Finally I'm writing the first post! What's the occasion? Tomorrow's kayak rescue/safety class in the pool over at Wesleyan. I've got 5 kayakers, some of them at novice level coming to learn how to get in and out of kayaks, wet exit, self-rescue, and assist others who need rescue. We'll play with various toys such as pumps and paddle floats, and even recover sinking kayaks!!
All 5 participants are from a local kayak meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/Hampton-Roads-Kayaking/). The meetup has been incredibly active this past year, I'm always stoked when people pursue increasing their skills, particularly when they're shooting for being safer.