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Kayak Explorers & More (Sarasota, FL)

Kayak Explorers is paddling group on the west coast of Florida. We also often have biking, hiking, sailing and other activities for our members. Our members are mainly residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, but everyone is welcome to join.

Welcome to Kayak Explorers!

Members have a 30 DAY FREE TRIAL period to “get to know our group.” Prior to the end of the 30 day trial period, the annual dues of $10 must be paid or new members will be dropped from our group. How to pay dues is included in the “Welcome” message sent when you first join. Dues come due again January 1 of every year. New members must have a profile picture of themselves. Members must each have their own membership-no couples/families together. Dues help pay for parties, rental fees of different venues, food, supplies, and the meet up fee.

Dues must be paid and current to participate in events.

Our group is suitable for all levels of paddlers. Hosts of paddles list the appropriate skill level on event descriptions. If you are unsure about your skill level or your mode for paddling, contact the event Host.

Children under 18 and pets are not allowed on paddles unless members receive permission from the Host of the event.

Please be supportive of Hosts. We are all volunteers. If you have any questions or concerns, message the Host or post a comment on the event page. Meanwhile, let them lead, stay with the group, be a team player, on time, cooperative and enjoy.

Each participant on a Kayak Explorers paddle must have a seaworthy boat, a Coast Guard approved PFD, a whistle, and a white light for night paddles.

No-show Policy

Last minute issues come up that can prevent someone from attending a paddle or event once they RSVP. There are often waiting lists. Hosts are committed to starting the event on time. No shows and late arrivals can hold up the whole group as well as prevent those on the waiting list from participating. Anyone who RSVPs and fails to show up at the time of the event without changing their status or notifying the Host two times will be removed from the group.

We are not a dating site, discussing politics is discouraged, please be courteous to other members and especially the Hosts who put their time and energy into listings events for all of us to participate in.

We hope to see you at our next paddle or event!


Participation in any Kayak Explorers event implies that you have read, understand, and agree with our ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY. Per the Electronic Records and Signatures in Commerce Act, Public Law 106-229 by joining this group, you agree to all the terms listed.

Each participant on a Kayak Explorers paddle must have a seaworthy boat, a whistle, a white light (for night paddles), all other equipment required by law and a Coast Guard approved PFD.

I certify that I am physically fit and prepared for participation in an event and have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical professional.

Kayaking can be physically and mentally demanding. Kayaking can involve significant risks and hazards, such as collision with power boats, hypothermia, joint or trauma injuries and even drowning.

I acknowledge awareness of the risks, foreseen and unforeseen, which are inherent in each event/activity. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, serious personal injury, property damage, and death from participation in or travel to and from the event. I acknowledge and accept responsibility for insuring that any guests that I bring to a Kayak Explorers event/activity have read and understand our ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.

Kayak Explorers and its organizers do not, in any way, claim to be professionals or otherwise licensed, certified, trained, etc. to provide any service including emergency medical procedures. Since most Kayak Explorers activities occur on the water, by participating in a Kayak Explorers event/activity you are acknowledging that you are aware and understand that in the event of a serious medical emergency, treatment may be multiple hours away. I consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and /or illness during events.

I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the rules of the event/activity as published on the Kayak Explorers website. I also understand that at an event/activity I may be photographed. I agree to allow my name and/or likeness to be used for any legitimate purpose as determined by Kayak Explorers.

By participating in a Kayak Explorers event/activity, I Agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY (Meet up.com, the Kayak Explorers Meet-up Group, its organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, trip leaders and event planners, as well as their families from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from injuries, personal or property, losses, costs, damages, disability or death resulting from participating in or travelling to or from the activity. It is further understood and agreed that this ACCIDENT WAIVER and RELEASE OF LIABILITY is to be binding on my heirs and assigns. This ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY shall be construed broadly and applied to the maximum extent permissible by law.


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