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 19 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. Some years we have 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 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. 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 in to, 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 at the beginning of each following year)

1) Download the Fillable 2020 Insurance Waiver with this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mb1mes29feg3x0z/FSKA-Waiver-PMA-2020-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/UEapeEhZWwhE0JjdoOBF

(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 (3)

Hammerhead Ocean Swim (Jax Beach) - Swimmer Escorts

American Red Cross Life Saving Corps

Hammerhead Ocean Swim Escort – Jacksonville Beach ________________________________________________________________ Join us at sunrise on the beach for this annual event. We'll launch directly from the beach and head to the starting positions to escort the swimmers along the race courses. We'll refine our coverage plan in the coming weeks. Please provide me with your preferred T-Shirt size! Skill Level: intermediate - must be comfortable with sea swells and 2-3 foot wind waves, bracing and be willing to assist swimmers in need with your kayak Time on the water: usually 3-4 hours More details: 1) in the water time - 7 am 2) very cool looking T-shirts for all the kayaker escorts! So I'll need the shirt size for those attending 3) meet in the parking lot on 1st Avenue S. – 1 block south of Beach Blvd. 4) launch from the beach just over the boardwalk from the parking lot 5) at TBD am we’ll paddle to the assigned buoys 6) the 5K race starts at TBD while the other two will start at TBD am 7) after the last swimmer has finished we'll practice surf re-entries, wet exits and surf crashing exits too! Once we exit the water we plan to have brunch somewhere Note: if the surf is too rough we won't risk our paddlers' safety on a risky day - no one is obligated to launch if they are uncomfortable with the conditions. Usually in August the seas are flat with a small, slow sea swell rolling onto the low tide beach. Bring your cameras for sunrise and on the water photos. Our objective: keep the swimmers from venturing out too far, assist anyone that needs to rest or get helped to shore - be sure to instruct anyone you help to grab the nose of your boat (not the cockpit where you are!)

CANCELED, as of May 27: State Paddle Rendezvous

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

As in the past we sometimes post activities by others so FSKA members will know about paddle activities. This particular activity is the annual State Paddle club Rendezvous. It is run by others and you have to sign up on their web link to be signed up. Sign up here just so the FSKA members know who is going. DP The following was received.......... In 2020, the 27-80 Paddlers of Stuart, Florida will be sponsoring the 2020 Rendezvous. The event will be held at the awesome Jonathan Dickinson State Park. This is a large park with 11,500 acres. The Loxahatchee River borders the park and the Intra-coastal waterway is right next door. Paddle trips such as going upriver to historical Trapper Nelson’s compound will be offered. Camp sites are going fast. Most folks are arriving Oct 1st, and attending the 3 day event; Oct 2,3,4. When I last checked, there were still 53 camp sites available. These camp sites can hold 2 tents, 8 people and 2 cars, and come with full utilities. I have info on off site camping. Try to share, split costs etc. for your camp site. For campsite Reservations....... https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/jonathan-dickinson-state-park We are hard at work defining activities, documentation, entertainment and paddles. When we have firm details and schedules, an Eventbrite registration package and link will be sent out. Look for a notice in the next few weeks. This notice will have a hot link to the Eventbrite Registration package. John Corzine—Rendezvous 2020 team Main: [masked] Backup: [masked][masked]

2020 Annual Meeting Weekend-Suwanee River Rendezvous

Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort fun place

This is the 2020 annual meeting... There are 3 trips TBD that will take place (one of which I plan to lead). We will also have our dinner, annual meeting, selection of 2021 officers, etc. on Saturday afternoon after the paddle. Most likely at the onsite restaurant. More info to come as we get closer. https://www.suwanneeriverrendezvous.com or call[masked] to book your site or room.

Past events (511)

Melrose Bay

Melrose Boat Ramp

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