What we're about

About NSKC. (Our trips are intended for intermediate to advanced paddlers)

Welcome! For 15 years, NSKC has organized day paddling trips around Long Island waterways, with occasional longer trips to areas within the Tri-State. Trips range from short paddles on protected waters to longer, more exposed open-water paddles,. We also sponsor beach cleanups and skills classes. Our trips are for intermediate to advanced paddlers with sit in Kayaks longer than 13 feet. We believe paddling is safer, easier and more enjoyable with a group of friends.

NSKC membership

To become a NSKC member, download, print, and complete our waiver form, at https://www.dropbox.com/s/662t9hfc51z4c5d/NSKC%20WAIVER%20AND%20RELEASE%20OF%20ALL%20LIABILITY%20CLAIMS%202020.pdf?dl=0

· Bring the form and the $10 annual membership fee to the Season Meeting to your first paddle.

· Paddles are open to NSKC members only that have returned the completed Waiver AND are "Attending " the online Waiver Event.

NSKC Leaders

· NSKC trip leaders are volunteer organizers, not guides or instructors.

The trip leader can cancel the trip if conditions warrant it, at any time. The trip leader can review each participant's qualifications, equipment and clothing and can refuse participation to those who they deem unqualified or improperly equipped. The trip leader can set and vary the pace and the route, as needed, and turn the group back, short of the trip objective, if conditions warrant it.

NSKC Trip Sign Up

RSVP for the trip you choose. You may receive a response, asking you to TEXT the leader with your name, cell number, your emergency name and number. If necessary, the leader will text participants with trip updates (weather, location, time changes/cancellations). If you RSVP for a trip but your plans change, please update your RSVP. Don't be a “no show”. Two "No Shows" will get you removed from the club.

Choosing the Right Trip

Check to see if you possess the skill level (see Trip Levels), gear or attire to participate in the trip safely. Don’t sign up for a trip that you are not capable of completing. You will endanger yourself and the entire group. Kayaking is a potentially dangerous sport that presents a risk of serious injury or death. You choose to attend a NSKC event at your own risk and accept all responsibility for your own safety. The difficulty level of the trip is presumed under normal circumstances however the weather can push a Level 2 trip to a Level 3 trip. If you feel uncomfortable with the agenda, weather conditions, or have a health problem, it is your responsibility to something to the group, or, privately, to the leader. If the trip looks like it's more than you can handle, it's OK to bail out, or lobby for a change. NSKC does not provide instruction. If you are a novice, we highly recommend that you take a basic kayaking course before joining a NSKC paddle.

Arrive at least a half-hour prior to all paddles

The scheduled trip time is when you should be in the water and ready to paddle away. You must arrive a minimum of one- half hour prior to the scheduled trip departure time, to allow sufficient time to unload, prepare your boat and gear and join a pre-launch meeting. It is your responsibility to communicate with the paddle leader if you are running late. We may launch without you!

During the Paddle

The use of alcohol and drugs on club paddles is prohibited. Stay with the group, following the leader’s route. Faster paddlers should pause regularly to allow everyone to regroup. Personal responsibility - each participant is responsible for his/her own safety. Never blindly follow anyone into a situation you are not sure of. If you are having trouble, inform the trip leader. Look out for others in the group. Look for signs of sunburn, fatigue, seasickness or dehydration, inform the trip leader and help out if needed. If you choose to leave the group, tell the trip leader. In an emergency situation, the person performing the rescue is in charge. Give them space and do as they say.

Day Paddle Checklist

· Sea or touring sit-in kayak, Longer than 13 feet long (REQUIRED)

PFD (REQUIRED to be worn on the water)

Whistle -required

Water (required) & snack/food

Paddle float Bilge pump

Spray skirt (required to be worn on open water)


First aid kit

Spare clothes

Night Paddle Checklist

Same list as the Day Paddle 360 degree visible white light (REQUIRED)

Paddle Trip Ratings

Trips are separately rated for conditions/skills and endurance.

Level 1A trip is the easiest trip, while a Level 5D is the most difficult.

Kayakers should match their skill and endurance levels to each trip’s ratings.

Note: Trip levels are determined by both typical conditions and/or

the current weather forecast for a given area.

