NOTE DUE TO PANDEMIC WE ARE MAXED OUT IN MEMBERS, IF YOU APPLY IT MAY BE A WHILE BEFORE A SPOT OPENS. We do not want current members boxed out of being able to RSVP due to covid19 limits of 10 per event.
During covid19 we practice social distancing and have limited attendance.
This private group is for intermediate kayakers and bicyclists whom we know and who want to participate in joint activities in Tampa Bay area.
We do not charge dues.
BY JOINING OUR GROUP YOU AGREE TO OUR TERMS OF PARTICIPATION
By registering and participating in this meetup, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the following statement:
I understand that bicycling, kayaking and other activities herein involve certain dangers and risks which I am prepared to fully assume for myself and all children accompanying me. I will abide by all traffic and/or boating laws and regulations and agree to participate in a safe and prudent manner. In addition, I agree to waive all claims which I, or any member of my family, or my heirs, executors or assigns, may have against this meetup or its agents for damages or injury sustained as the result of participating in the physical activity here or in the future with the group. I warrant my health, experience, skill level and equipment are appropriate for my participation plus my guests if any.
The event leader may have a release for me to sign.
We are volunteers, not professional hosts, leaders, medical personnel, cartographers, weather forecasters or mechanics, coaches or psychologists, just folks who enjoy group events with like minded peers :) . You are totally responsible for your own equipment, personal skill level, health, personal safety and decisions.
We in our sole discretion may choose whom to accept or remove from this meetup group. We do not want problem or inactive members.
Negative or adversarial comments, posts or actions will result in removal and banning of the offending party.
Don't send instant messages through meetup to folks you haven't met. Propositions to meet outside of meetup events to a virtual stranger is creepy. Of course a relevant message to or from an event host regarding an upcoming meetup is different.
Thank you for that consideration.
Players there are plenty of other sites if you just want to hook up one on one, don't make folks feel unsafe here. If you have done a meetup with someone and want to send them a good to see/meet you followup to me that is totally different, but if they do not reply or aren't interested don't be a "meetup creep". Of course it's great if folks "meetup" and some magic develops. So please remember while it is fun to "meetup", this group is not "hookup.com" or "match.com". Not everyone here is single or seeking a romance.
Remember if you receive an unsolicited message or suspicious or inappropriate behavior, please report it to Paul H or Paul S, it is grounds for dismissal of violating party. They probably are spamming others here and in other groups.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER AND LIABILITY POLICY:
By joining this group, RSVPing to events, and attending events, you are confirming that you have read, understand, accept and are legally bound by the following:
1. This is a meetup group. Attending events or trips is voluntary by you as a member. Participation in any activity with us by you is at your own risk. You assume the risk for any guest you bring, adult or minor.
2. By joining our group as a member you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the group, it's organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, event hosts, other members and guests from all claims or liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property, loss of personal property or any other wrongful act arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and to other persons who may accompany you in these endeavors, adult or minor.
3. You also agree to hold the organizers as well as other group members harmless. By participating voluntarily in the group, you expressly waive any and all such claims against each and every other member and their guests in the group, including without limitation any and all claims against the group organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, and event hosts.
4. Any social events or trips that this meetup ot it's member sponsors, holds or provides information about will fall also under the same Disclaimer and Liability guidelines listed above.
5. Re kayaking, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (https://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/) sets the rules and regulations for all motorized and non-motorized watercraft. While kayakers do not have to follow all of the same rules as motorized vessels, some of the rules and regulations do apply.
Life Jackets-Every child in your kayak under the age of 6 must wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (https://www.trails.com/list_231_best-life-jackets-kayaking.html) (PFD) while the kayak is moving. For everyone over the age of 6, there must be an approved PFD available inside the kayak unless the kayak is being used within a "swimming, surfing, or bathing area." While those over the age of 6 are not required to wear their life jackets, it's good practice to keep your life jacket on and securely fastened while you are on the water.
