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Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers Board Policy Decisions

As of Jan 12, 2015

 The Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers Board of Directors has adopted the following rules for its members and guests. These rules should be read in conjunction with the club mission statement , charter, and Paddling Guide.

 Non-Discrimination Statement

TBSK is hereby reaffirming our commitment to an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Harassment due to gender, race, religion, or other protected characteristics is both discriminatory and illegal and will not be tolerated by TBSK. Therefore TBSK expects all relationships between its members and guests will be free of bias, prejudice, and harassment. Complaints should be directed to the TBSK Board of Directors. (11/2013)


1.     New Kayak Buyers - Purchasers of closed cockpit sea kayaks  (16 feet or longer) from local shops may receive a complementary one-year membership if the shop sends the buyer’s name and e-mail address to the club. The purchaser cannot be a current member of TBSK. (6/2010)
2.     Directors - Members who serve on the Board of Directors will receive a free membership to the club for the year following their final year of service on the Board.(11/2009)
3.     Trip Leaders –Trip leaders who lead or co-lead at least 4 trips a year will receive a free membership to the club for the following year.(5/2013)
4.     Guests – Guests of TBSK  members may attend up to 2 events of the club before being asked to join.(2/2012)


Trips and Trip Safety

1.     PFDs - On all TBSK sponsored paddle events, all participants shall wear a US Coast Guard approved PFD (Type I, II, III or V). It must be worn in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction label. Trip leaders who wish to designate specific safety equipment requirements on their trip shall post notice in the trip announcement.(11/2012)
2.     Wet Exit Demonstration - If a beginning paddler is wearing a spray skirt and his/her skills are not known to the trip leader, the paddler must demonstrate a wet exit before the trip begins.(10/2010)
3.     Length of Beginner Trips - Beginning trips are limited to 5 miles in length.(10/2010)
4.     Guests - TBSK members must accompany their guests on any paddle.(10/2010)
5.     Cell Phones - Cell phones may not be used while paddling. Cell phones may be used at breaks.(10/2010)6.     Cold Weather Paddling - If the combined air and water temperatures do not equal 120 degrees, then participants should be dressed for immersion with wetsuits, dry suits or “warm when wet” clothing such as fleece or wool.(1/2011)
7.     Sails - Sails may not be used on kayaks during TBSK trips.(4/2011)
8.     Lending a Kayak - If a member plans to lend a kayak to another member or guest for a TBSK-sponsored event, the member should email the trip leader in advance to report the details. The kayak should be suitable for the skill level of the paddler. TBSK assumes no responsibility for damage or loss to the kayak.(5/2012)
9.     Night Paddles - TBSK official trips include night paddles. Boats must be properly illuminated in compliance with US Coast Guard rules for travelling after dark.(7/2012)
10.  Extended Trips - TBSK official trips include day paddles and night paddles out of the Tampa Bay area as part of an extended trip such as the week-long,  club- sponsored trip to the Florida Keys. Official trips do not include swimming, snorkeling or the camping portion of extended trips.(2/2011)


Trip Leaders

1.     ACA Certification – A member who is an ACA-certified trip leader or instructor will qualify as a TBSK trip leader without further training if the TBSK training coordinator is satisfied that the new leader is familiar with the Paddling Guide.          (5/2011)
2.     Lead Beginner Paddles – All trip leaders must lead a beginner paddle at least once every 2 years.(10/2011)
3.     Coaching at TBSK Events – Any member who has BCU or ACA certification or any recognized authority with a current coaching or instructor certificate may do coaching at TBSK-sponsored events.  The coach/instructor must submit to the Training and Safety Coordinator, in advance of the event, an outline of what will be done. Group size cannot exceed 5 unless another qualified coach or instructor is assisting; then the group size can be up to 10. The instruction can only be for what the member is certified to do. (5/2012)
4.     Recertification – Trip leaders will be required to demonstrate rescue skills as outlined in the trip leader training syllabus once every 2 years, beginning 09/08/2012 (8/2012)
5.     Inactivity – If a trip leader has not led a trip within the last 12 months, they will be placed on the inactive list, effective 8/31/2012. (7/2012)


Procedures for Cancelling a TBSK picnic

If practical, picnics will be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance or by 12 noon of the Friday preceding the picnic.

  • The President makes the decision jointly with the Training & Safety Coordinator. The Vice President will substitute if the President is not available.
  • If the picnic is cancelled, the President will call the Activities Coordinators, the Trip Coordinator and the Membership Coordinator.
  • The Trip Coordinator will call the picnic trip leaders.
  • The Membership Coordinator will post the cancellation on the front page of the website under “Picnic Announcement” and will send out an email to all members cancelling the event.



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