Phoenix, AZUSA 85014
July 13, 2014
Have kayak, will travel. Just looking for folks to have fun with.
I like being outside, seeing wildlife and the feel of floating.
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I hope you can join our paddle community. We are a family and singles friendly group, and often include our dog kayaker friends as well. In Arizona, there are places to paddle all year round, and our paddle club will be exploring many of the waterways throughout Arizona, and beyond. For the joy of floating, and the appreciation of venturing out to some relatively pristine and magnificent natural habitats. Any motor-less boat is welcome, though most of us use a kayak.
Float Types and Locations
We will be doing mainly flat water floats, all of which will be suitable for the inexperienced unless otherwise stated. For those with more experience and interest, there will be opportunities to do some swift water, class 1 and class 2 paddles. The book Paddling Arizona refers about 17 low elevation lakes, and about 20 high country lakes. During the warm season, we will mainly visit the more remote high country lakes, and in the cooler season the lower elevation rivers and lakes. A popular summer float in the valley would be moonlight paddles at several waterways.
Our visits to the high country lakes will often involve some car camping due to the distance from the city. Naturally, the car camping trips will be open to those who just want to spend the day with us, or find a hotel near our location. Included in our camping trips will be opportunities to hike, fish, do photography. We also plan some paddle camping trips, i.e., paddling with equipment to sites along the waterways.
While most of our trips are appropriate for beginners who may have never been in a boat, keep in mind that we are a social networking group, and our organizers and hosts are not designated with the responsibility to teach paddling or boating skills (See list of Responsibilities below). On every trip, those that are experienced share their knowledge with the inexperienced. Instruction for flat-water and whitewater will be occasionally available through our community, including safety rescue practice.
Funding and organization type
We are a not for profit private social club. There are no dues, but we accept VOLUNTARY donations by members that are not tax deductible. At this time, we have no paid members, and no one makes any money from our events. If at any time this changes, potential donors will be clearly notified in writing. The donations are not required.
Some events that we attend have fees, and members are required to make this payment that does not go to our club (e.g., fees associated to a river trip with a professional tour guide).
Our donation fund is (or may be) used for the following:
1. pay in advance for group campsites, to be refunded eventually by attendees
2. website fees.
3. signs for members to find us at events
4. donations to paddle friendly non profit organizations
5. miscellaneous fees required to maintain the fund
6. legal consultation
7. equipment that may be used by all members
While we may request VOLUNTARY donations, we do not require them. You may request a partial or full refund of your donation within 60 days.
When we have a sufficient amount of funds in our donation account, we may temporarily suspend accepting new donations. You will know whether the account is taking funds if the link on the home page is live or not.
If you do not have a boat, and want to join our activities, you can post your desire to borrow a boat in the comment section of any of our activities. We may ask if you borrow a boat from a member, that you give a $10 to $20 donation to Paddle Arizona. There are also several Kayak rental places in the valley, including the Hiking Shack, Arizona Outdoor Fun, and Sports Chalet. Rental fees may be about $30 per day. Occasionally we may have a special arrangement with a kayak rental place for discounts, and the rental place will be listed as a sponsor on our home page.
Rules and Responsibilities
Because we are a networking group, we do not carry liability insurance. Instead, to minimize liability, and to increase awareness, responsibility, and best practices in safe boating, we use the following disclaimer, and list of safety rules and responsibilities. If you do not agree then don’t join our group.
By joining Paddle Arizona, you are making an agreement to the following disclaimer, safety rules, and responsibilities. Furthermore, you are making an agreement to review any changes made to the safety rules and responsibilities when periodic emails are sent out about the changes.
Disclaimer & Assumption of Risk/Liability:
Paddling, like all sports have inherent risks and dangers. All paddlers (on behalf of him/her self and his/her minor children) are responsible for their own safety during Paddle Arizona floats. All paddlers voluntarily accept any and all risks of injury, harm, medical conditions, or property damage, assumes all liabilities, and waives any and all damages against Paddle Arizona (including its organizers, hosts, and members).
"Paddle Club Safety Rules and Responsibilities"
1. Paddling Arizona, as many groups organized through meetup.com, is a networking group. Our organizers and hosts are not designated with the responsibility to teach paddling or boating skills.
2. Our organizers and hosts are people who like to float, not necessarily expert paddlers.
3. The host of each of our Paddle Arizona paddling trip events has some responsibility to post a description of our proposed trips, with suggestions about when and where we will go, and how we will get there.
4. No one is leading any of our floats, or providing any formal instruction.
5. Paddlers who join us will be responsible for themselves, and parents are responsible for their minors. Member paddlers will communicate to their guests the paddle club safety rules and responsibilities contained on this page, including the "Disclaimer & Assumption of Risk/Liability".
