Southern Arizona Paddlers Club Members are Active Educators, Helpers, Fun-Seekers

Rough Riders on the Arkansas RiverPhoto by SAPC

'ROUGH RIDERS' -- Tommy James (on the left) and Chip Arnberg are shown
running the rapids during the Fibark Festival two years ago on the Royal
Gorge section, a high-class run. This year's Fibark Festival on the Arkansas
River is set for June 15-July 4 in Salido, Colo.

Compiled From SAPC Web Site

The purpose of the Southern Arizona Paddlers Club (SAPC), home-based in Tucson, is to foster and support activities related to canoeing, kayaking, and rafting.

Also the purpose is to provide a forum for exchanging information and sharing resources pertaining to these activities, to promote education and training in boating skills and safety, to encourage sound environmental and conservation policies and practices with specific attention to protecting river, lake, coastal resources and access and, to have fun.

They are also involved in several community-service activities, such as helping a group of Girl Scouts get their canoeing and camping merit badges.

Club meetings are held the second Monday of every other month starting January of the calendar year.

Meetings are normally held at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 555 N. Greasewood Rd., Tucson, across the road (west) from Pima Community College.

Doors open around 6 p.m. for networking, and meetings start at 7 p.m. 

There is usually a discussion and/or slide show presentation (after the club business) given by guest speakers or club members relating to the sport of paddling, safety, paddling destinations, trip reports, etc.

Upcoming meeting dates for 2006 are July 10, Sept. 11, and Nov. 13.

Trips are also planned, and at press time, the next scheduled is June 15-July 4, in Salida, Colo.: the FIBARK Festival on the Arkansas River. For more information, contact Tommy James at

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