Hi everyone, On our last paddle, some of us discussed coming up with a rating system for our events. The idea was to give everyone an idea of what they might expect in the way of challenge from each event. Ratings however comes with there own challenges. What could be described as an easy day in an Estuary could turn into a moderate paddle when the winds pick up. (Or God forbid, we didn't get the tides right). Never the less, I think this is something I would like to try. If anything it may open up some great discussion on each paddle, making it better for folks to decide what best suits them. I should also mention, that we will continue to balance the events so every one of all skill sets have different venues to choose from. I wanted to mention this now as I will be going back and reviewing all the great suggestions that have been made, that we have yet to post. I will be scheduling our next events soon and will use the rating system for these paddles. To that point, I want to keep this simple. Consequently, I will start with three ratings. Everyone, Moderate and Challenging. Everyone should speak for itself. Paddling the Elkhorn Slough is a good example. Moderate, will require some increased skills but should be open to most with the knowledge that wind/weather/tide conditions could change. Finally, Challenging is just that. I believe a good example is the paddle from Sausalito to Angel Island. Knowing your craft and self rescue skills would be the order of the day. I am open to suggestions, comments and if you don?t like me idea, let me know that as well.
The Bay Area Meetup group for folks enthusiastic about kayaking. A mixture of events that will offer something for every skill level. This Meetup group does not charge fees or dues. Just participate, have fun and expand your skills.
Safety first, an opportunity for everyone to get out on the water and enjoy the many great paddle locations the Bay Area has to offer.
Different Meetups are planned for all levels of experience. Some will launch from areas where rentals are available. Other trips for the more advanced paddlers who have their own equipment.
Kayak camping, kayak geocaching and trips outside of California are all possible.
One safety note:
Unlike some other outdoor activities, kayaking requires a heightened degree of awareness and commitment to safety. While casual participation can be rewarding, please be aware that putting yourself at risk can also put your fellow kayaker's at risk as well. Kayaker's Alliance events are not guided tours, but are instead a get together of like interested people.