Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What can you do to help our Kayaking Programs

Do you want different ways you can help our organization and establish kayaking classes and education? Below are a few ways you can help our organization raise funds for our Kayaking for Kids, Kayaking for Teens, Kayaking for Adults, Fishing Kayaking, and Fitness programs.

1.       Become a member!  HERE
a.       You will get updates on the park and club before the general public
b.      You get a Sioux falls Whitewater Park t shirt
c.       You get a Club decal
d.      Discounts on upcoming events 
e.      Free pool sessions (3-6 a year)($30-$60 value)
f.        Discounts at local stores with membership card (Coming June 2016!!)(endless value)
g.       A group to go out and paddle with or ask paddling questions
h.      Discounts on education
i.         River Clean ups
j.        $10 discount on single ACA membership and $20 off ACA family membership
k.       $25 for individual, $45 for family, $250.00 individual lifetime and $450.00 family lifetime
l.         Knowing you support the Whitewater Park!!
2.       Make regular purchases on Amazon
a.       Go to our website 
b.      Select Amazon Banner
c.       Shop for your items
d.      Add to Cart
e.      Complete Order
f.        Our organization receives 6-8% of your purchase when you go through our link. No extra cost to you and gives a better percentage then Amazon Smile ( .5%)
3.       Donate sporting goods or other rummage sale items
a.       Long as they are working order we will accept
b.      Our volunteers will sell those items to raise funds for our paddling programs
c.       We will provide you with a donation receipt for taxes (we are a nonprofit 501(c)3 with the federal government)
d.      Give you a chance to get rid of your old stuff that has been piling up in the garage or storage
4.       Donate funds
a.       Donations in monetary value can be written as a tax deduction
b.      We will provide you with a letter if over $250.00 or receipt if under $250.00
5.       Attend our events and outings
a.       Poker Paddler 6-11-16
b.      Bean Bag Tournament (coming soon)
c.       Regular paddle outings (bring a friend and get them signed up as a member)
d.      River Clean Ups (help us clean up the river
6.       Paddling Classes
a.       Sign up for paddling classes through us or Sioux Falls School District Community Education
b.      Tell friends and family about our classes
c.       Kids 8-13 classes currently offered (we supply all equipment. Recreational kayaks are sized for children)
d.      Fishing classes currently offered (groups of two or family time (parent fishing with child))
e.      Teens 13-18 and Adult classes (Coming Soon)
f.        Fitness/Ready for Racing classes (Coming Soon)
g.       Private classes
h.      We will have 6 certified instructors to help you achieve your skill goals
7.       Word of Mouth
a.       Like our Facebook Page and Twitter
b.      Share our pages on your profiles
c.       Join our Sioux Empire Paddlers group page
d.      Tell paddlers, friends and family about our group

We will add more as the list grows to help raise funds for our paddling classes and education programs. We are getting closer and closer. Please take the time to help us make this a reality.

Again, Thank you for all that have supported Sioux Empire Paddlers. I hope this encourages you to help us make our paddling classes and education come true.
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Monday, April 11, 2016

1st Annual Poker Paddle – Hosted by Sioux Empire Paddlers

Who wants to have some fun this summer? Sioux Empire Paddlers supporters of Sioux Falls Whitewater Park (formerly Sioux Falls Whitewater Park) is hosting a great event for paddlers and their families. We hope this is an annual event to help raise funds for our Kayaking for Kids and our Kayaking for Teens Program.

1st Annual Sioux Empire Paddlers Poker Paddle Rules:

1.       June 11, 2016

2.       Event will start at Holly Blvd Canoe/Kayak launch on the Big Sioux River (north of Big Sioux Recreation Area State Park – No park sticker needed).

3.       Registration, shuttling, signing of the waivers and picking up your first card will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (participants under 18 will need a parent/guardian signature and be accompanied by an adult at all times).

4.       NOTICE: Every participant must sign a waiver in order to participate in event.

5.       All paddlers must wear a life jacket at all times on the water.

6.       Participants must supply their own watercraft.

7.       Participants may use kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards

8.       Paddlers will get in the water at 1:00 pm to start the poker paddle.

9.       Each paddler will start with one card at the beginning. From there you will pick up 3 other cards at random checkpoints along the Big Sioux River, and at the end you will receive your last card. The night before we will randomly draw two cards as the winning cards. We will open the envelope at the end (Grandview Kayak Launch) to announce the two winning cards. The two people with those cards in hand will be announced winners and can accept their grand prize for winning our 1st annual poker paddle.

10.   Event will end at Grandview Canoe/Kayak Launch (272nd street – 140th Street Northeast of Lake Alvin).

11.   Event should take about 3-4 hours.

12.   We will also draw random participant’s names for our prizes we have accumulated from local business. Prizes will be listed randomly on our Facebook Event Page.

13.   Cost is $25.00 for nonmembers and $15.00 for members of Sioux Empire Paddlers (Formerly known as Sioux Falls Whitewater Park).

14.   RAIN OUT DATE: June 18, 2016

15.   HAVE FUN
This will be a fun family event to try something new on the river, meet new people, and just enjoy the outdoors.

Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and snacks if you have young ones along.

Click option below to sign up for the paddle.

1st Annual Poker Paddle
 Or sign up on our website:
Poker Paddle

Want to become a member? You can visit our website to become a member - Memberships

Want to help donate funds for the our kayaking programs simply by purchasing on Amazon? Go to our  Webpage, select any Amazon banner, start shopping, and checkout. Amazon will give a percentage of the sale to our organization with any purchase made on Amazon through our website!

Sioux Falls Whitewater Park name changed to Sioux Empire Paddlers

Hello All,

Our organization Sioux Empire Paddlers formerly known as Sioux Falls Whitewater Park has gone through a few changes. Our main focus is still on the whitewater park but we also provide paddling classes and membership outings/events.

We have changed our name to Sioux Empire Paddlers so we can cover the Sioux Falls South Dakota and surrounding towns for paddlers. We want to focus on all paddling not just whitewater paddling. We want our members to be paddlers from all different paddling genres.

The biggest reason for the name change was our Kayaking for Kids Program. We were receiving a lot of feedback from parents that didn’t want their kids learning in whitewater (which was not the case). To increase our Kayaking for Kids Program we wanted a name to attract everyone in the community.

Our board first voted on changing our name change and picked from several other name ideas. Once the name was picked, we reached out to our members for a majority vote. Obviously the majority vote was received.

If you have any questions about the changes please let us know but we are trying to make the transition smooth as possible.

We will also announce when our new website will be live at http://siouxempirepaddlers.org/. We hope the new site will have a more professional look give better updates on classes and updates on the whitewater park.

Want to become a member? You can visit our website to become a member - http://siouxempirepaddlers.org/membership/

Want to help donate funds for our paddling classes and education simply by purchasing on Amazon? Go to our web page http://siouxempirepaddlers.org/, select any Amazon banner, start shopping, and checkout. Amazon will give a percentage of the sale to our organization with any purchase made on Amazon through our website!