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Welcome to the new members and a bit about how things work

From: Saul_K
Sent on: Sunday, March 11, 2012 4:55 PM

A welcome to the new members.


As we enter spring you'll notice that we start posting more paddles. From April to October we usually have events 4-8x per month, with about half being easier in town paddles and the others being more challenging out of town paddles.

You'll notice that some paddles have "Experience Required" in the posting, prior to going on those youwill have to demonstrate some really basic safety skills, getting out of a capsized kayak and gettingback in or rolling it up on your own. We have really basic training sessions for those starting in Mid-May.Having even better skills is important for opening up a wider range of places, weather and conditionsthat you can safely paddle in. Safe paddling is a combination of good planning, keen observation, andskill development. Bob Burnett at Rogue Wave Adventures     and Barb and George Gronseth at the Kayak   have both been doing an excellent job of helping members develop their skills, they offer excellent classes and every once in a while a deeply discounted clinic to help you improve.


Loaner Equipment, I have purchased 30+ kayaks, paddles, drysuits, wetsuits, pfd's etc over the last decade. I will generally bring these to our paddle events (you reserve them in advance, detailsin the event posting) and ask for a $10 donation to help with costs, I simply ask that you treat the equipment with care, replacing torn drysuit gaskets runs me[masked] dollars each season, patching boats or replacing snapped off rudders because someone climbed in with the kayak on dry land rather than into a floating kayak is also expensive, missing hatch covers (mine are mostly the old "tie on" style and people untie them and forget to tie them back on when we finish - so they fall off when the trailer starts moving) run multiple hundreds per hatch , if I can even order one, if not the boat doesn't get used again or I have to build a mold to make one. Leaving paddles on the beach should be avoided, put them in the kayak after you land.


Getting a hold of Saul, the best way is email - [address removed] or my cell 206.313.0107.

You can get a hold of most members and all of the organizers via email through the site.

You can also email me through the site, but if you select "hide my email address" when you send it, it means when I reply it will bounce back to me as undeliverable. If you are the concerned about disclosing your email, set up a yahoo or gmail account just for our communication, expecting me to do extra work to answer your questions is disrespectful of my time and that of our other organizers.

Another NoNo which some people do, is send an email from meetup and then change their settings to not receive email, these also bounce. 


We are looking forward to paddling with you - Saul and the rest of our team of organizers.

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