Loma Prieta Paddlers (LPP) is a whitewater kayaking club, based in the South Bay and beyond. If you are new to kayaking, new to the area or are just looking for a group of fellow paddlers; check us out.
LPP Hosted Races
Organizing & Leading Trips
Sure it's a bit of extra work and responsibility, but paddling trips are one of the things that make the club work. Leading a trip is a chance give back to the paddling community and support the club's mission by introducing new paddlers to the sport in a safe, supportive and fun environment. As a trip leader you get to select the stretch of river you'd like to run and when you'd like to run it.
You don't have to be an expert class 4 or 5 paddler to lead a trip; you can be the trip organizer and tap other, more experienced, club members to show you the ropes and help you guide and run safety on the trip.
Club Trips vs Private Trips
Club members run both club sponsered and private trips. Club sponsered trips require that trip leaders meet Sierra Club standards. In exchange trip leaders receive liability insurance. Private trips are common adventures not sponsored by nor covered by the Sierra Club. We list both types of trips on our club schedules and which type you lead is up to you.
Organizing Your Trip
Some people plan out their paddling trips for the season each spring. Others plan trips on a week by week basis.
To get word out about your trip you can talke to the trip scheduler and get it on the official schedule. You can also talk it up at the pool and club meetings and send out an email via the list server.
On The River
Trip Leader Requirements
The Sierra Club has a small list of requirements for the leaders of all club trips. In past years this has not been an issue, but with the 2009 paddling season we need to follow these requirements. Remember, you can always lead a private trip, you just won’t be covered by the Sierra Club insurance policy.
Club Trip Forms
When you're running a club trip you'll need to have everyone on the trip sign the release form before the trip begins. Carry the form with you on the river and use it to make sure everyone is off the river at the end of the day.
Completed forms need to be returned to the club trip scheduler after the trip is completed.
Sample Safety Talk