KCK membership benefits:
and entertaining presentations at the
- Network with other boaters to get
trip partners or gain first-hand knowledge.
- Eat! KCK provides food for the
summer BBQs and Thanksgiving potluck.
prizes, with luck you may take one home from
- Receive a subscription to Eddyline,
KCK's regular newsletter.
- Stay current on gear, locations,
issues & people.
- Sign-up for
the listserve email and connect with other
KCK's website for valuable info and links.
- Increase your safety margin by
attending the Annual Safety Meeting.
- Participate in classes in rafting,
canoeing and kayaking held each Spring.
Alaska with experienced paddlers through
club sponsored trips.
- Learn new skills, be safer and have
more fun on the water.
- KCK offers
a respected, unified voice as an advocate
for paddler's concerns.
- Support waterways conservation and
rights issues through KCK.
- Member commercial discounts for
rentals, lodging, instruction and more.
- KCK is all
volunteer non-profit so any income benefits
members and community directly.
- Volunteer for activities and sharpen
your skills at the same time.
- Feel good
about being a part of such a relevant
MONTHLY MEETINGS: Normally on
the fourth Thursday of each month KCK holds a
general meeting for members which is open to the
public. The location of these general meetings
for the months of September through May is
usually the BP Energy Center,, although
scheduling conflicts may sometimes result in an
alternate venue. During the meetings we discuss
important current and future paddling related
issues as well as provide slide shows, videos,
and other interesting presentations about safety
and paddling in Alaska or other parts of the
world. From June through August potluck barbecue
meetings are held at Goose Lake Park to swap
stories or check out new equipment. KCK provides
burgers, dogs and tableware for the
barbecue. Exceptions to the above are:
May meeting is held on the third Thursday of the
month; November is a Thanksgiving potluck with
election of officers. December there are no KCK
meetings. The KCK Board of Directors meets on
the first Thursday of September through May at
the BP Energy Center. Members are invited to
For the latest information check the
calendar in the KCK home page.
SAFETY: Each spring KCK
provides an evening of paddling safety
information for its members an.d the public at
large to assist in your enjoyment and safe
return. Topics include: float plans, personal
equipment and clothing, rescue and safety
equipment, trip planning, river etiquette,
reading and understanding water hydraulics,
International Scale of Difficulty (Class I-VI),
safety signals, tidal influences, defensive
swimming, and hypothermia. Attendance is
required of all people enrolled in any KCK
paddling classes unless waived by the
CLASSES: Learning a new sport
can be difficult. KCK understands this and
provides informative club supported introductory
paddling instruction each spring. Our emphasis
is focused primarily on safety followed by
education. KCK teaches classes to the membership
in basic flatwater canoeing, moving water
canoing, sea kayaking, rafting, inflatable
kayaking and pack-rafting . Each class is a
mixture of classroom and hands-on exposure to
equipment and techniques followed by one or more
days/evenings of practical on-the-water
experiential learning. Winter pool rolling
sessions may also organized by KCK members as
well as commercial instructors to learn,
practice and improve paddling skills during the
non boating season.
RECREATIONAL OUTINGS & EVENTS:
KCK sponsors a variety of evening to week long
outings and events for members. These functions
are scheduled to provide a forum both for
learning/improving skills and socializing. It's
also an opportunity to meet others who share
your interest in paddling, aquatic conservation,
and to check out the myriad of options for
paddling equipment. While outings vary from year
to year, some of the perennial trips include the
Memorial Holiday weekend on the Gulkana River,
Tazlina, Tonsina or Copper Rivers, Prince
William Sound, Wednesday / Friday
evenings/picnics on Eagle River, Resurrection
Bay, Talkeetna River, and a fall trip on the
upper Kenai River. Opportunities for other non
KCK sponsored private trips may be planned
through to talking with fellow members.
CONSERVATION & LEGAL ISSUES: KCK is
dedicated to the preservation of Alaska's
waterways. As a club member you become part of a
larger voice for the support of vital issues
that affect all paddlers from waterway access
rights to the taxation of paddle sports. As a
respected and well established grass roots
organization representing paddlers of Alaska,
KCK has the influence to sway opinion of
governmental agencies and legislative officials
on the critical decisions that affect paddlers.
KCK works with American Rivers, American
Whitewater Association, and other national,
state and local groups with strong lobbying arms
in Washington DC. and Juneau. Alaska is not
immune from the destruction of our waterways.
Reauthorization of and new dams, fees, user
permits, allocation, and pollution are common
place in other parts of the United States. Your
membership and support helps insure these
problems do not threaten Alaska.
By-Laws of Knik Canoers and Kayakers,