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Jerry Olson added a post

From: Jerry O.
Sent on: Friday, September 24, 2010 4:06 PM
We have previously mentioned the concern about being prepared from an equipment perspective as well as from a liability standpoint. I have decided to take the middle ground on both issues.

From an equipment perspective, I highly recommend you work towards obtaining the gear listed on the basics list, particularly if you are interested in pursuing kayaking beyond the occasional trip. (Go to ?Files? section of our site). Having the right gear not only is safer, but makes it more enjoyable as well. I will not question participants attending events that are classified for ?Everyone? unless something just looks unsafe. Events that are classified as ?Moderate?, I will take a check that everyone has at least the minimum needed for a successful trip. For ?Challenging?, I will insist on wet suits, and all the gear necessary for the trip.
In no case will anyone be allowed to paddle without a personnel flotation device. (PFD).

From a legal perspective, I am going to ask each member to read the document in the Files section labeled ?Legal Waiver - Kayak?. This document is in two sections. The first is a sub-section of the Meetup Terms of Service which we all signed off on when joining Meetup. This is the general waiver that discusses Meetup in general.
The second section is specific to our group. Kayakers Alliance. It gives definition to each participant?s obligation when attending one of our events. At this point, I am not going to ask to have everyone sign a waiver every time we go out. I will however, expect each member to have read the material and agree to the terms. (I will ask each new member to do the same).

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