I’ve read the LPC Rules and Paddling Protocols. What’s the difference between a Guided Kayak Tour and an LPC Paddle?
A Guided Kayak Tour (GKT) means that the paddle includes at least one (or more) clients who are likely going out with us for the first time. A guide is assigned to the paddle and is responsible and accountable for all decisions on the outing, primarily to ensure a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for the newcomer(s). On almost every GKT, LPC members are very welcome to come along if they wish, (There is no additional charge for LPC members), assuming sufficient boats. The assignment of all kayaks in a GKT will be at the discretion of the guide. When an LPC member chooses to join the GKT it is preferred that they stay with the tour until its completion. Keep in mind that the GKT may well involve first time paddlers. The dockside orientation may take a while. The tour will only go as far and fast as the comfort zone of the participants allows. If an LPC member elects to paddle independently, no worries, just ensure the guide knows this prior to the tour commencing and then head out.
An LPC Paddle means that the paddle is open to all members. If you and that “special someone” want to steal away into the marsh, no worries, just let me know that you are not looking for company. Unless I hear otherwise I will put out all paddles booked by members as an “LPC Paddle”. Experience has shown that most members quickly figure out whom they are compatible with. Some paddlers are out for stress relief and/or physical fitness training. Some are preparing for trips or competitive events. A lot of us just love to paddle with others who share the joy of this pastime.
What if I join the LPC halfway through the month. Do I get a discount on the monthly dues?
In the interest of simplicity (and our mental health), all LPC memberships are deemed to have started on the first of the calender month. If it’s late in the month that you wish to join, you have the option of participating in LPC Paddles as a casual renter.
How do I take a friend out on an LPC Paddle?
Friends, relatives (and children) of LPC memers are certainly welcome. K.A.T. staff must be present on the float to ensure our waiver is completed. Staff will always retain the authority to permit the rental as per our policy.
Should an LPC member wish to take out a non-member in one of our double kayaks, one half of the normal rental fee will be applied.
(Children of LPC members under 12 years accompanied in a double: our treat, waiver to be completed).
I want to paddle every Saturday morning at the same time. Can I book this time?
LPC Rule of Operations state that members may only book one paddle at a time. In the interest of fairness we have found this to be a sound policy. Also, members are made aware that Guided Kayak Tours on weekends may preempt use of boats by LPC. In practice this arrangement has not presented any problems to date. (Other companies offering seasonal passes similar to the LPC have excluded weekend use entirely.)
I really liked the kayak I paddled yesterday. Can I be assured of getting this boat every time?
Assignment of kayaks is always at the discretion of K.A.T. staff or guide(s) present at the float. If an LPC member has a preference we will certainly try to accommodate it. In the event of a conflict we would consider the order of the bookings. (If all else fails we would consider “duelling paddles” at the edge of the float. Just kidding, of course.)
How do I participate if I own my own kayak?
Starting in 2003 K.A.T. is offering a Ladner Paddling Club Associate Membership. A “one time” $25.00 Entry Fee would include unlimited Float Privileges at K.A.T. for the first month and inclusion on the LPC Membership and Fanout Lists. Member would be required to complete a waiver. Subsequent monthly Float Privileges fee would be $15.00 (Fall/Winter) and $20.00(Spring/Summer). The member would have the option of paying a casual “drop-in” fee of $7.50 in lieu of the monthly access fee. As per the LPC Rule of Operation, members inactive in the LPC for 7 months would be required to pay the Entry Fee. (Note: GST added to all fees.)