About the AMC Boston Paddlers

We believe that everyone was born under a water sign. We feel that the surest path to happiness is not a path at all but is found in the foam on a bow wake, in the curl of a wave, at the top of every eddy line, and in the quiet solitude found when floating on a lake at sunset. We think that a great day is one spent floating and boating and playing with friends. 

We have Sea Kayakers, Whitewater Boaters, Canoeists, Stand-Up Paddle Boarders, and even a few regular swimmers. In the AMC’s Boston Chapter Paddling Committee it doesn’t matter where you come from or how many years you have on the water (if any). What matters is your desire to experience the world from a floating perch and wanting to do it with great people. We don’t require membership or a secret handshake to paddle with us. We care about the experience, being outdoors, and building the paddling community.

  • Each year from early spring through the fall we run organized paddling trips for canoes, kayaks, and SUPs (we are not a rafting outfitter), on whitewater rivers, the ocean, and flat-water destinations near Boston and throughout New England.
  • Throughout the spring and summer months we offer a full program of paddling instruction that includes basic through intermediate skills as well as safety & rescue.
  • We support conservation activities and local outreach. We believe in the communities around us and in leaving a better paddling environment than the one we found.
  • Our bad jokes, great trips, and positive attitudes are free for all who paddle with us.

You do not need to be a member of the AMC to paddle with us! All our work is done by volunteers serving both the members of our club and the public in general.

Our Leadership Team

Jeff "Packy" Pacuska

Jeff 'Packy' Pacuska

Committee Chairman
Jeff started paddling white water in 2001 with the AMC and began working as an assistant instructor and trip leader the following season. In addition to the AMC, Jeff has taught with Zoar Outdoor and EMS Paddling School. Prior to taking on the Chairman's role, Jeff was Instructional Lead and Coordinator for the White Water group.

Jeff Barrell

Co-Chair
Jeff started out paddling white water rivers in the western states. Since moving to New England he spends his time paddling the ocean tides and currents. He enjoys paddling Boston Harbor and Woods Hole but particularly enjoys kayak camping on Maine islands (and group cooking). His goal is to share fun and adventure with other like-minded people.

Al Daggett

Treasurer
Al has been paddling sea kayaks since 2011 and is always looking for an excuse to get out on the ocean. He holds ACA Trip Leader and ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor certifications as well as SOLO Wilderness First Aid certification. He is actively working toward ACA L4 and BCU Sea Leader awards.

Marty Jensen

Web & Digital Media
Marty's first kayak was a skin-on-frame kit he built with his Dad when he was 14. He's been paddling small boats ever since. He has been an AMC member for more years than he can remember but only recently started volunteering as a sea kayak trip leader. He holds ACA Trip Leader and ACA L2 Coastal Kayak Instructor certifications.
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