Sound Device-Kayakers are required to carry a sound-making device that can be heard for at least one-half nautical mile when the kayak is in use. A whistle or horn are the most commonly used sound devices. The sound device is required in the event that you need to alert other boaters of your presence in order to avoid a collision. The sound device can also be used to signal for help should you find yourself in trouble and require assistance. To signal distress, blow hard into your whistle three times in a row. Most kayakers will attach a whistle to their life jacket where it is easily accessible.
Lights-When kayaking between sunset and sunrise, or during periods of reduced visibility such as fog or rain, kayakers are required to carry a white light onboard their kayak. The kayaker is to display the light (https://www.trails.com/facts_40180_kayak-safety-lighting.html) if another vessel approaches, to avoid a possible collision. Most kayakers use a flashlight or lantern as their light. Take note that the light should not be continually displayed, but shown only when other vessels are approaching.
Registration-Kayaks do not have to be registered in the state of Florida unless they have a motor.
Law Enforcement-According to state law, law enforcement officers have the authority to stop you while you are kayaking to check and make sure you are complying with all safety laws. Law enforcement officers also have the authority to order the removal or relocation of your kayak if it is deemed a hazard to public safety or is found to be interfering with the navigation of other vessels.
Manatee Awareness-Manatees in Florida and around the world are listed as vulnerable, meaning their populations are declining. There are an estimated 6,130 manatees in Florida and they are protected by state and federal law. Anything that disrupts a manatee's normal behavior is punishable by law and could result in a $50,000 fine or land you in jail for a year. Should you be lucky enough to see a manatee while you are in your kayak, maintain a respectable distance and let the animal have its space.
Seagrass Awareness -Seagrasses are the main source of food for marine herbivores such as manatees and green sea turtles. In some Florida waters it is a violation of state law to damage seagrass beds. While kayaking, stay within channels and avoid taking shortcuts through seagrass beds. Seagrass beds are marked as light green or by the letters "grs" on navigational charts.
6. No hate zone. Please avoid any hateful comments, profanity, political ranting or rhetoric. We will ban rabble rousers. Let's keep this a friendly positive place.
7. On recent kayak events participants got separated and in fact one had to be picked up a couple miles from the start/finish point as they did not stay with the group and made a wrong turn. It is each kayaker's responsibility to have the ability and attentiveness to stay with the group.
8. It is not fair to the leader or other group members at an event if a newer participant causes the group to go much slower or less distance than what was planned.
9. Most of our outings are in the intermediate range. If you do not know if you can do the distance or pace find out by using a free program like www.mapmyride.com (http://www.mapmyride.com/) to measure your comfort zone.
10. Our events should not be your first test. You should have some competence and confidence.
11. Do you have some fun ideas for events?
If you want to be an event host so you may post an outing just let Paul H or Paul S know. The cool thing about hosting is you pick, the what, where and when of things that you want to do! The more variety of event types, venues and hosts the better.
12. This is A Private Group
Only members of this group can see its full content, including details about its members and events. Some information about the group is public.
These basic details about groups and events are always public, regardless of our content visibility setting:
Basic group information
group name, main photo, description, number of members, group reviews, date founded
Basic organizer details
organizer name and profile photo
Basic event details
titles, date, time, and number of RSVPs
13. We ask current members to not refer in potential members casually especially as many events are already close to capacity.
14. We reserve the right to remove from this group or any event anyone we have found to be in our sole opinion problematic, a no show, or to not be capable of completing an event previously. It can ruin an outing for the leader or whole group when someone is way behind, incompetent, or just obnoxious. Of course we understand if a member has an equipment issue or unexpected physical issue such as a cramp etc. This paragraph is not directed at those situations but more to someone who has no manners, no clue or no prior experience.
Conclusion, we are volunteers, not professional hosts, leaders, medical personnel, cartographers, weather forecasters or mechanics, coaches or psychologists, just folks who enjoy group events with like minded peers :) . You are totally responsible for your own equipment, personal skill level, health, personal safety and decisions.