You know what to do!
Check the tides or the river flow. Decide on put-in, take-out and your route. Recruit a co-leader (or two). Set a limit on the number of paddlers.
Think about the extras:
Start by watching this video walkthrough created by Jeff Barrell on submitting a new trip listing.
Please do not give specifics about the launch location in the listing! This prevents stragglers from trying to join the group without registering first.
Your trip will be submitted for review and approval. This may take anywhere from a day to a week.
Reviewers and approvers on the committee will try to get to your trip as quickly as possible, but remember that Committee members are volunteering their time and this may not always be their top priority.
Once your trip is approved, it will show up on the AMC Activities calendar and it will be picked up on our website.
Social Media is a great way to publicize your trip. The Paddlers Committee has an official Meetup group and an official Facebook Page where you can create events.
You may only create events on social media after your trip has been approved and published in the AMC Activities Database.
Events on Meetup or Facebook should always link back to the trip page on Outdoors.org.
Your trip will automagically show up in the “Upcoming Events” section on our website.
Contact Elaine Batzer (email@example.com) for help with Meetup.
Contact Marty Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help with Facebook.
As Trip Leader, you will be notified by email when someone registers for your trip. The paddler’s registration is held in “Pending” state until you, the leader, approves the participant.
It is your responsibility to screen paddlers to make sure they are qualified for the trip.
Contact the paddler either by email or phone and ask them about their experience, the type of boat they are paddling, their skill level and any other question relative to the nature of the trip.
Only when you are satisfied the paddler is qualified for the trip you should “Approve” the registration.
A few days before the trip you should be making final preparations.
Check the weather, conditions and any other factors to make your final Go/No-Go decision for the trip.
Send out an email with the final trip plan, meeting location and time, directions to the put-in and other details for the trip.
Print or download a trip roster from the Activities Database.
Prepare a float plan – with a copy of the roster – and file it with a responsible person that will not be on the trip.
The start of the trip can be pretty hectic. Make sure you attend to business before getting on the water.
Make sure that you check off paddlers against the roster. If you have a no-show make sure to notify the person holding your float plan to update the roster.
Make sure you gather everyone for the pre-trip briefing. Make introductions, discuss the plan, and ask about any concerns.
Just before you launch you should notify the float plan monitor of any changes to the attendance list or the itinerary.
As soon as you’re back on land, folks will want to scatter. Before you let everyone go, take care of these details.
Close Your Float Plan
Notify the person monitoring your plan that you have returned and are off the water safely.
Post Trip Debriefing
Make sure you gather everyone together for a quick debriefing. Ask about any concerns, anything that could have made the trip better, and any feedback for the leaders.
Make sure to file a trip report by filling out the Google Form. Make sure to include an accounting for the trip if any fees were paid.
The Treasurer is automatically notified when the report is submitted and may follow up with additional questions.
These reports are very important for the ongoing operations of the Paddlers Committee. Make sure you file the report in a timely fashion!
It’s important to share our activities through our social media channels. It reminds our members and the community to look to us for paddling adventures.
Please send full-sized, original photos of the trip to Marty Jensen (email@example.com) for publication on the web
Consider writing up your trip as a post on our website. Trip reports published on the website and social media create a recorded history of our activities that can be viewed by members and visitors alike.
Please contact Marty Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to post about your trip on the website.
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