Who We Are

Ocean Paddling Club Cleveland (OPC) is formerly the Cleveland Sea Kayakers.   We are a core group of sea kayaking enthusiasts.  We have changed our name to welcome all types of ocean paddlers ranging from stand up paddleboards to outrigger canoe.   Stand by as we modify our meet-up site as we grow into a club.

Are you are an experience paddler and/or have completed a basic kayak training and safety course and own your own a kayak at least 12 feet long which you use with a spray skirt, this group is an ideal way to meet other like paddlers to talk about gear, local paddle spots, and to plan trips. This is not a group for you if you do not have a proper kayak and basic gear, and have not taken a beginner's kayak course.

CSK is a forum and a social network, not a club, training facility, or outfitter. All events are common adventures and not for profit (unless hosted specifically by a business, institution, or outfitter following a different liability model). CSK, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event.

This is a private group. To apply for membership, please complete your profile by uploading a close-up identifiable photo of yourself — not your child, pet or avatar; only you (without your kids, friends, or puppy) — and answering a few simple profile questions. This tells organizers a bit about your preferences and experience level, which helps us choose activities and venues that you're likely to enjoy. It also helps us recognize you when you attend your first event and helps other group members get to know you.

We Encourage Safe Paddling

We suggest that everyone paddle in a pod of three or more for safety reasons. The forum makes it possible for experienced intermediate and advanced kayakers to find each other and form safe paddle pods. The social nature of the group allows members to share safety tips and skills in a non-structured friendly format. We also try to send information to the group about safe kayaking tips and training. Occasionally we might have an event just to share and practice (but the group is not a certified kayak training school, vendor, etc). Safety is your responsibility!

How We Set Up Events

CSK is a member-driven forum. Kayakers are welcome to join the forum and suggest locations for common-adventure paddles. All members can suggest a place, date, and time for a kayak event.  In fact, CSK relies heavily on individual members to put events on the calendar.

When two other members decide to attend a suggested paddle, making the minimum three person paddle pod, the suggestion moves to the calendar and is announced to the group as an event. (Some events are moved to the calendar by one of the CSK organizers with less than three people on the RSVP list.) Once it is on the calendar it is no longer a suggestion, but an event and it gets announced to the group by e-mail. Whenever you visit the CSK Meetup page, you should check the SUGGESTED events page to see if there is a suggested event that you might want to attend.

Members just need to be specific on the day, time, and place (as well as kayak type, skill level, etc.) when making a suggestion. The events are common adventures, so you are not responsible for others, just yourself, but there is always safety in numbers. You should be very specific about the kayak type, skill level, and pace of your suggested paddle. It is not a good idea for a kayaking group to have a mixed expectation of the paddle . . . it just leads to disappointment and the paddle pod breaks down. In short, be clear in your suggestion description and others with like-minded thinking will join you.

Anyone can take the initiative to add paddle events to the calendar.  And, this is the best way to get events that work for your personal schedule and skill level so you never have to paddle alone.

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So we know that you know that you are responsible for yourself when participating in a Cleveland Sea Kayaking event, please read the DISCLAIMER (http://www.meetup.com/Cleveland-Sea-Kayakers/messages/boards/thread/21683992)and ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY (http://www.meetup.com/Cleveland-Sea-Kayakers/messages/boards/thread/21673042).

By becoming a member of the Cleveland Sea Kayakers (CSK) Meetup and/or participating in any CSK event and per the Electronic Records and Signatures in Commerce Act, Public Law 106-229 (or any other applicable law), by joining this group, you are deemed to have read, understood, and agreed with the terms of both the DISCLAIMER and the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY whether you read them or not.

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