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The Watersedge Kayak Meetup Group Pages

Watersedge kayak meetup was created for the love of spending time on the water. Our group members are a diverse group from all walks of life that share a love of paddling, exploring rivers ,lakes, the bay, and ocean waters. We are not professional kayakers and take no responsibility for participants safety. If you choose to participate, you do so at your own risk.

Our group is all about meeting other paddlers, and sharing some great times. We're all about making new friends, having some laughs, and enjoying some unforgettable adventures on the water (and occasionally on land too).

From Beginner to expert, below you'll find some information to get you started. Please take a few minutes to read this important information, it will help you to understand the group, and to better prepare you for paddle trips with us in the future (there will be a quiz later ;)

GENERAL ETIQUETTE

RSVPs: If you have RSVP'd "yes" or "maybe" and your plans change please remember to update your RSVP or let the organizer of the event know. If you RSVP "yes" and don't show up, the group is very likely standing on the beach waiting for you to arrive. Also, many of our trips are limited in size so not changing your RSVP is denying a spot to someone who wants to go. Please be considerate.

Rentals: This group is NOT in the business of renting or loaning kayaks, and group members are expected to provide their own kayak to participate in group events. There are a few outfitters that rent kayaks/equipment in the Baltimore area, this group does not coordinate kayak rentals for members, although they may do so individually.

Launch Times: Please be at the launch spot on time (or better yet in advance). Remember that it takes time to prepare your boat, organize your gear, and make a final pit stop. Plan accordingly and arrive early enough to be ready to paddle at the appointed time. Trips may depart without you if you are late.

Preparedness: Bring the appropriate gear, check the weather, and always bring more than enough food and water for yourself. While the sharing of beverages, beef jerky, and snacks is part of the fun of paddling with the group, don't assume others will be feeding or hydrating you. Always bring lights even if it is not a night paddle. Make certain that you are familiar with the area we will be paddling, and the with details of the trip (duration, distance, landings, etc.).

Event Fees: If there is a fee for an event please pay it without making the organizer hassle you for it. Fees go towards the costs of this site and collecting them is our least favorite part of this job.

ORGANIZERS

An Organizer is someone who is nice enough to volunteer to coordinate an event. Please be nice to your event organizer - follow any instructions they may give and help them any way that you can. There would be no events without event organizers so we'd like to keep them happy! Organizers are not paid, and group trips and events are NOT tours.

Organizers simply put events on the calendar and people show up - you are still responsible for making your own decisions regarding your own safety, both before and during, and after a trip. It is up to YOU to decide if a trip is right for you, your equipment, and your skill level. If you are uncertain regarding the difficulty, or details of a particular trip, please contact a group organizer prior to the trip.

If you would like to suggest a trip or event, please contact the Organizer or one of the Assistant Organizers to post your event. Posting of "pick-up-paddles" by group members via the MESSAGE BOARD is welcomed and encouraged.

RENTALS

You can find a listing of local kayak outfitters: RENTALS It is always a good idea to rent your boat as far in advance as possible. A good discussion on kayak transport can be found on the message board.

SAFETY

Wind/Weather: Wind can suddenly turn a pleasant paddle into a challenging and even dangerous event. Many of the places we paddle have sheer cliff walls and no beaches to find refuge from rough weather, other trips may involve OPEN WATER crossings where landing is not a possibility. Organizers and other attendees may or may not have rescue experience or equipment. Do not assume that others in the group will be able to take care of you if the weather turns bad. When conditions get rough it may be all someone can do to take care of themselves, much less you. While we obviously all try to look out for each other and help if and when we can, you are the one responsible for your safety. Know your abilities and plan accordingly. PADDLE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Check weather and wind conditions before the trip. If you are concerned about the weather feel free to contact the organizer to discuss the event. However, it is up to you to make the final decision on whether or not you should go. Only you know your abilities. No one will think less of you for not attending an event due to weather. In some cases weather may necessitate the cancellation of a trip or event.

WHY YOUR RECREATIONAL KAYAK NEEDS BOW AND STERN FLOAT BAGS:
http://www.paddling.n...

Lighting: Lighting is mandatory for all night paddles. It is also highly recommended to bring your lights even for day paddles since events can run later than expected. See the message board for some excellent recommendations on lighting.

First Aid: It is always a good idea to bring a first aid kit with you. Don't forget to include prescription medication and an emergency blanket in case you unexpectedly end up spending the night out. Check the message board for a good first aid information.

Paddling as a Group: Part of the enjoyment of paddling with a group is getting to know other people. It's fun to paddle up to someone, chat for a while, then paddle over to say "hi" to someone else - or just spend some quiet time in the pleasure of your own company. If you do not enjoy paddling WITH the group, then this is NOT the group for you.

Since everyone paddles at different speeds group members can easily get separated. So, if you end up way ahead of everyone else please stop for a bit and let others catch up. If you find yourself in the rear of the group, make sure you are not paddling alone. If you are a new paddler or know you paddle at a leisurely pace, then it's a good idea to find someone that will buddy up with you. The worst thing that can happen is someone in the back of the pack is by themselves, gets tired and goes back to shore, and no one knows what happened to them. We take head counts at the start of each trip and like it when the head count at the end matches! If you are having trouble keeping up, IMMEDIATELY notify an ORGANIZER.

If you know ahead of time you won't be staying for the whole trip, or think you may have to turn back at some point, let your organizer know so that we don't spend the whole trip worrying about you while you are already back at home taking a nap. While we may not be responsible for your safety, we do worry about you if you disappear. Please be considerate.

All event members should do their part to make the trip enjoyable for everyone else. If you see a new person struggling with their gear, help them out. If you see someone needing a bit of encouragement, give them some. Be cheerful and supportive of your event organizer and fellow paddlers. Yes, your shoulders hurt, you're tired and hungry, your leg has a cramp - but aren't you still having fun anyway? Save you're whining for when you get home. ;)

PFD: Personal Flotation Device a/k/a Life Jacket. You MUST have a PFD to paddle. Wear one. Always.

Last Word: Joining a group does not relieve you of personal accountability. Everyone is responsible for their own safety. You must use good judgment in choosing when, where, and with whom you paddle. Common sense dictates that if you feel uncomfortable with the organizer, weather conditions, or anything else about the event, then you should not participate.


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