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Welcome to the new members and a bit about how the RSVP's work

From: Saul_K
Sent on: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6:52 AM
I'm getting a bit lazy and seldom sending individual welcome emails due to the size of the group. So Welcome to the Seattle Sea Kayaking Meetup group, a group of really nice people that like to play on the water, improve their skills, explore the area and teach others what they know.

We have about 870 members now, with about 500 that have been active within the last 6 months.

We have a paddling event pretty much every week and kayak camping overnighter's a few times a month, pretty much year round.

I bring loaner kayaks to most of the events, so even if you don't have your own kayak, you can still join us.

If an event is full, but you want to go, sign up on the waiting list and I'll probably get you on. I have to keep track of the number of loaner kayaks and the number of people that need to borrow one, so I lock down the sign ups pretty early to avoid the headache of someone that has their own kayak changing their RSVP to a No and a new person that needs to borrow, signing up when I'm out of kayaks. I try to accomodate everyone, even if it means borrowing additional kayaks from friends.

The loaners come with a few rules, treat them nicely, lift them, don't drag them, we had to re-glass one kayak during our last San Juan's trip when we realized the bottom had worn through and it was leaking badly. The waer through was caused by the previous owners, not by this group. Borrowing a kayak also means that you need to show up if your RSVP is YES. We had 4 no shows for last weekends camping trip, which meant the rest of us had to carry and tow empty kayaks, not much fun with the launch site that we were using. I am pretty flexible if you call me, 4 other people arranged to hike in and join us on Saturday. If you are a YES RSVP and you miss the paddle, then the next time you want to borrow, you will have to come to my house to help me load the kayaks, that way I'll know that you're actually coming.

Some of the events we have coming up are:

Sept 19 and Sept 20 - we provide swim safety support for 2 different triathlons, I'm still short a few people for the 19th.

Sept 20, try out different kayaks and paddle for time to determine what kind of kayak works best for you.

Sept 20 & 26th, post paddle BBQ's.

I'll post up a few more weeknight paddles soon.

So check out the calendar and join us for a paddle soon.

Saul

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