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Paddle to the Sea - 2014 Paddling Details and Registration

Paddle-a-thon
Paddle to the Sea is the Tuolumne River Trust's annual paddle-a-thon to protect the Tuolumne River and raise awareness for river stewardship. Sign up for a fun one-day paddle on either the Tuolumne or American River, or challenge yourself to go the distance.  Boating options include whitewater rafting, flat water canoeing, and sea kayaking.  Most trips are open to beginners and very family friendly. Paddlers also raise money by asking their friends and family to sponsor them for their portion of the journey. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% goes to protect and restore the Tuolumne River.
 
Please look through all the  information on this page to find out how you can participate in the paddle-a-thon. 
Beginners welcome!*
 

TYPES OF PADDLING
Browse the following options to find out how and when and how you can join us on the water, and choose the day that is best for you!
 
Shuttles: Shuttles are provided. In most cases, we'll meet at the take-out location, shuttle paddlers in our van to the put-in, paddle down river, and end back at your car.
 
Tuolumne River
American River
San Francisco Delta and Bay

STEP-BY-STEP REGISTRATION
  1. Register to paddle the day(s) of your choice. You can opt to register as an individual, or you can start or join a team.  
  2. Customize your personal fundraising page by adding your own pictures and text. Your personal fundraising page is automatically created when you register with sample text about your participation in Paddle to the Sea. All paddlers are required to raise a minimum of $100.
  3. Email the link to your personal fundraising page to your friends and family and ask them to sponsor you. Your sponsors will be able to make a secure donation in your name right from your page, or choose to send a check. You can of course opt to sponsor yourself. However, we recommend reaching out to your friends and family as it helps to build grassroots support for the Tuolumne! All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to support the Tuolumne River Trust's work to protect and restore the River. If you need help, our staff will happily assist you in managing your web page and figuring out how to meet your goal. 
 
FORMING A TEAM 
We highly encourage paddlers to form teams. Participating along with family, friends, or co-workers makes the paddling and the fundraising that much more fun!  Team captains should register under the "Start a Team" option and create a team name. Then, let your team members know to register under "Join a Team" and select your team name from the scroll down menu. Regular registration fees and fund-raising requirements apply.
REGISTRATION DETAILS 
 
Registration Fees
  • $30 per day - General registration fee
  • $15 per day - Tuolumne River Trust member registration fee
    (EXCEPTIONS: Registration for American River whitewater legs is $30 per day for members and non-members alike. Registration for Tuolumne whitewater legs is $225, as this is a professionally guided trip run through a local outfitter, ARTA River Trips)
    Remember, if you paddled with us last year then you are a member!
(Bringing your own boat? You must still register for Paddle to the Sea.)

Fundraising Goals & Requirements
The Trust is working to raise $50,000 through our 6th Annual Paddle to the Sea. Help us meet our goal! 
In addition to the registration fee, all paddlers must raise a minimum of $100. 
  • $150 - All paddlers who raise this amount will receive a Paddle to the Sea T-shirt (while supplies last)
  • $300 - Paddlers who raise this amount will win prizes from our Sponsors (while supplies last - see fundraising prizes link)
  • $1000 - A select group are choosing to become Tuolumne River Champions by setting their goal at this level or above  
Fund-raising tips and information about fund-raising prizes.
 
 

Principal Paddlers
Interested in challenging yourself to go the distance? Paddle to the Sea is seeking dedicated river lovers to paddle the entire trip. All are welcome to apply. Includes legs of the trip not open to the public, and additional opportunities to get involved as desired. This is an excellent opportunity to partner with a successful non-profit for a great cause, and to see the Tuolumne River or the American River as few have ever seen it before. To inquire, please contact the Paddle to the Sea Director toll free at 1-888-994-3344 or email paddle@tuolumne.org.
 
Virtual Paddlers
If you want to help raise funds for the Tuolumne but you can't go out on the water, you can sign up to be a virtual paddler! Virtual paddlers will get their own personal website just like regular paddlers, and they are eligible for all the same fundraising prizes. Choose this option when you register.
 
Kids
Only certain legs of Paddle to the Sea are open to kids under 12 years old. Kids from ages 7-12 who are accompanied by at least one parent are welcome to join us for the flat water Class 1 canoeing and rafting trips. To register a child below age 12 for a day of paddling, call the Paddle to the Sea Director at our toll-free number: 1-888-994-3344. Please DO NOT register a child online.
 
Dogs
Dogs may be welcome on certain legs of Paddle to the Sea if approved in advance. Call the Paddle to the Sea Director toll free at 1-888-994-3344 or email paddle@tuolumne.org to inquire about bringing your dog.  Please DO NOT bring your dog without talking with us about it beforehand. Dogs will be expected to travel with the owner in their boat, have prior on-water experience, and generally be well-behaved.
 

QUESTIONS?  Call us toll-free at: 1-888-994-3344 or email paddle@tuolumne.org
 
* Beginners are welcome on the flat water canoeing and rafting legs of the trip. No previous experience is necessary. Beginners are also welcome on professionally guided whitewater trips. Must have appropriate experience to guide your own boat as a private boater on the whitewater sections. Sea kayakers must have appropriate experience to participate. Please note: due to safety concerns, all paddlers who are 12 year-of-age or younger must register over the phone with the Paddle to the Sea Director. Please contact paddle@tuolumne.org or call 1-888-994-3344 if you would like to bring your child younger than 12. 
 

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