2021 California Surfing and Kayaking Healthcare Workers November 5-7 and November 8-10 Registration Form

Completing this registration does not guarantee you a spot on this program. We will leave registration open for a week and will let you know the next steps if you're selected.

During a First Descents Program, participants will have the opportunity to partake in various activities. These activities can be strenuous and the majority of it will take place  in an outdoor environment away from immediate medical care. The risk of participation is increased by certain physical and mental conditions. Thus, it is important to screen every applicant for such conditions.

The purpose of this Participant Form is to provide the First Descents staff with a comprehensive understanding of your current medical condition. Your responses regarding your own medical fitness for participation in the First Descents Program described below (the “Program"), is requested to help the First Descents team provide you with an enjoyable and safe Program.

Please answer the following questions as thoroughly and accurately as possible. If you are not currently experiencing any of the conditions referenced herein, but your medical condition subsequently changes and includes any of the conditions referenced in this Participant Form or in the Participant Form Release Policies, attached hereto, please advise First Descents immediately. It is your responsibility to ensure that the content of this Participant Form is accurate and complete at all times prior to the Program and during the Program.

You must complete and sign this Participant Form in order to participate in the Program. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from participating. Accurate answers to the questions often allow our team to make program adjustments and help program staff members create a safer experience. Rather, the First Descents Medical Review Team will make a determination, based on the information in this Participant Form and the Doctor Form as to whether or not you are approved to participate in the Program.

If you have any additional questions regarding this Participant Form, please review this form with your physician before submitting to First Descents. For additional information regarding First Descents Program policies and procedures, please review the First Descents Policies attached.

FD Medical Advisory Board Statement

Vaccination has been proven to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infections.  In order to provide the safest experience for everyone, First Descents (FD) strongly encourages all Parties to be vaccinated, if not contraindicated as advised by their medical provider to do so.  

For those that are vaccinated, FD requires proof of vaccination (see list of approved COVID-19 vaccines).

For those who remain unvaccinated, FD requires proof of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the program start time and date. If traveling (e.g. by car or plane) to a program, FD must receive test results before travel commences.  

For those who remain unvaccinated, we recommend that you discuss with your medical provider the risks and benefits of vaccination prior to application for a program. We also encourage you to discuss with your provider the appropriateness of attendance at a program that may have other participants who are immunocompromised and/or are unable to be vaccinated due to an exemption.

For those in need of a medical or religious exemption with regard to a COVID-19 vaccine, please indicate so on your application and complete a PCR test within 72 hours of the program start time and date. 

Masking is required while indoors at all times, and outdoors when distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccine and/or testing status.

First Descents Policies 

First Descents' mission is focused on providing programs for the young adult demographic (age 18-45) across all of our communities. Eligible participants must be within this age range at the time of the program and may only attend one free program with us. We currently host programs for:   
  • Individuals impacted by MS 
  • Individuals impacted by Cancer 
  • Caregivers of an 18-45 year old individual impacted by Cancer or MS  
  • Healthcare Workers 

General Eligibility

****PLEASE NOTE that you must be between the ages of 18-45 in order to be eligible for this program****

Oncology and MS Eligibility

****PLEASE NOTE you must be have been diagnosed between the ages of 15-45 to be eligible for this program ****
Oncology/MS Caregiver Questions
****PLEASE NOTE you must be a caregiver for an individual who would qualify for one of our MS or Oncology Programs. They must be diagnosed and treated for either MS or Cancer between the ages 18-45****

****PLEASE NOTE Individuals may only have one caregiver apply for our programs****

Healthcare Worker Information
Personal and Contact Information 

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Sorry, at this time it does not look like you meet our program eligibility. If you have questions or believe you received this message by mistake, please reach out to use by text or phone (303)945-2490 or by email. 

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This PARTICIPANT FORM, together with the FIRST DESCENTS RELEASE POLICIES, are a statement in which you are informed of some potential risks involved in participating in the Program and of the conduct required of you before, during and after the Program. You must complete this Applicant’s Medical Authorization Statement and Consent, which includes the Participant Form section, to be accepted to the Program.

