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. Some of our members have been in the club over 18 years.

Our members have varied experience and interests. We are a paddling club. We paddle 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 sponsored skills training, assisted rescue training (scheduled and unscheduled), guest speakers and discussion of topics of interest. We had a favorite paddle meeting where we brought examples of our paddles and why we like them. We just sponsored a couple of kids to a paddling summer camp. Last year we offered over 100 paddle opportunities.

Our club recently got back to our charter and reorganized under the Common Adventure Model. In truth it was the way we operated. Basically that means that you are responsible for your own skills, equipment, decisions and safety. Everyone in the group watches out for each other. We also purchased liability insurance which covers you and everyone else on the paddle. We endeavor to bring along new paddlers, but ultimately it is a sport with risks and you take them under your own supervision. Club $15 dues and signing the insurance 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 day. They also automatically remove members who do not renew annually.

Many of our members started with a sit-on-top, or sit in recreational kayak. They came and saw what we were doing and decided to make upgrades to their equipment. The best way to determine if our paddles are right for you is to look through the trips. Read the descriptions and look at the pictures. If you can do that you fit right in. If you want to work to that end you might fit in. Take a look at the paddle trip and skills ratings sheet. Following this welcome letter you fill find information and links to the group information and procedures.

In any event, we like to go and have fun in our boats with friends. If this is something you are into, come on out, join the club, and go on the paddles!

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How to Pay Dues:

Dues are collected through Meetup via WePay (a Chase Company).

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

2) Log in with your Meetup id and password. (If none, sign up with email and create an id)

3) It will take you to WePay where you may pay by credit card.

How to Sign the Insurance Waiver: (required when first joining and prior to February of each year)

1) Download the Fillable 2019 Insurance Waiver with this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/3abkyr67o9yzowf/FSKA-Waiver-PMA-2019-V1.pdf?dl=0

(Please ignore Dropbox's attempts to persuade you to create a Dropbox account or download their ap. You do NOT need to do either. Nor do you need to login to Dropbox.)

2) Once you have the Waiver PDF file, type in your information and SAVE the file on your computer. (Adobe Reader allows filling in information fields and saving file)

3) Print and sign the completed form. (See Footnote if you have an Electronic Signature)

4) Scan the signed form and save to your computer.

5) Upload the signed waiver to the club Dropbox using the following link. https://www.dropbox.com/request/e8gtWxDr1auu4ql0BOMO

(Footnote) If you have a registered electronic signature, use it to sign electronically and then skip to Step 5 to upload. No need to print the form. (You can register an electronic signature with Adobe or other websites if you would like to create one.)

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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 (5+)

23nd Annual Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium

The Sweetwater 23nd Annual Florida Gulf Coast International Sea Kayak Symposium https://sweetwaterkayaks.wordpress.com/symposium/ is a non-FSKA kayak skills training event. If interested register at the web link. But to let others know you plan to attend, you may want to register here on our Meetup too.

Around Jekyll Island (ABIS_9_2)

