1. First Step: click Join button on this page, adding your real first and last name (and at the very least, your last initial). We are real people, who do real things, have real friendships, and use our real first and last names.
Answer all questions.When you join the SacYakkers Meetup Group you are a pending member of our club. Pending Members can check out our club for 2 events.
Membership, for now, will be free. Some events a $5 planning donation is asked for to keep this site active. Event hosts that plan trips and offer them are waived for these donations , and are greatly appreciated. Deadwood members are screened and removed.
Location: While most events originate in Sacramento area, we draw members in from over 100 miles, including bay area, Folsom, Placerville, Auburn, and Roseville.
WHY THIS GROUP: If recreational kayaking, adventure in exploring, and camping is your outlet for fun, look no further. You have found us. We kayak various local lakes, American River, sloughs, foothill lakes, and high sierra lakes. We camp, fish from kayaks, do coastal trips, and have fun all along the way. If you get along with people, and enrich their lives by coming along, you are most welcome.
Non-Members: Check us out--two trips should give you a feel of why so many enjoy the unique paddling experience of SacYakkers.
By joining, attending, friend of member, you agree to waive all liability to any individual, host, group organizers and , not limited to:
Attendance, participation, shuttling, driving with attendees, meetings, risks of kayaking with or without others, that you accept the "risks of life", and guarantee you will hold harmless any individual associated with this group, and that you are personally responsible for your own ability / risk assessment / health / well-being for any injury, sickness, or death. Your conduct and decisions to participate come without warranty of safety. You alone are responsible for participating in any way.
Hosts / leaders may reject individuals from attending should they deem necessary for any reason without explanation. This freedom of leaders is necessary to maintain the safety of other members, the individual rejected for safety, conduct with others, consistency of planned event, abilities and gear brought to events.
Hosts shall not be held to liability or any standard imposed by government for injury, sickness or death, or failure to determine guidelines by government or health agencies or ordinances, laws. Attendance is voluntary, self determining, and comes with no warranty of safety.
All individuals are expected to maintain social distancing, take any measures practical to avoid the spread of virus, and will use masks within federal guidelines when proximity and location dictates these measures. Host may add, escalate measures, and enforce measures to their satisfaction, as they are the hosts inviting you to join in. As a matter of practice, please social distance a minimum of 12 feet when kayaking. If you have had a headache, nausea, running a temperature in the last 14 days, stay home! You must disclose any symptoms of colds, coughs, or any symptoms of asthma, COPD, or any recent flue like symptoms with hosts, and may not attend for failure to respond to your message of any recent illness.
Why Annual Dues are waived, but small donations are appreciated
I initially charged $15 per year to keep out the non-serious individuals. I prefer a small $5 planning donation from time to time instead of a mandate from meetup.
1. Meetup charges me to use their software. 2. My Time! I purchase maps, permits, and gear, and negotiate great terms for gear and events for your benefit.
How to Choose an Event:
Our events are posted on the club calendar (link at left), and announced within a few months of event. There will usually be a description of the waterway given for event posted. Please READ each event description to see if it's a good fit for you. This keeps you safe and keeps your fellow members happy. If you are a newbie, please start out with one of our EASY paddles to see "where you are". Please do NOT come out on a paddle that's too difficult for your condition. Please be aware of your own physical condition and limitations....be prepared.
WHY NOT THIS GROUP: 1. If you intend to join for the purpose of acting in an official capacity, this is a breach of membership and constitute a breach of INVOKED constitutional rights. Organizer may refuse membership to anyone at his or her discretion or remove members or guests at will, and may do so without stating reason.
EMAILS: You are in this group to kayak, not to get overloaded in emails. I respect that, so emails will be sent to those on the list and SPARINGLY. So to really enjoy the group, please enjoy receiving the emails, as details important to you fall through the crack when I cannot reach you.
NON-KAYAK EVENTS: I have included a few other activities in this meetup because...sometimes its good to get a change up to an activity that is truly adventurous, or takes us places when we cannot enjoy the kayak time due to weather.
LIABILITY: If you are a lawyer...go away! Organizers and hosts, are participants offering friends opportunity to join them solely as a support of friendship and safety in numbers. No assumption of risk, authority, warranty of safety exists whatsoever, and by acceptance of membership, you absolve all participants and organizers of any liability for safety, injury, death or other type of potential liable action. You are entirely responsible for your choice to participate or not, and by your doing so, have realized the risks, and hold harmless to others for your personal choice. Safety is all important to this group, but we do not know your limitations, nor can we predict how nature treats us in our kayaks. Life is a risk. Any leadership decisions regarding your participation is either to diminish your risk or the risk of others, or to refuse you to participate for your own good.
Host is not responsible for vetting suitable conditions for others to paddle. You are the sole decision maker whether you accept the conditions present.
Adventure is the driving force of this group, and will include other activities such as snow shoeing, skiing, and SCUBA diving, and an occasional whitewater rafting trip.
We will avoid sending you a long stream of emails on non-related topics. If we do a dinner, it will be a meet and greet, perhaps with a photo sharing or a discussion on another paddle to plan!
Members must read and acknowledge all "about" section including liability, must follow meetup RSVP instructions, as getting equipment, people, and fewest cars requires planning. State Park announcements are only announcements, not implied "invitations", these mentions are only for the purpose of inspiration to see who else is coming.
BECOME A TRIP INITIATOR / EVENT ORGANIZER:
TRIP INITIATOR / ASSISTANT ORGANIZERS & EVENT ORGANIZERS: It is the policy of SacYakkers E/O's and A/O's adhere to a policy of using event planning solely within the group. Materials, events, content of this site is not to be shared, posted. Conversely, any event content of other groups, as a courtesy shall remain with that group, unless that group organizer authorizes dissemination of their group content.
The Organizer, assistant organizer, or event organizer is fully empowered to turn folks away at the launch for any reason. Generally, this will only be in cases of safety, the general good of the group, conflicts, preparedness.