities they have to master what we teach them on that day, so they are repeatedly challenged and pushed to do something that seems scary, succeed at it, and then move on to the next step. They experience success hand in hand with fun and exhilaration, but none of it is possible unless they are willing to trust and take a risk. No one is helping them paddle their kayaks – they do that themselves. Kayaking is an individual activity but always done as part of a group. In order for the whole thing to work everyone needs to participate, so each member of the camp is a member of a larger kayaking team.

Apart from learning new skills and a new sport, kayaking opens up a whole new world for these kids and teachers – the world of the outdoors and rivers – something that they would never otherwise see and experience. Fear of dirt, plants, and wild creatures at the beginning of the week turns to curiosity and interest in the natural world. All of this happens alongside learning to kayak. For some, it really sparks an interest to become lifelong kayakers. For others, just the experience of trying something new and potentially scary gives them a positive boost that they will hopefully carry forward in their lives. And for all, fear of what’s in the out of doors turns to a new appreciation of things previously scary or unknown.

What makes this all possible is the group’s willingness to participate 100% even if they are not sure what the outcome will be. Instead of fear of what bad might happen, we focus on what good and what fun can be had. No one sets the tone better for this than EJ – we are always super lucky to have his joy and passion for teaching and sharing his love of paddling with all the students and for that matter with every person he comes in contact with. It’s just the way he is and it rubs off on everyone around him. His enthusiasm is contagious! Courtney and Dane, two of our other instructors, were great additions to the camp this year. Everyone loved to see what each could do in their boats as well as having them as instructors! Certainly we could not have completed the camp without the help of numerous volunteers – Kristine Jackson, Dave and Paula Saaf, Andy Khulberg, Rob Piaggoli, and Caitlyn Green. And a huge thank you to Jackson Kayak and Aquapac who provided necessary support to make the camp happen as well as fantastic graduation gifts!! We look forward to more kids and teachers learning to kayak next year!! Thank you to everyone who made this possible!!!

New Product Alert!

Today we launched our new range of TrailProof Duffels.

There are 3 sizes: 40-litre, 70-litre, and 90-litre.

These are tough and simple drybags which allow you to pack and go, wherever you need to go.

They are made from tough 500D vinyl to withstand all the knocks that you experience on the trail.

It's really simple to seal them, just roll the top down 3 times.

Four compression straps help make a great waterproof seal.

And we've added simple integral carry handles.

Go to > Explore Product Range > New Products to check them out!

Help Save the Nile! - a post by Aquapac Outdoor Champion Jessie Stone

On my most recent trip to Uganda, I arrived just in time for terrorist warnings at the Entebbe airport. Luckily, I had no idea about the warnings until well after I had landed, cleared customs, and left the airport. Since the first major and most devastating terrorist attack had occurred during the Football World Cup Finals 4 years ago in a sports bar and Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala, the return of the World Cup also meant the return of worrying about what might happen. Thank goodness Soft Power Health’s home village of Kyabirwa, also home to the NRE campsite, is not a particularly populated hub of activity even when it is busy, and hopefully would not rate high on the list of prime targets for terrorists. It also happens to be far away from any big towns or cities.

As always, it was great to be back in Uganda and just in time for 4th of July. Every Peace Corps volunteer from Uganda showed up for 4th of July festivities at NRE and it was quite a celebration – it reminded me of the heyday of the infamous NRE bar.

Along with catching up on a number of Soft Power Health projects, including making sure our summer volunteers were settled into their research tasks, following up on a number of community patients and visiting a number of outreach programs, I did get some good paddling in! It’s always good to be back on the Nile – I appreciate being able to paddle there so much. Between the quality of paddling and play features, the warm water, the beauty of the river, and the easy access, there really is no place like it. So, it was very sad to learn that the largest of three proposed dams to be built at the rapid known as Malalu has been approved for construction.

This is extremely disappointing but not totally surprising. Anyone who has spent time in Africa knows that supposed rules of law are rarely applied and enforced. In this particular case, when the Silverback dam was constructed, which made Bujagali Falls a lake, an offset agreement was signed between the World Bank and the government of Uganda to preserve an area of the Nile that includes Itanda Falls and approximately 25 kilometers of the Nile and its riverbanks below Itanda. The Dam at Malalu also known as the Isimba dam would not produce much power whether the largest or smallest dam is selected to be built. This dam is really an interim way to cover small power needs until the Karuma Dam is completed much farther down stream. The Karuma dam is a very large power project and will be finished in approximately 7 years. The Isimba dam is to be fast tracked and completed in 2½ years – really soon!

In the Isimba case, the smallest dam of the three options would preserve the Kalagala offset agreement and supply power as an interim measure albeit slightly less power than the medium or large sized dams. Although the word in Uganda is that the largest dam has been selected at Isimba, nothing is written in stone yet – and so if any of you reading this blog want to help, please email/write to SATU (Save Adventure Tourism in Uganda: Wordpress page; Facebook page), or Kayak the Nile, or Nile River Explorers, and sign the petition to save the Nile – the more people that express interest in saving the Nile, the bigger voice we have. In addition, if anyone reading this has news/publicity connections and wants to help, please get in touch and help spread the word! The fight to save the Nile is far from over and every person’s voice can help!! Finally, make sure you come see and paddle this magnificent river before it becomes a lake!

[Dr Jessie Stone is Aquapac Outdoor Champion 2014]