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Liability Waiver

Don P.
user 13711758
Group Organizer
Nicholasville, KY
Post #: 109
Hopefully, by now, everyone understands how this meetup thing works. The organizers, co-organizers, and hosts of events are unpaid facilitators that use the meetup tool as a communications mechanism to bring people together, and in our case, paddle local creeks, rivers and streams. Other than that, they are not instructors, trainers, tour operators, paddling professionals, first-aid personnel or anything else. They are just another person meeting up with the rest of the folks to paddle. They usually have no problem mentoring, or offering opinions on canoeing or kayaking gear, technique, safety, etc. based on their own limited time in the sport, as do many of the meetup participants. There is risk of injury or worse in most everything, including canoeing and kayaking. We want to make it perfectly clear that participation in our meetup events is totally voluntary and is at no cost to you at this time for what the meetup provides. There may be other charges involved like ramp fees, or camping fees that you may be responsible for, but nothing for the meetup itself. But along with that, there is no liability assumed by the organizer, co-organizers, or event hosts for any injury or death that may occur before, during or after an event. Unfortunately, in today's world, we have to get you, your guests, and you for your minor children to agree to waive any right of suing the organizers, co-organizers, or event hosts for anything that occurs at a meetup. We cannot allow any children not accompanied by a legal guardian (i.e. no grandchildren, minor neighbors, nieces, nephews, etc unless you are their legal guardian) to participate in our events. We have decided to follow the Tri-State Kayakers process for handling the waiver of liability. We have placed a waiver out under the Pages menu, and our organizers have been advised to include a link to that waiver on every event. Please take the time to become familiar with it. By RSVPing yes to an event, you will also agree to the terms in the waiver. If you bring a guest, make sure they read and agree to it as well. If you bring a minor and are their guardian, make sure you agree to it for your minor. Do not come to a meetup event without RSVPing. You will not be allowed to participate with the group. What you do on your own is up to you.

There are clauses in there about wearing your PFD at all times when on and within so many feet of the water. Not a requirement of the law, but we should be setting an example and reducing our risk by wearing our PFDs. Same with the whistle. Some states require them, Kentucky does not, but again, we should be setting an example and carry one in or on your PFD which you are wearing. Haven't seen any flatwater kayaker drownings in a long time, but there have been several swimmers or fisherman deaths just this year locally that could have been prevented by wearing a PFD. There was a kayaker death in Frankfort a few years back. I think that was a heart attack, but don't know if that what caused him to fall out of the boat, or if the cold water triggered it. Hypothermia is another big risks to people or or in the water. Hell, slippery boat ramps can be a problem. No way to list every possible thing that you should be aware of. Anyway, lets be safe so this waiver never becomes an issue.
Don P.
user 13711758
Group Organizer
Nicholasville, KY
Post #: 112
Added a sentence that states another obvious set of requirements, but seems like you have to spell everything out today - if you volunteer to shuttle or carpool with other members during an event, you must have insurance, driver's license, safe vehicle, and not drive impaired or distracted.
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