NSPN requires a signed waiver for each person participating in any on-water activity that is posted to the club membership or placed on the club calendar. These include all ocean paddles, camping trips, and pond sessions.

The waiver is not required for privately posted trips, but such groups are free to use it.

Get a Copy

Download the NSPN waiver and float plan form with this link.

About the Waiver

Why are we doing this?
Signed waivers help protect everyone on the trip (trip organizers, leaders, participants and the club) from legal liability in the case of an injury or accident. They ensure that everyone understands the risks inherent in sea kayaking, and emphasize the fact that each paddler is responsible for their own safety while on the water.

You’re probably already used to adding your boat details and emergency contact information to a float plan before a trip. NSPN’s waiver also serves as a float plan for the group, guaranteeing that all of the necessary information is available if needed.

I’m going on a trip. What do I need to do?
Start by reading and understanding the NSPN waiver form, available at the link above.

Before each trip, the trip organizer will ask you to add your vehicle, boat, and emergency-contact details to the float plan, and to sign the waiver, prior to the beach briefing. If you will be launching separately from the group (for example, joining a pond session after it has already started), you can print out your own copy of the waiver, sign and date it, and add it to the group’s waiver when you join them.

I’m organizing a trip. What do I need to do?
If you are a trip leader or organizer, you should print and bring a copy of the waiver to your event, and pass it around as people arrive. During the beach briefing, confirm that everyone has signed the waiver and filled in their float plan info. Carry the float plan and waiver with you on the trip – you may need it! If everything goes smoothly on your trip, you may discard the waivers. If something does happen on your trip, hang on to the waivers, and fill out an incident report as soon as possible.

When your event is over, please take a minute to send in a quick Trip Organizer report at https://www.nspn.org/report, which will help us improve our future trips.


What should I do if I’m joining a trip after the group launches?
Print and sign your own copy of the waiver, and give it to the trip organizer when you meet up. For a pond session, “sorry I’m late, my waiver is in my day hatch” will suffice until you’re all back to shore.

Questions or comments?
We understand that nobody likes paperwork, and we’re working on ways to make the entire waiver and float plan process as easy as possible. Send your thoughts to [email protected]