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  • ddintruff@yahoo.com
    Peter who organized the Stamford Meet-up Group and is coordinating this years Norwalk Island Kayakers Jamboree the 2rd week in August, gave KingstonPaddlePals
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2009

      Peter who organized the Stamford Meet-up Group and is coordinating this years Norwalk Island Kayakers Jamboree the 2rd week in August, gave KingstonPaddlePals permission to modify & use the disclaimer and social model of the Stamford Group and Kayakers Jamboree.

      Please read this so that all paddlers have a shared expectation of what it means when we say: we'd like to keep the KingstonPaddlePals Group informal with all participants taking personal responsibility.  Thank you.  (This following disclaimer & information has also been placed as a file on the KPP group site)

      KingstonPaddlePals Disclaimer & Social Model


      The KingstonPaddlePals (KPP) group is not a legal entity. It is a forum (medium for the open exchange of information and discussion of kayaking) and a social network (an association of people drawn together by their interest in kayaking).   KingstonPaddlePals  is a subgroup of Yahoo Groups which is a social networking site (a website that provides a virtual community for people interested in a particular subject or just to "hang out" together). KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group, its organizers, and its members assumes no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual.

      The terms organizers (group or paddle) and webmaster refers only to an individuals status on the Yahoo Groups website forum. Such terms refer only to an individuals access to the site for posting events and notes. These individuals do not assume any responsibility or liability of or for others.

      The KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group or event  organizers, and assistant organizers are not responsible for any incidents and/or accidents as a result of members who, by using this forum, locate, contact,  "meet up", and/or purchase from other members and/or non-members.

      The KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group, the organizer and assistant organizers are not responsible for providing information to indicate the appropriate skill level or indicating if the paddle is in protected water, open water, currents and tidal effected water, boat traffic, etc. They are not responsible for monitoring the weather and or informing others of dangerous weather or sea conditions. Further, they are not responsible to indicate if it is appropriate for a certain boat type (e.g. recreational boats without air bags or bulkheads, sit-on-tops without thigh straps) to join the paddle.  Any paddle the organizers and assistant organizers are not responsible for monitoring and/or turning people away from any event (e.g. individuals going out in cold water without a wet or dry suit).    Nor are they responsible for dividing the group into a fast/skilled group and a slower and possibly less skilled group.  Most of the paddles planned by KPP members will be in public access area where KPP, the organizer and assistant organizers have no legal authority to deny use or access to anyone.

      All KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group members engaging in any activity during either a group event or privately planned event via the message board are responsible for their own safety and acquiring your own safety gear should such gear be necessary. When borrowing gear from other people including members of the group you are accepting the same responsibilities as if it was your own gear. All KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group members engaging in any activity are responsible for knowing the risk and responsibilities of that activity prior to engaging in the activity.

      Your personal responsibility also includes your choice of individuals you associate with. The KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group does not screen members, perform back ground checks, or verify kayaking skill levels, training, or personal judgment (e.g. racing a storm).   Please use the same discretion when meeting members via the group as you would elsewhere.

      From time to time groups other than the KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group will post activities on the KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group, and we encourage them to do so.  These activities are for informational purposes only and neither the KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group, nor its organizers and assistant organizers assume any responsibility or liability for other groups activities or events. Such postings may include professional outfitters, paid tour guides and other kayaking groups and clubs.  Such professional outfitters, paid tour guides, and groups/clubs are not legally affiliated with the KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group, and exist independent of the group. The KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group does not assume any of the legal liability of any professional outfitters, paid tour guides or other groups/clubs in any way.   Members are encouraged to exercise their own judgment when engaging with other groups even when payments are involved (e.g. avoid risks that you aren’t ready for, including channel crossings and/or racing a storm).

      The use of alcohol is a personal choice for those of legal age. Alcohol consumption greatly increased the risk of any activity. The KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group members are individually and personally responsible for there own actions, including choosing or continue to engage in an activity were other participants are consuming alcohol, drugs, and/or other substances that may impair an individuals coordination, judgment, or response.

      Kayaking is a water activity and has inherent risks. Likewise, biking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking and even dating are examples of other activities that bear risk as well. KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group members when engaging in any activity are doing so at their own risk even if it was planned by a KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group organizers or using the message board or personal messaging functions of this forum.

      It is highly recommended that kayakers take a kayak safety training clinic and know the basics of safe boating and navigation. Member of the KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group may from time to time offer advice and opinions, but reliance on such information is at your own risk. You are responsible for knowing and understanding Kayak Safety Rules provided on several of the links on the KingstonPaddlePals group site. Knowledge of CPR is encouraged. 

      It is your personal responsibility to check the weather and tidal currents before you paddle and to assess how the predicted conditions will affect your personal paddling skills. Further, it is your personal responsibility to always bring appropriate gear for the predicted conditions.  It is your personal responsibility to let someone know your trip plans.  Numerous links to assess paddling conditions are provided on the KingstonPaddlePals site.