Boat Ramp

<<<< Friday update >>>> The trip is still on, however, the 'slightly disputing' forecasts make this an intermediate+ trip. The forecast for now is still somewhat 'borderline', but as is, ok. There will not be another update, unless forecast changes for the worse. Also, we can gauge conditions when we get there. -------- NWS Marine Forecast 351 AM EST Fri Feb[masked] Coastal waters from Altamaha Sound to Fernandina Beach FL out 20 NM FRIDAY NIGHT East southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 8 seconds. Inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers through the night. Areas of sea fog after midnight. SATURDAY Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 8 seconds. Inland waters a light chop. Areas of fog in the morning. A slight chance of showers in the morning. A chance of showers in the afternoon. National Weather Service NOAA Jekyll Island GA Marine Point Forecast Tonight SE wind around 7 kt becoming NE after midnight. A slight chance of showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers after midnight. Areas of fog after midnight. Seas 1 ft or less. Saturday ENE wind around 8 kt. A slight chance of showers. Areas of fog before 10am. Seas 1 ft or less. www.Windy.com Sat 4am 7-9kt NE Sat 12pm 5-10kt ESE -------- <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> start from here: https://goo.gl/maps/UsPNKBYzVU82 will probably go clockwise, though can go either way (depends on wind direction) Distance: 18 miles Time: around 5-6 hours Intermediate level trip Notes: * the START time posted is ON water time (I'll be there about 1/2 hour prior) * will cancel FSKA trip if weather is bad. On Wednesday (before trip) I will update here with NOAA forecast (and my advice). * There is a charge to enter 'Jekyll Island' (as of last year: $6). see route here: http://www.yakabout.us/fska/abis.html (click on the 'arrow' to 'zoom' to the trip) For more info on the 'ABIS' trips, see the 'ABIS-9' announce forum note, here: https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Sea-Kayak-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/51942875 ABIS_9 trips: ------------------------------------ 1) Little Talbot Island (13 miles) (2/9 start at 10:30am) (clockwise) 2) Jekyll Island (18 miles) (2/23 start at 4am) (clockwise) 3) Amelia Island (33 miles) (3/16 start at 4am) (clockwise) 4) Anastasia Island (Matanzas<=>StAug) (34 miles) (3/30 start at 4am) (clockwise) 5) MosqDeLeon (MosqLag<=>PonceInlet) (39 miles) (4/13 start at 6am) (clockwise) 6) MatGamb (Matanzas<=>Gamble Rogers) (42 miles) (4/27 start at 2am) (clockwise) 7) Cumberland Island (47 miles) (5/18 start at 7am) (clockwise)

Around Amelia Island (ABIS_9_3)

Amelia Island State Recreation Area (south)

Start from here: https://goo.gl/maps/BqNpFSgDdzu - paddle around - clockwise (Nassau Sound Entrance, ICW, ocean, Nassau Sound Entrance) Distance: 33 miles Time: 11 hours or less Advanced level (long miles, ocean paddling) Notes: * the START time posted is ON water time (I'll be there about 1/2 hour prior) * 'lunch' at parking lot - north end of Amelia, other than that - no planned land stops (unless lightning or other weather), will stop (on water) every hour for 5mins * will cancel FSKA trip if weather is bad. On Wednesday (before trip) I will update here with NOAA forecast (and my advice). * There is a charge to park. Last time I was there (a few months ago) it was $2 see route here: http://www.yakabout.us/fska/abis.html (click on the 'arrow' to 'zoom' to the trip) For more info on the 'ABIS' trips, see the 'ABIS-9' announce forum note, here: https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Sea-Kayak-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/51942875 ABIS_9 trips: ------------------------------------ 1) Little Talbot Island (13 miles) (2/9 start at 10:30am) (clockwise) 2) Jekyll Island (18 miles) (2/23 start at 4am) (clockwise) 3) Amelia Island (33 miles) (3/16 start at 4am) (clockwise) 4) Anastasia Island (Matanzas<=>StAug) (34 miles) (3/30 start at 4am) (clockwise) 5) MosqDeLeon (MosqLag<=>PonceInlet) (39 miles) (4/13 start at 6am) (clockwise) 6) MatGamb (Matanzas<=>Gamble Rogers) (42 miles) (4/27 start at 2am) (clockwise) 7) Cumberland Island (47 miles) (5/18 start at 7am) (clockwise)

East Coast Paddlesports Symposium

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The Charleston Symposium has changed to Sea Kayak and will be in March this year instead of April. The previous years it was getting diluted with many paddle types. If you are interested follow the link: https://www.ccprc.com/1584/East-Coast-Paddlesports-Symposium This is Not an FSKA event, so you must register on the symposium website. But to let others know you are going you can register on our FSKA Meetup too.

Past events (394)

PADDLE DURBIN CREEK

Hood Landing

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