Meet other local paddlers. Beginners welcome, focus is on easier trips - there are many beautiful ponds, lakes and slow rivers in central Mass to explore!
This is a participatory group. No one person plans and leads the events. You are indeed encouraged to organize and host events for the group that members can enjoy. Contact the organizer if you want to join the group's Leadership Team and have the tools you need to plan your own events.
This group's Organizer fees are financed with small donations from its members ($5 is suggested). There are three ways to donate: A) Mail to Ron Haines. (Send him a message first to get the correct address) B) Paypal via this link, https://paypal.me/ronaldhaines . C) Pay at an event. Make sure the name you use on Meetup accompanies your payment so we can confirm your contribution.
***PLEASE NOTE*** The organizers in this group are NOT trained leaders or instructors. The organizers only set the time and place, each person participating in any group trip is responsible for their own safety. Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions.
We do ask that everyone wear a PFD at all times on the water, regardless of the time of year. Also in accordance with local and national boating regulations, whistles are required on all trips and lights (a headlamp or flashlight is sufficient) are required on late afternoon/evening paddles. We have on occasion been checked by environmental police at the launch for these items, better to be prepared. A pump made specifically for kayaking or an alternate bailing device is recommended.
It is highly recommended that each person participating in an event bring a spare set of clothes in a waterproof bag, as well as water, snack, sunscreen and insect repellent. A hat or visor and sunglasses are advisable for early evening paddles when the sun is low in the sky.
Liability Release – AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, you agree to hold harmless and indemnify the organizer and their heirs, and all members and participants of this MeetUp group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial and/or other risk associated with this MeetUp. All MeetUp activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment.