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Welcome to Capital District Kayakers! Please read this entire page which includes dues requirements and our waiver. Each participant on a Capital District Kayakers paddle must have a seaworthy boat, a whistle, a white light (for night paddles), all other equipment required by law and a Coast Guard approved PFD.

Dues: $10 annually. They can be given to Stephanie Swald, Barbara Rau or Kathy Mack at any paddle within three months of joining. You can PayPal them to flutterbugswald@gmail.com or mail them to Stephanie Swald, 445 Hegeman St, Schenectady, 12306

This group is for paddlers of all experience levels, from beginners to diehards. We provide an almost full year of paddling and social events from Kingston to Lake Placid, with many being right in the Capital District. Most trips are for just a few hours but others could be day trips or even overnight...camping and/or hotels.

If you are a beginner, we recommend some local LLBEAN classes, or ask us directly about more specialized or one on one courses with a few or our expert members. Don't be afraid to ask for help in learning and/or buying a boat to suit your needs. Post those and miscellaneous questions in our discussion area.

We will strive to follow NYS boating laws and regulations as best we can. While we all look out for each other, we expect each person to accept responsibility for their own safety by realizing their limits in their boat. Make sure to ask questions if you are uncertain about what is expected for each event.

Each event will have rules that are posted by the Event Host and each member attending must abide by those rules. Remember that the Event Host is inviting you to join them. Be respectful and be ready to launch at the scheduled time. Waiting for latecomers disrespects those who are prepared and ready to go at the scheduled time. If you cannot make it to an event, please remove your rsvp so people are not expecting you, or worse yet, you prevent someone else from attending. Repeated no shows may be removed from the group. Have basic safety items besides your PFD like a rope, whistle, dry bag with extra clothes, bilge pump, food, water and lights for night paddles.

This group is focused on providing peaceful and fun events that could take you to places you have never been before...or maybe you will take us to one of those places. Let us know your ideas! We also partake in paddles that have cultural, historical and knowledgeable aspects. While having fun, it is extra rewarding to give back to the community and the environment!

ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

Participation in any Capital District Kayakers event implies that you have read, understand, and agree with our ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY. Per the Electronic Records and Signatures in Commerce Act, Public Law 106-229 by joining this group, you agree to all the terms listed.

Each participant on a Capital District Kayakers paddle must have a seaworthy boat, a whistle, a white light (for night paddles), all other equipment required by law and a Coast Guard approved PFD.

I certify that I am physically fit and prepared for participation in an event and have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical professional.

Kayaking can be physically and mentally demanding. Kayaking can involve significant risks and hazards, such as collision with power boats, hypothermia, joint or trauma injuries and even drowning.

I acknowledge awareness of the risks, foreseen and unforeseen, which are inherent in each event/activity. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, serious personal injury, property damage, and death from participation in or travel to and from the event. I acknowledge and accept responsibility for insuring that any guests that I bring to a Capital District Kayakers event/activity have read and understand our ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.

Capital District Kayakers and its organizers do not, in any way, claim to be professionals or otherwise licensed, certified, trained, etc. to provide any service including emergency medical procedures. Since most Capital District Kayakers activities occur on the water, by participating in a Capital District Kayakers event/activity you are acknowledging that you are aware and understand that in the event of a serious medical emergency, treatment may be multiple hours away. I consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and /or illness during events.

I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the rules of the event/activity as published on the Capital District Kayakers website. I also understand that at an event/activity I may be photographed.

By participating in a Capital District Kayakers event/activity, I Agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY (Meet up.com, the Capital District Kayakers Meet-up Group, its organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, trip leaders and event planners, as well as their families from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from injuries, personal or property, losses, costs, damages, disability or death resulting from participating in or travelling to or from the activity. It is further understood and agreed that this ACCIDENT WAIVER and RELEASE OF LIABILITY is to be binding on my heirs and assigns. This ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY shall be construed broadly and applied to the maximum extent permissible by law.

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