Key To Paddle Ratings:

Required Skills In Trip Level Conditions

Wind Conditions (MPH)

Water Conditions / Distance From Shoreline

Miscellaneous Requirements

Here is a link to the paddle ratings;



Wet exit or permission from the trip leader

S 0 - 5

G 0

Flat water
Less than ¼ mile from shore in protected waters

Entry and exit on soft beach sand


Perform in level 2 conditions:

· Wet exits

· Assisted rescues

S 5 - 10
G 15

Waves 1 foot or less
Current 2 knots or less
Less than ½ mile from shore
Minimal boat traffic

Entry and exit from a dock and/or pebbled beach


Perform in level 3 conditions:

· Assisted rescues

· Self rescues

· Bracing

S 10 - 15
G 20

Waves 1 - 2 feet, may break over kayak
Current 3 - 4 knots
Less than 1 mile from shore
Moderate boat traffic with sufficient distance for safety

Spray skirts required for Level 3 and above.
Entry and exit from a dock and/or rocky beach.


Perform in level 3 conditions:

· Assisted rescues

· Self rescues

· Instinctive bracing

S 15 - 20
G 25

Waves 2 - 3 feet
Currents 4 - 6 knots
Exposed crossings up to 10 miles
Heavy boat traffic in close proximity

Entry and exit into breaking waves and/or rocky coast line

Key to Endurance Rating

*Trip Length- considered total time paddling, exclusive of rest stops.

Actual trip time will be longer.

** Single-Segment Duration - the longest time paddling between rest stops.

*** Suggested Rest Stops - to be used as a guide. The trip leader will determine actual quantity and duration of rest stops.


Trip Length: Up to 3 hours / 6 miles

Segment: Up to 1 hour

Pace: Up to 2.5 MPH

Minimum of 1 stop.
Not less than ½-hour duration


Trip Length: to 4 hours / 10 miles

Segment: Up to 2 hour

Pace: Up to 3.5 MPH

Minimum of 1 stop.
Approx. ½-hour duration


Trip Length: Up to 6 hours / 15 miles

Segment: Up to 3 hour

Pace: No Limit

Rest Stops: TBD by the trip-leader


Trip Length: Greater than 6 hours / 15 miles

Segment: Greater than 3 hours

Pace: No Limit

Rest Stops: TBD by the trip-leader

Upcoming events (2)

Trip Ratings

Online event

NO need to respond to this event!

Link to Ratings :

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Safety Release & Waiver

Online event

By RSVPing "Attend" you are accepting all terms and conditions outlined below.
Please click on this link to print a hard copy and fill out. Or copy and paste the waiver located below the link. We need the emergency contact information to communicate with you before a paddle and to make our paddle safer.


Complete ALL contact information at bottom, drag the PDF into an email, and send to [masked], to participate in our paddles or bring to your next paddle.

o By signing this document, you give up the right to sue. All individuals who participate in any North Shore Kayak Club activities must first read and sign this waiver.
o Once signed, this waiver will be in effect for all club activities.
o In consideration of my being permitted to participate in North Shore Kayak Club activities, I agree to this release of claims, waiver of liability, and assumption of risks involved in activities including, but not limited to, kayaking, hiking, and skiing.
o The North Shore Kayak Club is solely a group of friends kayaking, hiking, or participating together in an activity. No club member is more responsible for safety than any other.
o I hereby waive any and all claims I may have against the North Shore Kayak Club and release from all liability, and agree not to sue, any North Shore Kayak club participants and associated volunteers for any or all personal injury, death, property damage, or loss sustained by me or my family as a result of my participation in any of the group’s recreational activities and due to any cause whatsoever, including, without limitation, negligence on the part of the participants and associated volunteers.
• I also agree to the following:
o 1. I ACKNOWLEDGE AND FULLY UNDERSTAND that I will be engaging in activities that involve risk of damage to personal property or serious injury, including permanent disability and death, and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from my own actions, inactions or negligence, but the actions or inactions or gross negligence and recklessness of others, the condition of a premises, or of any equipment used, weather, or sea or land conditions. Further, there may be other risks not know or not reasonably foreseeable at this time. I am physically fit and able to fully participate in all events related to these activities.
o 2. I assume all the foregoing risks and accept full personal responsibility for all expenses, medical or otherwise, following any such damages, injury, permanent disability or death.
o 3. If any part of this waiver is deemed unenforceable, the remainder of it stays in effect.
• North Shore Kayak Club Waiver & Release Acknowledgement
o I am signing this release with the understanding that it is binding against myself and my heirs, executors, administrators, and all others who may act on my behalf.
• Type name in as Acknowledgement

• Your Email address & Cell #

• Emergency Contact Name & Cell #

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