Trip Organizer Training












Are you interested in becoming a Trip Organizer for the Jacksonville Kayaking Meetup Group?

As many of you have noticed our Meetup group has grown to over 556 members strong, and counting! It's important that we keep our trips safe and enjoyable, but with the increase in members it has been brought to the attention of your organizers that we need more people planning trips, and we need it done in a safe and efficient manner!

The whole reason behind this meetup group is to help connect paddlers! and I have to say our Organizers have done a great job! It's time for our base to grow, and with that we need a few good men and women!


Come and join the ACA certified guides from First Coast Outfitters for a FREE Trip leader training. We will be focussing on the following:

-6hour Course


-Strokes and manouvers

-Self and Assisted Rescues

-Tides and currents


-Group Managment

-Emergency Procedures

* All Kayaks are welcomed

Must Have for the Class (equipment available for rent through FCO):



-PFD (Life jacket)


-Foot Protection


-Paddle Float

-Tow Rope




This is a free class for people interested in becoming Trip Organizers. If you sign up for this class and are given the ok by the ACA instructors you will be expected to plan and lead safe trips for The Jacksonville Kayaking Meetup Group. This is not a paying position for a business or a certification. The propose behind this training is to help make our trips a little safer and more organized, and find some great leaders to help introduce the sport of kayaking in a safe way!




$25 includes "kit" (everything)


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  • Chris G.

    Valuable , skills, and information EVERYONE should know. Highly recommended.

    October 1, 2012

  • Sharon S.

    Fantastic training day with a great group--thanks to Joe, Wali and Chris for the opportunity and all your help!

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so much fun! Certainly very informative and educational! Thanks!

    September 30, 2012

  • Kathy F.

    What is the responsibility of the organized leader of the group when you guide the group. Who maintains liability if anyone is hurt?
    I have everything except tow rope and paddle float.. Do I still pay the $25.00? I am interested in doing something like this for the St. Augustine Area.. Please get back with me before I can commit. Thanks Kathy

    September 24, 2012

    • Joe C.

      Hey Kathy, since this is not a business, and no one is paid to lead our trips, our Organizers are people who volunteer to plan and lead safe trips for this group. Everyone is responsible for their own well being as well as having their own equipment. Our sponsors offer rentals and discounts to members that need equipment, but that is between the renter and rent-ee. The point of the free organizer training is to help make our trips safer and more efficient for the volunteer organizers. -Joe (the training is free, but if you need to rent equipment that is your responsibility)

      September 24, 2012

  • David

    "paddle float", "pump", "foot protection", self rescue...................I take it we should prepare to get wet and do rescue drills?

    September 23, 2012

    • Joe C.

      Hey David, we will be doing wet exits, as well as self and assisted rescue drills. Look forward to meeting you!

      September 23, 2012

  • Brian H.

    Hey Joe wold like to help out for the day. If that's ok. =)

    September 18, 2012

    • Joe C.

      That would be awsome! Please come out Brian! We can learn from sk

      September 19, 2012

    • Joe C.

      your past trips with the meetup

      September 19, 2012

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