Did you move, change your phone number, add a family member, or use a new-email address? No problem - you have complete control over your membership information at any time, including the privacy of all your information. Just log in and edit our profile (found by clicking on your name in the upper right) to make any needed changes.
Log in so that you can update your profile, create photo albums, manage forum/e-mail/privacy options, and renew your membership.
All your member information, trip registrations, and our website are hosted and managed by Personify/Wild Apricot. Wild Apricot provides a number of FAQs on how to use these services that might be useful to you. They include:
And of course, for membership questions, please don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you are logged in, you can use the member directory (you'll find it under the "Membership" category) to see the information other members want to make visible to you. This can be useful, for example, if you are looking to carpool with someone who lives nearby. If they don't make their e-mail visible to you, no problem - click on their name and if you see a "Send Message" button visible, you can contact them using the form that pops up.
If you are logged in and you do not see a "Send Message" button when looking at another member's profile, they don't want to be contacted by other members.
Note: If you are not logged in, the "Member Directory" menu item under the "Membership" category will not show up. This is a members-only feature.
Automated e-mails from the membership system come with a return e-mail address of email@example.com, which goes to a random selection of the Board (so your e-mails don't just vanish in a vacuum).
To have your concern handled in a more timely manner, please e-mail it to the appropriate Board position, listed in either in most automated e-mails you get, or found on the Contact OOPS page on the top menu.
To send e-mail to all members on the OOPS Listserv (such as to sell kayaking gear or invite members on an unofficial paddler), send e-mail to the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below for more information on the OOPS Listserv
We require that all participants on Level 2 and above paddles (see Trip Rating System) wear a spray skirt (loosely fitting spray skirts or spray decks attached in such a way that they release when the paddler capsizes do not qualify), are certified in wet exits, and able to assist in their own rescue. Level 1 paddles can be done without wet exit certification, but only if the paddler does NOT wear a spray skirt.
Contact Safety to find someone to wet-exit certify you, or if your wet exit information is not correct.
There are at least five types of OOPS Activities you can join:
If you want to volunteer to help with any of these activities, wish to assist a Board member, or wish to join the Board, please review our volunteer signup page.
See the Calendar for currently-posted trips, classes, annual events, and monthly meetings. You are also welcome to suggest ideas for trips or classes to our Trips and Education board members, respectively. Our Programs board member is also always on the lookout for new topics or speakers of interest to members. Visit Contact OOPS to contact them.
Next to "Registered," you should see a " registrants" link. If you do not see this link, you are not logged in
Click on this to see who is signed up (including, possibly, yourself).
If you register for a trip and find that you are unable to attend please cancel on the website. Members on the waitlist cannot be added to the roster or notified they are now eligible to attend unless your registration is removed from the trip. For Events, you may be asked to notify the Events Board member if you wish to cancel your registration rather than following the below process. Please carefully read the detailed information for the activity on the calendar for details.
To e-mail the organizer directly, once you have the name of the organizer, log into your OOPS account, select "Member Directory" under "Membership," search for the name of the organizer, click on their name, and press the "Send Message" button.
OOPS members who sign-up for a trip that is full will typically be automatically entered onto a waitlist. Unfortunately, our software doesn’t allow members to cancel off the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist for a trip and decide you don’t want to be considered for the roster, please cancel by emailing the Trips Director at OOPS Trips (email@example.com). This will ensure that others who joined the waitlist after you are given more notice should space on the paddle become available.
We require that all participants on Level 2 and above paddles (see Trip Rating System) wear a spray skirt (loosely fitting spray skirts or spray decks attached in such a way that they release when the paddler capsizes do not qualify), are certified in wet exits, and able to assist in their own rescue. Level 1 paddles can be done without wet exit certification, but only if the paddler does NOT wear a spray skirt. See above for how to get a wet exit certification.
For full details on what equipment you need or can bring on a club paddle (type of craft, immersion wear, helmet, other equipment), see the detailed description for each trip on the Calendar, and the "Activity Policies" at the top of our Documents page. Also, read up on the Trip Rating System to see the sort of skills recommended for paddle of each level.
