Although Robb Koscho had been aging gracefully in the restaurant industry for 25 years, getting out on the water has been his passion since childhood.
Robb and his wife Stephanee have spent many years teaching people how to kayak safely on rivers or on larger waters like Lake Erie. They are both certified by the American Canoe Association with an Adaptive Endorsement, as well. Their Adaptive Program will be getting underway in Ohio soon!
It started as a hobby for Robb and Stephanee Koscho, imagining that they would start a “club” of sorts, but now Loco Yaks (Lorain County Kayak & Paddlesports Group) has grown to a non-profit (501 c3) organization and you can easily donate to their cause by going to their website www.locoyaks.com. Please consider contributing to their worthy cause.
Loco Yaks leads guided trips and sunset tours on the Black River, Lake Erie, and other waterways. They believe what they offer is “magical” and they enjoy teaching about water safety in schools, children’s groups, and adult organizations.
Loco Yaks educates the public on how to respect our water. Not only do they want people to avert tragedy by understanding water recreation safety, but Robb says we have to keep our waterways clean to keep ourselves safe and healthy.
Keeping water clean includes more than you might think… storm drains, litter, doggie doo, and even balloon releases. Robb and Stephanee spearhead the annual spring Black River Cleanup and they encourage everyone to get involved with this project or other ones like this, no matter where you live!
At 13:40, Robb describes different types of kayaks and how you might choose a type that’s the best fit for you.
At 15:40 Robb talks about potential problems on the water and how you can avert many of them by planning in advance.
Big thank you to Robb from Aging Gracefully for these kayaking tips:
- Everyone should wear a well-fitted life jacket.
- Take a kayaking class if possible or go on the water with someone who has experience.
- If you’re going to kayak alone, let a friend know in advance when and where you’re going and give an estimated time of return. Then, remember to make the call or text to your friend upon returning safely.
- If you’re a beginner, you might consider staying especially close to shore, but be mindful of rocks and jet skis.
- Wear a whistle in case you need help. Consider taking sunscreen and a waterproof floating pouch to hold your cell phone, keys or money.
- Wear water shoes or shoes that can/ probably will get wet.
Is kayaking safe for older adults?
Robb says it’s great for aging adults!
Just be mindful of your limitations. That might be a shoulder problem, sciatic issue, or old injury so you just need to know when enough is enough. Getting OUT of the kayak is likely to be the biggest challenge. Robb says he plans ahead to “crawl” out of his kayak, knowing that his legs might be rather numb after he’s been out on the water for a length of time. Plan ahead to get wet!
Robb’s Ageless Advice promotes respect and community service. He has an uplifting attitude that will make you feel good and do good as YOU are aging gracefully!
Please share your thoughts with Robb, Stephanee, and LocoYaks in the comment box below.
Have you been kayaking before?
Are you mindful of water safety?
Have you let fear hold you back from doing something fun like kayaking? I hope that watching this interview with Robb will help you reconsider!