I'm Bert - at least that's what my friends call
me. I am a paddle sports enthusiast, among other things.
As a life - long Vermonter, I first got hooked
on paddling when I was a boy scout, and I have been an avid paddler ever
My first kayaking experience was an overnight
campout here, on the Lamoille River. With the help of our dad, my
brother, friends and myself built these 10 foot canvas - covered kayaks
in our basement. What an adventure at thirteen !
I started racing canoes while in high school,
in an eighteen foot six inch aluminum Grumann canoe which
my buddy Landon, and I shared - as well as my brother and dad.
In college, I competed in my first American
Canoe Association White Water Open Canoe National Championship and
Downriver. Since that first nationals, I have medalled around a dozen
times, including winning my first national title in 1999.
I have been running the Champlain Valley Canoe
and Kayak series [C.V.C.K.S.] for fifteen years. The C.V.C.K.S. is a
Tuesday night fun race series attended by some of the finest paddlers
anywhere. Many national champions, former Olympians, and U.S. Team
paddlers make it a part of their summer. Competition can be intense, and
the workout is always good. All is done in a very relaxed atmosphere of
fun and comradeship.
Berts Boats hopes you will get on
the water with us so we can share our love for the paddle sports with
you and yours. As an American Canoe Association Certified Instructor, I
am going to see to it that you'll learn more about canoeing and kayaking
than you ever imagined - whether you go on a day tour, take a lesson, or
So, whether you're a new paddler or an experienced
one, please give us a call, Our goal is your enjoyment so you will be
back and want to bring your friends.
Hope to meet you soon,