How to sign up for the May 2024 kayak lesson and practice paddling at Baylands Preserve

We plan on another kayaking lesson next October, 2024 (fall quarter).
This page will be updated closer to the next trip.


Signups for the May 5, 2024 Outdoor Club kayak lesson
and practice paddling at Baylands Preserve
have things you should do before you come on campus to sign up.

To sign up you always need to bring a valid government-issued photo ID.
(which could be a drivers license or a clear photo on your cell phone of your passport) as proof of who you are and to show how old you are.
and proof you are a De Anza student to be able to sign up for an event.
(For proof of enrollment you can show us, on your smart-enough phone, your enrollment at the Portal.)

You can’t just show up for an off-campus event and expect to participate without having signed up in advance in person and having paid in advance, in part because the college has a release everyone who goes off campus must sign before they go off campus. If you are under 18 your parent / guardian must sign you up, in person, with you.

The college release needs to be completed for each person for every off-campus event.
It covers what should be done in a medical emergency, Rules of Conduct, and an acknowledgement that the college is not providing transportation. You sign, for example, “it is my responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the activity.” It has to be signed by the student (or there is one signed by the parent/guardian of a student under 18 years old), then signed by the faculty or staff member officially leading the trip, then the faculty or staff member is responsible for getting it turned in to the administration before the trip.

You will need to write in your eight-digit De Anza College student identification number Campuswide ID (CWID),
(and we have found that some people coming to sign up for events do not remember their ID Number).

In the release you will give info about your health coverage and in the event of a medical emergency, who to notify.
(And we have found that some people coming to sign up for events do not know their type / brand of health insurance).
Take a look at a sample of the required-by-the-college release.

You can’t sign up on-line, by email or at this website, each student must appear in person to sign trip agreements/releases and show proof they are a currently enrolled student.

Your friend or even your spouse can’t sign the required paperwork.

Especially important to note if you are under 18 years old the college requires that a parent/guardian will need to sign all the documents along with you, in person.)

There are no waitlists for club events.


Step One
If you carefully read the Baylands Kayaking trip webpage,

and trip agreement

before you come to sign up, it will go much faster and you will better be able to pass the trip pre-test.

(We give a mini-test to try to be sure people understand the trip safety rules.
Most people who took the test the last times we went kayaking got perfect or near-perfect scores.)


Step Two

The sign ups (or ask questions or take the pre-test) for the Baylands kayaking lesson and practice paddling will be:

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At classroom S56, 4:30 p.m. Fridays, April 12, 19, and 26

(You can also sign up (if there is room left on the trip) on Friday, May 3 starting at 2 p.m. at classroom S56, but since a class will be in session, we may limit the signups to one or two people at a time, sitting quietly in the back of the classroom.)

To find classroom S56 , go to:

Look for the S5 building. S56 is in the bottom left hand corner of the S5 building.

Or look at the map with room numbers of buildings at:

simple map

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At Club Day, Thursday, April 25, (unless the college postpones Club Day for a week due to rain).
(Club Day is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Outdoor Club intends to be there at least that entire time, (maybe even as early at 9 a.m.) but coming to sign up the last hour will not give you enough time to take the test and do all the paperwork.)

simple map

You can find the main quad and Sunken Garden in about the upper left – center of the campus map at:

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Step Three

We can’t take cash from people for trip payments,
we can’t take personal checks. because the club has had to pay fees when people bounce checks, and we have had tooooo many bounced checks.
When Student Accounts is open, students can go pay there with cash or a credit card. But Student Accounts has limited hours and only on weekdays. It is not open during our signup times Friday afternoon  and is closed for lunch mid-day on weekdays.

Most people will need to get a money order for the payment and bring the money order payment when you come to sign up.

see: how to get a money order to pay for an Outdoor Club trip

money order

(Instead of getting a money order or cashiers check,
on Club Day it might be possible to do the pretest, go to Student Accounts and pay, and then come back and do the trip paperwork. (BUT Student Accounts is often closed for a lunch hour.)



People who wait until the last minute to sign up are sometimes left out.