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We're a kayaking group who has only two hard and fast rules..... you need to be safe, and you absolutely HAVE to have FUN! We're principally flatwater (lakes, streams, rivers, etc) paddlers, but this group is really about whatever floats your boat....really!
Whitewater? Sure thing...
Canoes? Can do...
Sculling.... BYOC ....
Just float it safely !
This group is about RECREATION, and ranges from the basic beginner to the most advanced skill levels. If you want a bunch of rules, and committees, and people telling you what to do and offering to sell you secret handshakes, you made a wrong turn. Certainly we'll be making learning and developing your skills part of the offerings here, but these offerings will be from the standpoint that it makes you a safer kayaker on the water, not that you're here to get a bunch of medals, and it's not just a place where you're going to spend as much time as a Delta pilot practicing emergency landings. If your expectation for being here is the next ACA or BCU level accolade, that may happen, and we certainly wish you the best on that quest, but we're here to have fun, and be safe. Please don't try to turn everyone into your personal kayaking trainer or student.
I'll simply promise two things.
THING ONE: This group will ALWAYS practice safety first. We are not going to compromise on that. Part of the safety requirement is following the laws of the state(s) we boat in and the US Coast Guard.
THING TWO: I'll also promise that if this starts to look, smell or act like work, or a government run beauocracy, you can push me over Victoria Falls in an inner tube.... We are NOT the DMV, and I presume you already have (or have access to) a mommy! That is not my function!
Swimming Ability: By joining Simply Kayaking You are certifying that you are capable of swimming at least 100 yards without assistance. Persons not able to meet this standard should not be on a craft in any water.
PFD's (aka Personal Flotation Device, aka Life Vests). Yes, sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes hot. Still Absolutely Required to be on your craft at ALL times with an attached whistle. Some groups require you wear a PFD at all times, some other groups never require members to wear a PFD.
PFD Rules: By joining Simply Kayaking you agree to follow ALWAYS wear properly secured PFD when paddling in a Simply Kayaking Meetup Event.
Membership is on an individual basis, as many of our events require a headcount limit, such that signing up as couples could cause us to overbook some of our events. If you have a Meetup membership as a couple, I will be requesting that you establish individual memberships, and apply individually as a condition of joining Simply Kayaking!
We are also not going to offer "JUMP BALL or Roller skating " events. Huh...what's that you ask? When an event is scheduled on the calendar, I'm going to give you a logistically do-able event out of the box. That is to say you will already have a where, a when, and a how. You are coming with the why, presumably to have fun. I will not pack your lunch for you, and I will not be holding your hand.
In my concerted opinion this is an adult activity. Anyone who intrudes on another's ability to have fun in a safe manner will be asked to leave, either the event, the group, or both. You will not be solicited for your political opinions, you will not be hit up for memberships, and you will not be assigned to committees, work details, or bucket brigades.
The Organizers and Assistant Organizers will, introduce events for signup on the calendar. If members have events they want posted, just ask one to post it. ALL posted events will require who is responsible for posting and hosting, where it will be, when it will happen, and will need to make sure any logistical details are complete. As a member signing up for our events, I would ask that you respect the organizers' pre-planning efforts by reading and agreeing to the events as posted and planned by the organizer; trying to personally customize events by making separate arrangements or agreements without the agreement of those organizing the event quickly degenerates into confusion (I mean, you wouldn't want to board an airliner where everybody had a different destination in mind, would you?). If you have suggestions or recommendations, by all means please email the organizer, and/or request your suggested changes through the organizer of the event, who may at their own discretion make such alterations to their planning. ANY MEMBER can use the message board to meet up with others. The message board is not for posting non kayak related opinions, advertisements, etc.
I am going to attempt to provide a well rounded group, and Assistant Organizers that have a wide set of kayaking interests to extend the opportunities available to any and all interested kayakers.
Enjoy, and BE SAFE!