      The KingstonPaddlePals Yahoo Group operates under a common adventure model. The definition of common adventure is two or more individuals working cooperatively on an adventure trip toward common goals, but with three defining boundaries: absence of autocratic leadership, and absence of monetary benefits to a group or individual, and absent legal responsibility of the group or individual to the safety of others on the trip. In simple words KingstonPaddlePals events are just a fun trips among friends, with each person responsible for their own well being.

      What is the The common adventure model?

      a couple of friends getting together and going on a trip. It might be two or three friends going climbing or hiking together. Or it might be a couple of families combining to go rafting together. Someone comes up with the idea, but there's really no designated leader. No one is charging money or acting as a "guide." It's just a fun trip among friends.

      But when it is applied to a club, some further definition is need. (however, remember, KPP is not a club it is a web based forum for people to find friends to plan common adventures)

      Short Definition
      The common adventure model, as described below, is quite lengthy and it is helpful to have a definition that can encapsulate the model in a sentence. Although short definitions are always a compromise, the following is one possible way of describing it:

      A common adventure trip is two or more individuals working cooperatively for common goals, and sharing expenses, decision making, and responsibilities as equitably as possible.

      ”A Model of Common Adventure Concept

      To define the Common Adventure Model we need to look into its attributes. The list of underlying values leads naturally into the development of a theoretical model of the common adventure concept. What's important as the model is constructed, however, is that only those values from the list become a part of it. Legal, cultural or administrative concerns are extraneous components which can alter or pollute the resulting model. Thus, with an eye to staying within the boundaries of its philosophical principles, the following model results:

      Since ownership is an important part of the underlying value system, trips are structured in our model so that participants are interactive and intimately involved in organizing and running the trip. That would mean they help in the planning, organizing, cooking, washing, and cleaning up afterwards. By their intimate involvement, the participants become the trip. On a practical level, some type of pre-trip involvement is necessary. A planning meeting is held so that all members understand what the trip involves, and understand its goals and the risks. At the planning meeting, the group—not one individual—hashes out the wheres, whens and whats of the trip.
      The success or failure of the trip, then, rests in the hands of the group and not the person who initiated the idea or the sponsoring club or institution (if there is one). In doing so, members of the group are taking responsibility for the trip and responsibility for each other.

      The trip environment is one of concern for all members of the group. Fairness and free and open discussion are fostered. Individuals in the group are encouraged to think independently for themselves and freely express their ideas, but independence is tempered by empathy for the other members of the group. Because everyone can express their ideas, the group is more creative, drawing from the talents of all of its members.

      The type of trip selected involves physical activity such as hiking, paddling, skiing, climbing and not passive motorized activities. An attempt is made by the group or sponsoring club or institution (if there is one) to keep things simple. Rules—other than those important to the group's safety—procedures, extraneous structure and other bureaucratic barriers to participation are minimized as much as possible.

      Groups are structured horizontally so that all members share in decision making. Decisions are made by consensus in a democratic manner. Top-down leadership is generally avoided unless, perhaps in an emergency, it is necessary for the concern and well-being of the group. Within the horizontal structure, leaders—those who can help move the group towards its goals—emerge. By involving everyone and accepting the emergence of leaders, the group is able to tap all of its resources, making it more creative and stronger than if one person made all the decisions.

      Independent thought is encouraged during decision making, but once consensus is reached, the group comes together as a team and works cooperatively to achieve the common goal(s). All members of the group pitch in and help, and because of empathy for one another, responsibilities are spread out among the group as equitably as possible. Free and open discussion promotes cooperation and equitable sharing. With an emphasis on openness and personal responsibility, all members of the group contribute to process of making the trip safe, watching out for each other's welfare.

      Since simplification and the desire to provide an alternative to commercialization is a part of the underlying value system, the trip is structured so that no entities or individuals benefit monetarily. Thus, in the model no trip fees go to the sponsoring club or institution (if one exists), nor would they go to any individual on the trip. By combining together in groups, trip costs are spread out and costs stay low.

      Learning which occurs on the trip is experiential: learning by doing. When appropriate, knowledgeable members share their knowledge and skills with those less skilled, but there is no formalized instruction. Potentially, much can be learned through direct experience, but what is learned and the pace at which it is learned is determined by the individual.

      Learning is reinforced in a positive manner. Because members are concerned and care about each other, those who learn new skills are encouraged and praised. Positive reinforcement also comes from the satisfaction of achieving goals: hiking to a lake, climbing to the top of a mountain, or running a river. Negative inducements such as the fear of punishment, or the fear of a receiving a low grade would not be acceptable. Other negative inducements such as the use of "survival" techniques whereby members of the group don't eat unless they snare an animal/catch a fish or find an edible plant would also not be acceptable.

      Finally, the care of the natural environment would be embraced and all members of the group would work to minimize their impact on the environment.”

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