- Informative and
entertaining presentations at the monthly meetings.
- Network with other boaters to get trip
partners or gain first-hand knowledge.
- Eat! KCK provides food for the summer BBQs
and Thanksgiving potluck.
- Door prizes, with
luck you may take one home from a meeting.
- Receive a subscription to Eddyline, KCK's
- Stay current on gear, locations, issues &
- Sign-up for the
listserve email and connect with other paddlers.
- Cruise KCK's website
for valuable info and links.
your safety margin by attending the Annual Safety Meeting.
- Participate in classes in rafting, canoeing
kayaking held each Spring.
- Explore Alaska with
experienced paddlers through club sponsored trips.
- Learn new skills, be safer and have more fun
- KCK offers a
respected, unified voice as an advocate for paddler's concerns.
- Support waterways conservation and
access rights issues
- 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
the same time.
- Feel good about
being a part of such a relevant organization!
MEETINGS: Normally on the fourth
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 Wilda Marston Theater of the Loussac Library, 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
of the world. From June through August potluck barbecue meetings are
held at Goose Lake Park to swap stories or check out
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 held at Russian Jack Park, Lydia Selkregg Chalet; December
there are no KCK meetings. The KCK Board of Directors meets on the
first Thursday of
September through May (except December) at the BP Energy Center.
Members are invited to attend.
the latest information check the calendar in the Eddyline
newsletter or the KCK home page.
As a member, you'll
receive the Eddyline, a high quality newsletter that keeps you
informed of important paddling and conservation information, stories
about Alaska paddling, notes from the board meetings, notice of the
next meeting presentation, calendar of KCK classes and trips, members
classified ads, great recipes for waterside cuisine, and more. Once a
year, the Eddyline will include a member contact list (not available online)
through which members have elected to share their contact information
and chosen area of paddle sports interests and skills. From June
through August you'll receive a postcard reminder about the barbecue
Each spring KCK
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 instructor.
Learning a new sport can
difficult. KCK understands this and provides informative club supported
introductory paddling instruction each spring. Our emphasis is focused
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
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 are also organized by KCK members as well as
commercial instructors to learn, practice and improve
paddling skills during the non boating season.
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.
& LEGAL ISSUES: KCK
is dedicated to
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
By-Laws of Knik
Canoers and Kayakers, Inc.