GENERAL RULES AND INFORMATION FOR HRK
Hampton Roads Kayaking (HRK) meetup group: - The goal of HRK is to facilitate the sharing the experience of being on the water and enjoying exploring the creeks, rivers, lakes, bays, and oceans with like minded kayakers. EMAILS and NOTIFICATIONS:Communication
When you join our group you will receive emails about events, communication related to paddling, scheduled events, and perhaps some occasional babbling! It is up to you to control the amount and kind of e-mail you want to receive my clicking on the "My profile" button and click on the "Email and notification" in the drop down menu list. MEMBER CANCELLATION POLICY:
A member can be cancelled by the Organizer for any reason. This action will be used sparingly and the paddler will be notified first to have the opportunity to resolve any issue. ORGANIZER/EVENT ORGANIZERS/EVENT HOST/PADDLERS:
ORGANIZER - Meetup considers the Organizer as the person responsible for running and providing leadership to the meetup group and he/she has access to tools that allows control membership, paddler roles, and events, Rules and Regulations for the group, and final arbiter on any controversial issue that may arise.
EVENT ORGANIZERS - are volunteers who step up to be part of the leadership team and are most important to the success of any meetup group. The Organizer should cultivate a leadership team that have the best intentions to post or encourage others to post fun and interesting events and useful information for the group. They have access to almost all the tools as the organizer.
EVENT HOST - are paddlers who post an event or assigned by the Organizer for various reasons and for that event will have access to various meetup tools.
PADDLERS: - is the term used for all other members. HRK is set up for any paddler to suggest an Event they would be interested to Host. If two other paddlers RSVP ‘Yes ‘it will be announced to the whole group. If necessary the paddler can ask any Event Organizer to announce it. Once announced the Paddler will become the Event Host and will have access to tools to Edit the Event information and make necessary changes. EVENTS and PARTICIPATION:You, and you alone, are responsible for your personal safety!
Trips are organized by members of the group for members of the group. Most Events on HRK will be kayak related. When you participate please remember a few things: Event Hosts are "hosts", not professional guides. They are not necessarily trained in first aid nor CPR, and do not always carry first aid equipment nor safety devices for your use. Nor are they necessarily the most experienced paddlers. A paddling event especially in open waters requires everyone to be safety conscious and speak up about any concerns that would effect the safety of a paddler or the group. Paddlers who come to an event without required equipment or do not have known skills for the paddle conditions (that could be more challenging than expected ) can be refused to participate.
While on the water, all paddlers shall wear PFDs (no exceptions), spray skirts (when in conditions the Event Host says they must be worn), and clothes appropriate to the water temperature. Cotton should not be worn at any time. The ABC (anything but cotton) rule is a good one to follow for your comfort and safety. When venturing in open waters like the Chesapeake Bay kayaks must have front and rear watertight bulkheads or flotation bags to prevent the kayak from being swamping by breaking waves obvious exception being a sit on top (SOT) kayak. Some Event Host will require a kayak with two sealed compartment and be at least 14 foot long. All paddlers should have, and know how to use, a pump and paddle float.
If you are not sure whether your skills and equipment measure up contact the Event Host in advance to discuss your situation. If you are new to kayaking be careful not to push your limits too much. TRIP RATINGS Guide:
Click on link to Trip Ratings to see important information about how a trip should be rated and Skill Levels determined. Trip RatingsTRAINING:
HRK takes no responsibility in training you to be a kayaker. The Event Organizers are not necessarily kayak instructors or certified paddlers. The best way to receive quality training is to sign up for training courses provided by local certified instructors or attend events like the Finger Lakes Paddlefest, and Sea Kayak Symposiums that have a wide range of skills taught by professional coaches. Some will be posted on HRK but there are many more that will not be. From late Fall to early Spring, pool sessions at the Williamsburg YMCA Pool and perhaps other locations will be posted to practice rolling and rescue techniques with kayaks designed for those skills which does not include recreational kayaks. Also from time to time there may be Events Posted offering free training opportunities in various aspects of Sea Kayaking. Also while on a Paddling Event there will be opportunities to discuss and practice skills with more experienced members who are always willing to share knowledge and experience. Updated by Joe Messier (HRK Organizer)JUNE 21,2015