First Descents Programs encourage self reliance, independence and good judgment on/off the river/mountain. Consequently First Descents encourages everyone to be observant and to immediately bring forth any concerns about their own or a Participant’s medical conditions to the staff. Everyone, including Volunteers and Participants, are expected to self-administer their own medications without supervision.

Finally, certain medical conditions can pose additional risk to First Descents Volunteers, Staff, Outfitters and Participants. These include but are not limited to: seizures/syncope, physical disabilities, and the use of anticoagulation medication. Such conditions add an increased but unquantifiable risk to activities during the Program and anyone with those conditions, regardless of role, should discuss those conditions with their personal physician, as well as contact and communicate those conditions and any questions or concerts to First Descents.

Emergency Medical Care Authorization


This Volunteer Application, together with First Descents release policies, are a statement in which you are informed of some potential risks involved in participating in an FD Program and of the conduct required of you before, during, and after a Program. You must complete this Medical Authorization Statement and Consent, which includes the Volunteer Form, in order to be accepted as a FD volunteer.

First Descents requires disclosure of certain medical information for all of its Participants and Volunteers. The purpose of this information will be used strictly to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all Program attendees. Because of this, First Descents may disclose medical information provided by its Participants and Volunteers to First Descents Staff, Medical Reviewers, Medical Volunteers, Contract Outfitters, and, in the event of an emergency, local medical facilities and Participant/Volunteer’s Emergency Contacts. Your information will otherwise remain confidential. You may obtain a copy of this authorization for your records if you choose. 

Additional First Descents Volunteer Policies 

First Descents believes in creating a welcoming and safe environment for Participants, Volunteers, Staff, Outfitters and Visitors. All Participants, Staff, Outfitters, Volunteers and Visitors are prohibited from possessing or consuming illicit drugs, recreational marijuana, weapons/contraband, and offensive material (pornography) while at a Program. They are also banned from sharing any prescription medication with others. If Participants and/or Volunteers are prescribed medical marijuana as part of their treatment plan (or for other reasons), First Descents will not prevent the individual from possessing and consuming medically prescribed marijuana. At all times, local and state laws will be applicable and at no time, do FD’s policies supersede local, state, and/or federal laws. At no time under any circumstances will a Participant or Volunteer be allowed to share their medication and/or medical marijuana with another individual. 

Participants are prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol at any time while at Programs. Staff, Volunteers and Visitors are barred from consuming alcohol in the company of Participants between the start and end date of the day’s planned activities. Light alcoholic consumption is allowed at the Staff and Volunteer Dinner the night before Participants arrive. Staff and Volunteers must exercise discretion and maintain a blood alcohol content (BAC) below the legal limit for driving. While Participants are present, Staff, Volunteers and Visitors may consume light amounts of alcohol at the completion of the day in privacy away from Participants. However, there must be a designated driver (among FD’s approved drivers, including Volunteers) assigned each night, who consumes no alcohol in the event of an emergency. Light alcohol consumption is defined as maintaining a blood alcohol content below the legal driving limit.

Notice to the Volunteer

First Descents Programs encourage self reliance, independence and good judgment throughout the duration of the Program. Consequently, everyone must be expected to administer their own medications without supervision. Additionally, any over-the-counter medications that anyone might require, including Participants, should be brought and self-administered (i.e. pain medications for minor aches such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen and/or allergy medicines).


Pre Program Health Agreement

First Descents (FD) Participants, Staff, Visitors, and Volunteers should adhere to FD’s health principles and application requirements in order to attend a program. It is everyone’s personal responsibility to review these guidelines and adhere to them in order to ensure the safety and health of everyone at a program. 

FD’s Application & Screening Process

In light of COVID-19 and in order to keep everyone safe and healthy, FD’s program application process may include:

  1. A general Participant Medical application that captures applicant biographical information and medical information, including underlying medical conditions that may pose a COVID-19 risk, as outlined by the CDC, or other medical conditions. Note: A Medical Provider Release Form is required for individuals with any underlying medical conditions that put them at greater risk for COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, or any issue of concern to FD.

