11th Annual Kayak Batiquitos Lagoon Clean-up, Saturday, November 5, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF) is pleased to host our 11th Annual Kayak Batiquitos Lagoon Clean-up event, sponsored by REI Outdoor School and their Encinitas store, 1590 Leucadia Blvd., Encinitas, A 92024 ((769) 944-9020). We also thank California's Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for being a partner with us in this very important clean-up event of Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve and helping to maintain its health. Your event ticket purchase is tax deductible and helps sustain our all volunteer organization. All participants will have up to 90 minutes on the lagoon.
We have 4 launching opportunities begining at 7:30 AM, with the last being 1:30 PM. We are only able to provide single kayaks; no tandems - sorry. Subject to time-slot availability, you may register and bring your own kayaks (singles or tandems). We also are limited to a total of 20 kayaks per launch (exclusive of guides) due to the number of water safety instructors, legal liability, and our California Department of Fish and Wildlife event authorization requirements. As a result, this year we will simply charge a registration fee of $60 plus processing fee on a per person basis, with a maximum number of people for each launch of 20 (NO EXCEPTIONS). The ticket price is based on a per person tax deductible donation to the BLF of $60 plus processing fee.
All participtants MUST complete and sign two waivers (one for REI; one for the BLF (can be completed in advance at the REI Encinitas store); sign the event log; and receive a safety briefing before proceeding to the launch site. We will provide assistance in getting participants to and from the launch site, including transport of personal kayaks. We reserve the right to inspect and approve the use of any kayak brought for the event. Everyone must wear an approved Personal Floation Device (PFD) while on the lagoon - NO EXCEPTIONS. No one under twelve (12) years of age will be allowed on the lagoon. A parent or guardian must participate and be with their children (e.g., ages 12 - 15) in a kayak during their launch and assume responsibiliy for their behavior and adherence to the event rules.
Gloves, trash bags, and clean-up tools will be available. You may bring your own as well.
Onsite registration will also be available on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the event. Cash, checks and major credit cards will be accepted on the day of the event for walk-up registrations. Advanced purchased BLF T-shirts can be picked up at the check-in area. BLF T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the check-in table.
Important Event Rules All Participants Agree to When Registering
1. All participants MUST complete and sign two liability waiver waivers (REI’s & BLF’s, and may be completed in advance at the REI Encinitas store) and sign in on the event log (the event log is completed at the event site) before they may participate – NO EXCEPTIONS.
2. The minimum age to participate in the event is twelve (12) years of age – NO EXEPTIONS. This is an insurance liability requirement!
3. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for their children or young adults under the age of 16.
4. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s) must be worn by all participants while on the water. Appropriate PDF’s will be provided with all provided kayaks by event organizers. Those bringing their own kayaks are responsible for their own PFD’s and will be subject to inspection and approval by event leaders before launch.
5. Only kayaks are allowed. No paddle boards, boogie boards, surf boards, or other floatation devices are permitted. Event organizers may use inner-tubes and other devices to assist in trash removal.
6. No fishing or fishing equipment is allowed on the lagoon. Batiquitos Lagoon is a designated "NO TAKE" State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) which means that other than trash, marine life cannot be removed from the area (including shells).
7. No smoking is allowed inside the chain-link fence area or within the Ecological Reserve.
8. This is a NO ALCOHOL event.
9. No swimming is allowed within Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve (BLER) or the Batiqitos Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area (NO TAKE) (SMCA).
10. All participants MUST remain in their kayaks at all times, except when getting into and out of their kayaks. Exceptions can be made by event organizers to remove trash such as tires, appliances, and other items. Such exceptions must be approved in advance and will be supervised by appropriate event leaders.
11. All participants agree to abide by and obey all rules and instructions by event organizers, leaders, and water guides. Those choosing to disobey such instructions may be asked to leave the area. No refunds will be provided if told to leave. All rules of the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve and the Batiquitos Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area (NO TAKE) (SMCA) will be followed.
12. While on the water, all kayaks will stay together with their water guides. Participants are not to explore on their own. Those disobeying may be asked to leave the event. No refunds will be provided if told to leave.
13. No Dogs or other pets may be brought inside the chain-link fence area.
14. In the unlikely event that a “provided” kayak is not available, the event organizers will try to reschedule the participant(s) to another available launch slot. If another time-slot cannot be provided, a full refund will be offered.
15. This is a "rain or shine" event. In the unlickly event of a thunderstorm with lightning in the area, the participants will be led off the water to safety while it passes. The BLF reserves the right if lightning occurs to reduce the launch time and for offering refunds.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
ID's are not required and no one under the age of twelve (12) years of age will be allowed on the water. A parent or gardian must be with their children at all times while on the water. We also cannot assume any responsitility for supervising or caring for young children. Everyone will be required to wear an approved personal floatation device (PFD) while on the water - NO EXCEPTIONS!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Onsite parking is available. Assistance is available for getting to and from the launch site and for personal kayak transport.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for being on the water. Foot protection is a must. Because of sun exposure, please bring sunscreen of appropriate SPF level. Please bring hats. This is a NO ALCOHOL event. No smoking is permitted within the ecological reserve. Only kayaks are allowed - NO EXCEPTIONS (No surf boards, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, rafts or other floatation devives are allowed). Gloves and bottled water will be available. Tools for trash removal will be available. Trash bags will be provided. You may bring food, but all food trash must be brought out and properly disposed of. We discourage bringing coolers or other such containers. No fishing is allowed for this event. The taking of marine, wildlife, and artifacts are not permitted. If you are bringing your own kayak, you must provide your own appropriate personal floatation device (PFD) for all of your participants - NO EXCEPTIONS. We reserve the right to inspect such PFD's and determine whether they are appropriate. If in doubt, you may contact us as indcated below.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
The best way to contact us is via email at email@example.com. You may telephone us at our Nature Center at (760) 931-0800. You may have to leave a voice mail message and will make every attempt to get back to you quickly.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Genrally no, but you may contact us as indicated above.
Can I update my registration information?
Generally no,but you may contact us as indicated above.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
This is preferred as it will save you time at check-in. If not, please allow additional time at check-in as one of our volunteers will have to research your registration.
What is the refund policy?
We will consider refunds on a case-by-case basis. The easiest way to contact us for refund consideration is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide us with your ticket information, refund reason, and contact information (name, email address, and telephone number). You may also call us at (760) 931-0800. You will most likely need to leave a voice mail message. We will make every attempt to get back to you quickly.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
This will not be a problem, but it will have to be researched at the time of check-in. Please allow additional time at check-in since a volunteer will have to research it.
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Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and protection of Batiquitos Lagoon. The Foundation is involved in programs to educate the public in the values of this natural environment and the habitats it provides for birds, insects, plants, fish, mammals and benthic animals.
The Lagoon Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation run entirely by volunteers. Please take a look around our website to find out more about the lagoon and the foundation.