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Guy Riordan Speaks: Building a Kayaking Safety Kit

In Outdoor Adventures on April 30, 2011 at 10:49 am

Guy Riordan

According to Guy Riordan, kayaking is a great experience that comes with great responsibility. A former United States Marine and gaming preserve owner, Guy Riordan is passionate about the outdoors. “Kayaking is a sincere love of mine and through the years I have learned some valuable tips on how to build an appropriate safety kit,” reports Guy Riordan. According to Guy Riordan, one hopes to never need to use safety training or safety kits, but “just in case” an outdoorsman is well-advised to be prepared.

A safety kit, according to Guy Riordan, is simple to construct. “There are some items that are pretty standard to have in the kit,” explains Guy Riordan. In case of an accident a boater will want antiseptic cream, band-aids of varying sizes and bandages/gauze. “A number of minor accidents can take place in the kayak or even when the kayak is still docked on shore,” points out Guy Riordan. With those items it is important to have aspirin or ibuprofen, along with some form of antacid. “These items help with pains of a different kind,” says Guy Riordan. Burn cream may also be necessary “as it is easy to get a bad sunburn off the water,” describes Guy Riordan.

Several other items that Guy Riordan recommends in a safety kit are energy related. “Kayaking is both emotionally and physically draining,” states Guy Riordan. “So having something to eat to boost your sugar is important,” adds Guy Riordan. While some recommend sugared candy, Guy Riordan recommends a healthier alternative such as an energy bar. “It is possible for a person to eat a great meal, hit the water and lose it all due to motion sickness,” explains Guy Riordan. Adds Guy Riordan, “An hour later their sugar will drop and they will be in need of an energy boost to continue the route.”

To construct the safety kit, Guy Riordan suggests purchasing a waterproof box. “This is important to keep all the items dry,” explains Guy Riordan. After putting the items in that box, place the box in a Ziplock sealable plastic bag. “You can use one bag or three bags, it is up to the boater,” comments Guy Riordan.

On longer, extended trips simply add a few more items to the kit. “I suggest taking an ice pack for sore muscles or other injuries,” says Guy Riordan. Guy Riordan also recommends bringing a change of dry clothes, a thermal blanket and a lighter. “You will need a lighter to make the night time camp fire or in case of emergency and you need to stay warm,” concludes Guy Riordan.

About Guy Riordan

In 1969, Guy Riordan began a life of service as he joined the United Sates Marine Corp. For the next three years of the Vietnam War era, Guy Riordan would serve as crew chief for Sikorsky helicopters earning the rank of corporal. Following his faithful service in the Marine Corp, Guy Riordan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Albuquerque, graduating Cum Laude. Later, Guy Riordan would attend the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Following Pepperdine, Guy Riordan began working his way through the financial and securities industry. From 1982 to 1984, Guy Riordan served clients from his position with Quinn and Company, a New York Stock Exchange member firm. In 1984, Guy Riordan joined Raucher, Pierce and Refsnes, later moving to Albuquerque AG Edwards in 1989. In 1994, Guy Riordan joined the team of Southwest Securities. Beginning in 1997, Guy Riordan spent the next decade with First Union/Wachovia Securities, servicing clients in the greater Albuquerque New Mexico area.

During this time, Guy Riordan began to pursue another personal passion, boxing. From 2002 to 2005 Guy Riordan Boxing promoted some of the biggest names in the sport. Guy Riordan’s boxing client list included three-time world champion Danny Romero and six-time world champion Johnny Tapia. In addition, Guy Riordan co-promoted NABF heavyweight champion Taurus Sykes. Guy Riordan co-promoted a NABF/NABA heavyweight championship bout between Sykes and heavyweight champion Samuel Peters, featured in 2005 on the Showtime Cable Network. Rounding out his resume of boxing promotion, Guy Riordan was a co-owner of Maloof Brothers Boxing with Sacramento Kings’ famed Joe and Gavin Maloof.

Guy Riordan has always held civic duty as important. As a life long resident of Albuquerque, Guy Riordan worked on the Board of Directors for the Hispano Chamber of Commerce. For three years, Guy Riordan also served as a board member for the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. Guy Riordan’s life of service would continue into the state government arena of public service.

A former elected commissioner of the La Joya Water Association, Guy Riordan returned to his college alma mater as a member of the University of Albuquerque Foundation, serving for five years from 1982 – 1985. Guy Riordan would later continue his life of public service through numerous positions and appointments. Guy Riordan holds real estate licenses in both New Mexico and Florida and has served as a governor appointee of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. Guy Riordan was also a mayoral appointee, serving on the Albuquerque/Chihuahua Bilateral Commission, was a gubernatorial appointee as Commissioner for the Judicial Nominating Commission as well as the New Mexico Governors Educational Retirement Board Task Force. Guy Riordan was also given the opportunity to expand his passion for the outdoors by receiving gubernatorial appointment and Senate confirmation to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission. Riordan was later elected as chairman of the Game and Fish Commission.

An avid outdoorsman, Guy Riordan holds a Master Captains License from the U.S. Coast Guard. A former owner of Rancho De La Joya Game Preserve, Guy Riordan provided an area for upland game hunting along the banks of the beautiful Rio Grande River. Guy Riordan’s shooting preserve provided clients with the ability to hunt quail, pheasant, chuckar, snow geese, and ducks and Canadian geese. Guy Riordan’s Rancho De La Joya Game Preserve offered a fully automated sporting clays and five-stand course. Guy Riordan’s love of the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and kayaking have positioned him on national television shows including Jimmy Houston and Wayne Pierson Outdoors. Guy Riordan also owns http://www.adventurefishing.com

The first love and passion of Guy Riordan is, however, his family. Married for over twenty-four years, Guy Riordan and wife have laid the foundation of their lives on each other and their children. Guy Riordan and his family reside outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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