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Welcome to the Garden State Kayakers (GSK) Meetup Group!

Garden State Kayakers (GSK) was established with the primary objective of promoting the enjoyment of kayaking. We achieve this through organized trips, offering informal instruction, and facilitating the exchange of valuable information. The dedicated team behind GSK comprises passionate volunteers who take on the responsibility of planning and leading kayaking excursions across New Jersey and the tri-state area. Their collective enthusiasm lies in the thrill of exploring the diverse bodies of water and scenic coastlines that grace the state.

The core mission of Garden State Kayakers encompasses several key aspects.

  • Firstly, it aims to foster a sense of fellowship among kayaking enthusiasts, creating a community bound by a shared love for this recreational activity.
  • Safety is of paramount concern, and GSK is committed to educating its members on safe kayaking practices.
  • Moreover, we seek to cultivate an environment where information and skills related to kayaking are freely exchanged among members. This not only enhances the collective knowledge base but also encourages continuous learning and improvement.

Another vital dimension of GSK's mission revolves around environmental stewardship. The GSK Meetup Group encourages its members to develop a deep concern for and show respect toward the natural environment, particularly the waterways and marine ecosystems they navigate. The preservation and sustainability of these precious ecosystems are fundamental values upheld by Garden State Kayakers. Members are encouraged to enjoy kayaking while also being mindful of the impact they have on the environment and marine life.

Garden State Kayakers is always eager to welcome new members into its fold. Whether you are a novice looking to learn the ropes of kayaking or an experienced paddler seeking camaraderie and opportunities to share your expertise, GSK provides a welcoming community. Being a volunteer-run club, GSK places a collective emphasis on offering a diverse range of trips suitable for individuals of all skill levels. Additionally, the organization is dedicated to providing training and guidance to ensure that all members possess the necessary skills to paddle safely.

Regardless of your skill level – whether you are a beginner taking your first strokes in a kayak, an expert navigating challenging waters, or somewhere in between – Garden State Kayakers promises to be a place where you can forge new friendships, receive support, and embark on unforgettable kayaking adventures.

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Please note:
Participants engaging in activities with GSK should bear in mind that they assume full responsibility for their involvement. To the maximum extent permitted by law, all participants renounce any claims and commit to absolve the Garden State Kayakers Meetup Group, including its organizers, associates, staff, executives, directors, and contractors, from all liability claims of any nature, encompassing legal expenses and court fees, for personal injury or fatality of any individual, as well as damage to property arising from or associated with their participation. This agreement pertains not only to you but also to any individuals accompanying you in these pursuits. To this end:

  • It is imperative that you provide a suitable photograph for identification purposes, particularly in case of getting lost during an event. Failure to include a suitable photo in your profile may result in your exclusion from events.

  • We kindly ask members to respond accurately and comprehensively to membership and event-related questions and inquiries.

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