  2. General health and COVID-19 screenings. FD will send an electronic screening form one to three days before the program and will conduct an in-person screening upon arrival at a program. 

    • Please report if you:

      • Have symptoms of COVID-19 or any other health related concerns regardless of vaccine status

      • Have been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with someone who tested positive for or was suspected to have COVID-19 without use of personal protective equipment (defined as minimum surgical mask or N95, eye protection [face shield or goggles] and gloves) 

      • Live with someone who tested positive for or was suspected to have COVID-19

  • Traveled internationally, or to any restricted states, 14 days prior to the program regardless of vaccine status. You can use CDC’s Travel Planner for domestic travel updates.It is your responsibility to know applicable travel restrictions.

  1. Please arrive at a program healthy. Fatigue plays a part in both injuries and illnesses and a FD program is a very busy and exciting experience! Be sure to get enough rest leading up to a program so you can enjoy the program and stay healthy and safe. 

Program Measures

At a FD program, you must adhere to FD’s program control measures,including: 

  • Face Coverings and Social Distancing

    • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated Healthcare Workers and Caregiver Participants attending programs

    • Masks are required for Oncology and MS Participants when social distancing cannot be maintained and/or while indoors. 

    • Note: Some outdoor activities (e.g. whitewater rafting, surfing, etc.) do not allow for masking. In those instances,  Staff and/or Outfitters will communicate what to expect in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

  • Hand Hygiene

  • Respiratory Etiquette 

  • Cleaning and Disinfection of common high-use areas

  • Please do not share personal belongings, including drinks, eating utensils, hair brushes, pillows, and toothbrushes, etc.

  • Note: Please bring at least two (2) face masks and hand sanitizer with you. There will be some available on-site as well.


  • Please come alone. As much as we love family, pets, and friends, please leave them at home this time (unless otherwise instructed by FDs’ Program Team). 

  • Let FD know if you require special accommodations (e.g. gear, dietary restrictions, sleeping needs, allergies, etc.) well in advance of a program.

  • Check the weather and pack appropriately. Bring clothes and shoes appropriate for outdoor activities, as well as spending time as a group relaxing, and enjoying meals. FD’s Packing List for your specific program activity will be emailed to you.

  • Please turn your cell phones off and leave them in your cars and/or rooms. Cell phones often collect germs and can spread illness. Additionally, FD programs are tech-free. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to unplug and connect in a meaningful way with yourself and others. Enjoy it!

  • Please adhere to any prescription medical schedule during your program.

  • Do not leave the program at any time. If you leave the program, you will not be readmitted.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person. FD has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, FD cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, participation in a FD program could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.

All program participants and volunteers will be required to sign FDs’ Release of Liability and Waiver of Legal Rights ahead of each program in order to be allowed admittance. 

Emergency Contact and Medical Information

Please list two emergency contacts that are reliable and available that FD can reach out to to provide support in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Contact #1
Emergency Contact #2

Neurologist, Specialist, or Physician Info
(Whoever you see the most frequently)
Additional Team Info
First Descents strives to create a safe place for our participants physically and from a mental health perspective. We understand the stigmas that sometimes exist about some of the questions listed below. This information will only be used by our team to helps us prepare for the best experience possible for you. 
Oncology Questions
Oncologist, Radiologist, Specialist, Or Family Physician Info
(Whoever you see the most frequently)
Additional Team Info
FD strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccines particularly when Participants might be in the company of potentially immunocompromised individuals.

Note: You are responsible for carrying and administering your own medications during the FD program. FD encourages you to adhere to your prescription schedule. 


Photo Release

Media Involvement
First Descents Cancellation Policy

At FD, we’ll do everything in our power to make this adventure a reality for you. However, we understand that sometimes life throws curve balls, and you might not be able to attend the program that you’ve committed to. We simply ask that you please notify us immediately if you’re unable to attend, so that we are able to give this amazing opportunity to another participant.

First Descents
3858 Walnut Street | Suite 161 | Denver, CO 80205
www.firstdescents.org | info@firstdescents.org
main: 303.945.2490 | fax: 866.592.6911