OOPS offers instruction in these essential safety skills and has a number of members that are qualified to certify your ability to perform them. Instruction and certification sessions are available in local pools and local bodies of water. Check the OOPS calendar for sessions.
Whenever water temperatures are expected to be below 60 degrees F, which is the case for most Club trips, all paddlers are required to wear cold weather protective clothing. Go to the OOPS Calendar, click on the trip you are interested in, and read the trip description in the Trip Plan. The Organizer may specify a minimum standard to be worn for a specific trip, such as a dry suit requirement.
Each trip participant is responsible for determining the specific type or types of clothing to wear for the trip based on anticipated conditions. In making these decisions, participants will consider: water temperature; air temperature; trip rating; wind chill; precipitation; distance from land; group size/rescue conditions; and their skills and experience. Trip Organizers may turn away participants at the put-in if, in the organizer’s opinion, the participant is ill prepared for immersion.
Questions regarding a particular trip organizer’s minimum standard for cold water protection and skill level should be addressed by phone or email prior to the day of the trip.
Full information on our safety polices can be found in the "Activity Polices" found at the top of our Documents page.
The Trip Rating System was revised in 2007 to help club members understand what each level means in terms of conditions expected and skill set recommended. It consists of seven factors:
Each of the seven factors has objective criteria for each level. The overall rating is the level determined by the level in which the two or more highest factors fall.
When considering a trip, you should open the write-up page link from the calendar and look at each of the seven rating factors. This will give substantially more information than simply looking at the overall level. A trip could be rated a level two simply for an open crossing distance or a difficult landing, and looking at the overall level would not indicate this. The Trip Rating system is spelled out in detail and members are highly encouraged to refer to it.
The skills section of the system is a set of recommended skills, not requirements. It can be used to look at what skills might be good to learn next, or it can be used to evaluate a group’s comfort level with the actual conditions on a trip.
Please note that the rating for a given activity is based on the expected conditions. Actual conditions may vary in either direction. It’s up to each participant to determine their comfort level. The rating system is designed to give objective criteria for helping you make that decision.
You will be added to the OOPS Listserv, hosted by Google Groups, by our Membership director once your membership application has been processed. If you do not receive an email notification regarding Listserv membership after one week, please email the Listserve Administrator and request access.
The OOPS Listserv is a valuable resource for members - it’s how we stay connected. You will receive emails on the latest trips, classes, OOPS meetings, and other goings-on related to kayaking in our area, and be able to post your paddling queries and experiences to the group. by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
At the bottom of every e-mail you receive from the OOPS ListServe you will find information on how to contact OOPS Board members and managing your e-mail subscription.
Members who wish to join the Listserv or correct their information should contact the Listserv Administrator.
To unsubscribe from the Listserv and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to email@example.com
Note: Please see our Policies page for appropriate conduct on the Listserv and our Facebook page. Any activity not specifically designated as an official OOPS activity is on the list-serv purely for Informational purposes and that it is NOT a sanctioned OOPS trip and participants will be responsible for their own safety and trip activities.
Once your application has been processed, you will automatically be added to the OOPS Google Group and will receive email messages either as they are posted or as a summary, depending on how you set your preferences above.
If you are new, and want to know about boats, gear, skills, techniques, etc., please see our Learn to Paddle page. Disclaimer: the resources on this website are no substitute for 1-on-1 instruction by certified instructors. Please support your local kayak shop and paddling community (such as our affiliated Retailers) by getting professional instruction.
If you want ideas on where to paddle, please see our Paddling Locations page.
Before you get on the water, please research the weather, waves, currents, tides, etc. you may encounter and consult/carry nautical charts, all of which you can find our our Paddling Charts and Conditions page. All members joining an OOPS trip are expected to do this research and speak up if the observed conditions are different than those expected or if they exceed the posted Trip Rating.
Finally, especially if you are going out by yourself, going somewhere where there are not a lot of people, or if the conditions are sketchy, please file a float plan and make sure people who are staying home know where it is and when to expect you back. For more information, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard information site and this article.