Kayak and Paddle Board Agreement
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RULES, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. The undersigned
acknowledges that he or she has read and understood all the rules, policies and procedures relating to water
activities and understands that the safe and proper use of the facilities, equipment and participation in water
activities is dependent upon carefully following such rules, policies and procedures. I agree to wear a
properly fitted and fastened U.S. Coastguard approved flotation device (lifejacket) while aboard a boat or on
or in the water. The undersigned understands that canoeing and kayaking should only be undertaken after
proper instruction and training and that Northern Living is not providing such training in connection with the
rental of equipment. The undersigned assumes full responsibility for deciding where, when and with whom
to paddle. The undersigned acknowledges and agrees that the rental equipment provided by Northern Living
is for the sole and exclusive use of the undersigned and may not be used by any other person.
PHYSICAL CONDITIONS AND SKILLS. The undersigned represents that he or she has the requisite
skills, physical abilities and mental abilities necessary for proper and safe use of the equipment, facilities
and services and to participate in the water activities. The undersigned agrees that if he or she has any
questions as to what skills, qualifications or training are necessary to properly use the equipment or
facilities, or to participate in the water activities, then they shall direct such questions to the appropriate staff
member on site.
RELEASE. The undersigned hereby releases, discharges, waives, disclaims and relinquishes all claims,
actions or causes of action against Northern Living and its officers, employees and agents and agrees not to
sue them on account of or in conjunction with any claims, causes of action, injuries, damage, cost of
expenses arising out of water activities, including those based on death, bodily injury or property damage
whether or not caused by participation in water activities or the negligence of Northern Living; provided,
however, the foregoing release shall not apply to claims solely based on the gross negligence or willful
misconduct of Northern Living.
PROPERTY DAMAGE. The undersigned agrees to pay for any or all damages to any property caused by
the undersigned either negligently, willfully, or otherwise.
REPRESENTATIVES. The undersigned has executed this Release of Liability for himself or herself, and
his or her children, and all people staying in their rental unit.
EMERGENCY TREATMENT CONSENT. The undersigned, as a participant in the subject activity,
hereby consents to medical treatment in a medical emergency where the undersigned is unable to consent to
INSURANCE. The undersigned understands that Northern Living does not carry participant insurance. The
undersigned acknowledges that they either have appropriate insurance or, in its absence, agree to pay all
cost of rescue and/or medical services as may be incurred on their behalf.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT. The undersigned has read and understands this Release of Liability and realizes
it relates to surrendering valuable legal rights and assuming important legal responsibilities and does so
freely and voluntarily.
Boat Safety and Rules of Operation
Town of Fort Ann Local Law
• Watercraft have a speed limit of 35 miles per hour.
• The direction traveled on the lake is counterclockwise.
NYS Law for Power Boat Education Requirements
• Operators born on or after May 1996 must have an approved boating safety certificate and be at least
21 years of age.
• Operators who are younger than 21 years of age who do not have the certificate must be
accompanied by a person who is at least 21 years of age that has the certificate or a person not
required by law to hold a certificate.
• If born before May 1996, this person is exempted from having to have the certificate in a powerboat.
NYS Law for Personal Watercraft Education Requirements
• The operator must be a minimum of 21 years of age and have an approved boater safety certificate,
or be accompanied on board by someone 21 years of age or older who is a certificate holder.
Other NYS Boating Laws:
• All power-boats including electric motors and personal watercraft are to be registered with NYS
Dept. of Motor Vehicles (also needed for insurance coverage).
• All watercraft must have a horn or a whistle and required navigation lights.
• Life jackets must be on board for each occupant of any watercraft regardless of age, and children
under 12 are required to wear the jacket. A jacket also must be worn by people being towed and all
people on a personal watercraft.
• A watercraft towing a skier, tube, or any device must have a spotter at least 21years of age on
board in addition to the driver.
• Law prohibits speeds in excess of 5 mph within 100 feet of the shore, afloat, a dock, or an
anchored boat. This includes when a watercraft is engaged in a towing activity.
• Any activity requiring the use of powerboats at high speed is limited to the hours between
sunrise and sunset.
• Watercraft should not be operated in a reckless or negligent manner or under the influence of
drugs or alcohol.
Boat Safety and Rules of Operation Agreement
• Non-motorized boats have the right of way at all times, but all boaters should always be aware of
other watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards and avoid any unsafe conditions.
• Any boat engaged in fishing has the right of way.
• Scuba divers will have a diver flag indicating their presence. Under no circumstance is a vessel to
approach within 100 feet of this flag.
• All watercraft must use the required lights between sunset and sunrise.
Dumping of any waste, litter, fuel into any lake is unlawful.
Other Best Practices:
• Boats and trailers used in other lakes should be thoroughly cleaned before launching into another
lake to avoid transference of harmful plants and marine life. Clean, Drain, Dry
• Never release plants, fish (ie. bait pail), or animals into the lake unless they came from the lake.
• Fishermen should inspect their fish line to prevent the transference of any animals such as the spiny
• Persons swimming more than 100 feet from shore should be accompanied by a watercraft.
• Watercraft should be conscious of potential damage that can be caused by their wakes to shorelines
and other boaters.
Liability – OWNER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS, THEFT OR PERSONAL INJURIES
SUSTAINED BY THE GUEST AND/OR PERSONS ACCOMPANYING THE GUEST. You and
all persons accompanying you agree to abide by the Rules herein. Should a guest’s behavior
necessitate eviction, all prepaid rents and deposits shall be considered earned