paddling with the group

From: Christine
Sent on: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 9:28 PM
Hi everyone!

We've had some great trips this year with great people, and I expect to schedule several more during the remainder of the season! I would also like to say welcome to our many new members this season, it's been great to meet so many new people and I hope more of you will participate! In the hopes of continuing to have trips that are enjoyable and safe for everyone, here are just a few reminders and some new points for paddling with the group...

1. First a reminder that the organizers are not leaders or instructors, we are just organizers of the time and place and from there the trip is in the hands of its participants, with all responsibility shared equally and each member paddling at their own risk.

2. Part of the responsibility of paddling with the group is that all members paddling on a trip need to make sure we stay together. To that end, before each launch, we'll have a quick group meeting to make sure everyone is aware of the head count and who is in the group that day. We ask that if you find yourself paddling at the front of the pack, you stay aware of where the back of the pack is and make sure everyone is at least within earshot in case communication with the entire group should become necessary.

3. In theory, if you are paddling with the group, it is because you want to paddle with a group. We understand that various circumstances may arise where during a trip a member may want to separate from the group and go off on their own. Please be aware that if you do this, we will not be following up with you, you will be on your own. Also, before anyone leaves the trip, they need to make sure that the entire group, not just the organizer, is aware they are leaving and therefore are aware of the new headcount.

4. Also just a reminder that all members MUST WEAR their PFD's on all trips. If you should have a problem, you put the others at greater risk trying to help you if you do not have it on! Also whistles are required on all trips and lights are required for late-day or night paddles.

All for now, looking forward to seeing you on the water!
Christine

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