6. You have a responsibility to ask questions and to share any concerns you might have about your abilities with the group before you launch and to make sure you are in a group where at least one other person has enough experience and is willing to take you under their wing or assist you when needed.
7. As a community of peers, everyone should watch out for each other.
8. Decisions about activities on trips are often made collectively, on the spot, by those who show up. Occasionally, but rarely, people that show up split into smaller groups each going their own direction based on similar interests. Members of each group are then responsible to watch out for each other.
9. Paddle Arizona will sponsor formal instruction by experienced and expert paddlers (who may or may not be members of Paddle Arizona), outside of the scheduled paddle trip events, at various venues in the valley, to teach members skills for flat water, white water, and safety and rescue skills. The instructors may charge a fee to pay for the instruction.
10. As in all groups, conflicts will arise between the varying interests of members. Members are responsible to communicate disagreements in a constructive way, if possible in person or on the phone. Hostile forms of communication, what folks refer to as "creating drama" (which may at times be hard to define) are discouraged. When possible, our core management team will give constructive feedback to members doing this.
1. Most of our floats will be flat water floats on lakes and some rivers, and are normally suitable for persons who have little or no experience as paddlers.
2. We may label some floats as intermediate or advanced, and a description of required experience will be posted with the event. For example, night floats or moving water floats may be more suitable for those persons with prior experience and instruction. Members who lack experience will be responsible to gain experience or formal instruction prior to the trips.
3. Due to inherent hazards in water sports (weather conditions, sudden strong wind, capsized boat, low visibility, trafficking around larger and faster boats, being stranded away from the launch, etc.), there are REQUIREMENTS for equipment and behavior on all floats, and some floats have additional requirements. Members are expected to follow these requirements without reminders by hosts. Some of these requirements may be greater than those required by law. The following is required by our paddle club:
a. On all floats, members must bring a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest (must be fitted correctly and be worn while paddling in the boat), AND must bring water or other "hydration fluid", food/snack.
b. On all floats, members will participate in the pre-float safety talk, usually on land prior to launch, occasionally on the water.
c. Members agree to remain sober while paddling, AND refrain from drinking just prior to or during a float.
d. On night floats, additional requirements include appropriate lighting (minimum of a light stick AND waterproof flashlight), a whistle that works when wet, a 50 foot tow rope, flotation in the bow of the boat (foam block, flotation bag, etc.)
4. Additional RECOMMENDED equipment to take on all floats may include a two way radio set to our common channel (usually channel 4), set of dry clothes in a dry bag, first aid kit.
5. During long floats, especially river floats, the group members may get dispersed as some floaters float faster then others. It is important that each person is visible by some member of the group. On long floats, a relatively experienced paddler may be designated as the “sweep”, and will remain behind the paddling group. On lake floats with a small shoreline, this may be unnecessary.
Exclusion of ATVs
Paddle sports are "non-motorized", and we often may go to remote area lakes to get away from the noise and mechanical aspects of life to paddle, camp, and enjoy nature. Most people like paddling because of this, and the serenity and quietude of the experience. While we often make noise through our chatter, the best moments may be floating into the silence of the moment. To keep our events in line with our appreciation of serenity and nature values, in September of 2014, our core management team and members decided to exclude ATVs from any of our camping events.
Our Paddle Club respects the US Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment. Some members have brought firearms to events when we have a camping event. Members may continue to do this, but we require that you leave your weapon in your motor vehicle, or discretely in your tent (if you must), and not carry at the campsite or on hikes.
Removal from Group Policy:
The bylaws of meetup.com regarding the removal of members state that the organizer has the right to remove a member for a variety of reasons, including if the member is making others feel uncomfortable, or not getting along well with others (as discussed in item 10 above in the Responsibilities section). Anyone so removed may appeal the decision of the removal by sending one email to the organizer discussing his/her circumstances; when appropriate, the organizer will share this letter of appeal to the core management team for discussion.
[From the Preface of Sea Kayaker, Deep Trouble by Christopher Cunningham]
A kayak puts you in touch with the elements. You feel the water on your hands, the wind on your face, and the sights, scents, and sounds of the coast surrounding you. The kayak feels like an extension of your body: it responds to your every move, and through it you can feel the water moving beneath you. For many of us a kayak is the means by which we can take in the full measure of the rich ...environment. But the environment where air, water, and land meet is notoriously variable, and the intimate connection a kayak provides with that environment leaves us exposed and vulnerable to forces that can easily overpower us.
Next morn, we swept with oars the Saranac, With skies of benediction, to Round Lake, Where all the sacred mountains drew around us, Tahawus, Seaward, MacIntyre, Baldhead, And other Titans without muse or name. Pleased with these grand companions, we glide on, instead of flowers, crowned with a wreath of hills. We made our distance wider, boat from boat, As each would hear the oracle alone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson