What we're about

Welcome to the Florida Sea Kayak Association Meetup (FSK-Me) website! We are a sea kayak club that uses Meetup as a communication and scheduling tool. We are not a business, nor do we have rental kayaks available.

Articles of Incorporation https://tinyurl.com/38mtfhy5

Bylaws https://tinyurl.com/wmvr8fpa

Our members have varied experience and interests. We are a kayaking club with paddles on the ocean, ICW, rivers, and lakes. We have short trips and long trips. Some trips have lots of paddlers and some only a few. We encourage our paddlers to improve their skills, stamina and distances. We have informal skills and assisted rescue practice. Guest speakers and discussions of topics of interest at monthly meetings. We had a favorite paddle meeting where we brought examples of our paddles and why we like them. We previously sponsored a couple of kids at a paddling summer camp. We offer paddling opportunities throughout the year.

Our club operates under the Common Adventure Model which means that you are responsible for your own skills, equipment, decisions and safety. Everyone in the group watches out for each other. We purchase liability insurance which requires everyone to sign a liability waiver. It is a sport with risks and you assume responsibility for your own safety. Club dues of $15 and signing the liability waiver are required annually. New members must sign the insurance waiver before attending any club event. There is a 30 day trial period in which to pay the dues. Meetup will automatically remove from the group, any new member who has not paid the dues within 30 days.

Many of our members started with a sit-on-top, or sit-in recreational kayaks. They came and saw what we were doing and decided to make upgrades to their equipment. The best way to determine if our paddle events are right for you is to look through the past trips. Read the descriptions and look at the pictures. If you can do some or all of them, you fit right in. Take a look at the paddle trip and skills ratings sheet. We like to go and have fun in our kayaks with friends. If this is something you like, come on out, join the club, and go on the paddles!

How to Pay Dues:

Dues are collected through Meetup and Stripe credit card processor.

1) Log into Meetup.

2) Click the 'Join this Group' in the Red Box on our FSK-Meetup home page.

3) It will take you to Meetup/Stripe where you may pay the $15 dues by credit card.

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How to Sign the Liability Waiver: (required when first joining and at the beginning of each following year)

1) With phone, tablet or computer, click on this link: https://form.jotform.com/210074080408142

2) Fill out form. Use your finger or mouse to sign in the signature box.

3) Print a copy if you desire.

4) Press the red 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. You will get a successful submission confirmation page.

5) An email will be sent to you with a PDF file of your signed waiver.

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FAQs

1. What is a kayak? The club primarily paddles sea kayaks followed by SOT and Rec Kayaks. For a more detailed explanation see the following wiki links. …Sea Kayaks… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_kayak Sit-on-Top kayak... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak#Sit-on-top

2. What is the Skills and Trip level sheet? This sheet lists skill levels and trip conditions levels. It gives definitions of the skills required for certain trip level conditions. The main thing to remember is that time does not indicate skill level. You might have kayaked for ten years but skill wise you're still a "beginner", level 1 or 2. See the link https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Sea-Kayak-Meetup/photos/26047477/458722097/ in our photo section.

Upcoming events (1)

FSKA Annual Meeting, 2021

Traders Hill campground

Every year we do an "Annual Meeting" . It basically consists of a weekend camping trip where we paddle Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (perhaps). On Saturday we have our annual business meeting and a club provided dinner. We've done it two years at Salt Springs Recreation park and two years at The Suwannee River Rendezvous. So this year we will try something different.

Tentative plan is to have the meeting at Traders Hill Campground,
1388 Tracys Ferry Rd, Folkston, GA 31537. It is a county camp ground on the St Mary's river. They have trailer spaces, tent sites, showers and a big covered picnic shelter. This allows us to paddle the river and do paddles in the Okefenokee Swamp Friday and Saturday. (more later)

Hold these dates while we check things out and make plans.

Addendum 1
Aug, 19, 2021.....you will make reservations through me in September-October. Instructions to follow.

Addendum 2,
Sept 13 , 2021

I have reserved area A. It is the center of the park. It has RV sites and some tent sites. The rest of the park around area A. It is a small park. We have use of the fire pit in the center of the camp sites. Sites have power (50, 30, and 20) and water. There is a dump station. Restrooms are “rustic”. There has been a renovation project in the works, but it hasn’t happened yet. Thoughts are it will happen in January 2022.

To make reservations message me, David P, through Meet Up and provide the following.
1. For RVs…… Your name(s)…….. RV length, what size power, slides yes/no? Date arrive, date depart, email
2. For tents…..your name(s)….. specify if you want power 15amp, date arrive/date depart, email,

Per our previous years. The club will be providing dinner Saturday night after the meeting. The Paddling P..s will provide a chili cook on Friday evening. You will provide everything else.

Your camp site cost is……
1. RV $20 per night.
2. Tent $10 per night.
Money will be collected at the park.

I will be firming up numbers with the park in November 1. I need firm commitments from y’all by Oct 29, 2021. If you sign up on Meet Up you are going for the day. If you sign up on Meet Up AND MESSAGE ME you are camping and have a site. Those attending will need to have current membership and a current insurance waiver signed.

DP

Past events (589)

Oklawaha River - Bear Run

Johnson Field Boat Ramp

Photos (8,375)