Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Forum/Email List Help
A.1) I've never kayaked, where can I learn?
PDXkayaker is a great place to meet boaters, many of which are more than willing to help a beginner down an easy run. However, it's always a good idea to get started with a class or three from a certified instructor. Get in touch with a local shop and ask about getting started. But even if you've never been in a kayak, stop by Paddler's Pint and start meeting people! Oh, and buy them a beer- it never helps to keep your future boating partners and mentors happy.
Also check out this comprehensive White Water Paddling FAQ. But take it slow! It has a LOT of information, most of which may just confuse you initially.
A.2) I know it all! But where can I learn more?
There are boaters of all skill levels in this area. Start asking around- there's sure to be someone who can strech your skills safely on some new rivers. And even you, Mister Know-it-all, might learn something at the White Water Paddling FAQ. And for some more great info, check out Jason Rackley's Creekin' Page.
A.3) Are there any pool sessions that I can go to around here?
Yes! You're best bet is to check out PDX Adventure Racer's Pool Sessions website. Before you go, it's also a good idea to call the pool ahead of time to make sure it's on (like popcorn! Zibit zabit!).
B.1) Do I need a Yahoo ID?
No. You only need a Yahoo ID if you want to read forum postings on the yahoo website. You can receive individual emails and daily digests at any email address, without a yahoo ID. Check the next question for details.
B.2) Whoa! Too much email! What are my options for receiving messages?
Keep in mind we can get up to 30 or more postings a day. Members have three options on how they want to receive these messages:
1. Email - anytime someone posts you get a copy.
The next question explains how to make these changes.
B.3) How can I change my email settings without a Yahoo ID?
C.1) I know a great place to hold Paddler's Pint! Can I tell everyone?
We're always open to new places. Keep in mind, though, that steering an email list of over 2600 people takes some time, and we can't spring it on everyone two days before the event. We prefer to change the location about every 6 months, and tend to have a summer hangout and a winter hangout. This sets up a "regular" place that everyone becomes familiar with, and more importantly is easy to tell someone on the river "hey, meet here on thursday nights". But if you know of a super-cool dirt-bag worthy dive-bar, then let us know (email@example.com) and we'll send an elite advance team to try and drink all their beer to test them before unleashing the rest of us neoprene stinkin' boaters on 'em.
C.2) Can I show my kayak video at Paddler's Pint?
Yes, but we gotta check on a few things first. Best bet is to get in touch with one of us moderators at firstname.lastname@example.org. First we'll see if anyone else wants to show something. It's cooler if there are a couple videos to keep the festivities rolling for most the night. Then, most importantly, we gotta check with the the people running the pub. Sometimes there's live music that they prefer to not interrupt and we have to schedule with. And if you need/want a big screen, we'll need to figure that one out too.
C.3) I'm only 18! But I have fake ID! Can I go to Paddler's Pint?
Unfortunately, no. Trust us, we like for people to have a good
time. However, the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commies) wield a very heavy hand
and make life very difficult for the nice people who serve us beer at Paddler's
Pint. We're choosing to not risk screwing our pub owners and ourselves when it
comes to this.
But don't despair too much! You can still join the email list, meet some boaters, and get boating. And if there's something like a new video you might have missed at Paddler's Pint, get in touch with one of us and we'll get you a copy. Besides, PBR really isn't a great beer anyway.