What we're about

HRK Rules and Regulations (http://www.meetup.com/Kayakers/pages/About_this_Meetup/)This is an adult organization (18 years old or older) of paddlers from beginners to advanced. You should join if you are looking to paddle with like minded people who enjoy paddling the creeks, rivers, bays, and oceans. Currently due to the type of paddles being posted you will get the most out of this group if you are a Sea Kayaker or a potential Sea Kayaker that can go on some of the less challenging trips in protected waters. Events may include other activities such as hiking, biking, camping, movies and the like.

If you join our group a profile picture is required that will allow other paddlers to recognize you. You can use your first name only but including the initial of your last name is recommended. Most of us like to take pictures and post them so if you join be advised that you can not expect privacy and your permission to post your picture is assumed. You can always ask the person who posted your picture to remove it.

You need to read the HRK Rules or Regulations now or in the near future before you sign up for an event:

HRK Rules and Regulations (http://www.meetup.com/Kayakers/pages/About_this_Meetup/)

But most important

- Take advantage of local training opportunities and group paddles to improve your skills. Kayak Symposiums and Paddle Fest are an excellent way to improve your skills and socialize with other like minded paddlers.

- Be an active member:

* RSVP for events.

* Participate in the message boards.

*Host Events - If your not an Event Organizer you can Host an Event by using the Suggest Tab on the home page. With two more RSVP's for your suggested event it will active. If it is a short fuse event you can ask an Event Organizer to make it active for you if it passes the common sense test.

- Be safe:

* Always wear a PFD

* Honestly rate you current kayaking level and don't push your self too much over what you feel comfortable doing. In open water paddling the environment can change very quickly with high winds and waves that you have never encountered before so be particularly careful and be considerate for others when you RSVP for an open water trip.

To help you to determine your skill level click on link to the Skill Assessment Guide:

Skill Assesment Guide (http://www.meetup.com/Kayakers/pages/Skill_Assessment_Guide/)

See you on the water!

Upcoming events (2)

Full Moon Paddle From Rens Rd. Poquoson

Rens Road

We will meet at 7pm be to on the water by 7:20. We will paddle around the islands out to the Bay, returning thru the islands. The sun sets at 8:28, moon rises at 9:13. Bring insect repellent and a white light that can be shown when approached by another boat, a flashlight is ok. After paddling we can go for dinner or refreshments in Poquoson. A properly worn life vest is required!

Paddle the BWCA

Needs a location

Long Range Trip Planning (Please read all the way through) I would like to visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Minnesota and Quetico in September of next year (2020). I’m looking for kayakers who would like to join me for a week long paddle/camping trip through the area. This will require planning and coordination among those wanting to participate so please don’t respond unless you are SERIOUS about the trip and willing to make the planning and participation a priority. The maximum group size in the BWCA is nine people and four watercraft (8 people/4 boats for us). If you’re thinking about a tandem boat remember there WILL be portages varying is distance from a few feet up to ½ mile (extreme case) depending on the route chosen. Permits and fees are required and some must be purchased/paid for in advance. Permits are available on a “first come” basis beginning on the last Wednesday in January. There are outfitters who will help with obtaining the permits, choosing routes and other items. Touring kayaks will be best suited for this trip as you will have to pack your boat with everything you need for the 7 days. (Packing food for an extra day would be a good idea) If we chose to paddle Quetico vice the BWCA passports/passport cards will be required I have requested information from one of the outfitters (North Country Canoe Outfitters) I am posting this trip on the Kayaking Enthusiast site first, but will open it to others starting 10/1/19 unless 7 people respond before then. Since dates must be entered to create an event and can be no longer than 14 days, I have posted the first 14 days of September, exact dates will be selected later.

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Lets Paddle at Lawerence Lewis Jr Park on the James

Lawrence Lewis Jr., Park

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