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Comprehensive Safety Brief
- Make sure you aren’t flopping around
- Make sure you can wet exit. Everyone will wet exit. No exceptions.
- Has flotation. If you don’t have floatation in your boat, we can’t be friends anymore.
- Secure your stuff. We rescue you. Not your sandwich. If you want lunch, make sure its tied into your boat.
- PFD – Class III or V US Coast Guard Approved PFD
- Must wear anytime you are on the water. No exceptions.
- Proper fit snug.
- Make sure bottom strap is tight.
- Helmet – Whitewater Helmet
- Must wear it any time you are on a whitewater river
- Proper fit
- Not too lose
- Not too tight
- Should not obstruct vision
- Should not expose your forehead
- Water for a full day, well on the water.
- Dress for the swim
- What not to wear: Cotton. You will get wet, then you will get cold, and then you will die. Don’t wear cotton on the river.
- What to wear: Wool, Neoprene, Poly, other quick drying materials.
- Closed-toe shoes. Anyone here from West Virginia? No? Good! I won’t have to explain what shoes are. That should save us a good 15 minutes.
River Hand/Paddle Signals
- OK? Question and answer
- Point in the direction of safety
- NEVER POINT TO A HAZARD
River Whistle Signals
- ONE BLASTS — HEY
- TWO BLASTS – UH OH
- THREE BLASTS – OH [insert your preferred four-letter word]!!!
- If you hear three whistle blasts, eddy out on the side of the river and await further instructions
- If you blow your whistle three times, it’s because you or someone else is in need of serious help.
How to swim in whitewater
- Remain calm
- Nose and toes
- Hold on to your paddle. Please. We hate chasing paddles, and it’s kind of hard to paddle a river without, well, a paddle.
- Safe Eddy Rule
How to receive a rope
- Thrower will yell, “Rope!”
- Firmly grab the rope with both hands.
- DO NOT grab the bag of rope
- Pull the rope down to your waist
- Make sure the rope is on the shoulder closest to the middle of the river
- If you are getting a face full of water, try the other side
- Arch your back
- Enjoy the ride
- DO NOT wrap the rope around your hand.
- DO NOT wrap the rope around your neck.
- No alcohol or drugs.
- Know your limits
- Don’t do anything you think is unsafe
- Challenge by choice
- Let your instructor and support boaters know about any medical conditions and where to find medicine to treat those conditions, like an epi-pen.
- Stay away from commercial rafts and fishermen.
- Commercial rafts will run you over. It’s bets to avoid them altogether. If you are about to get run over by a raft, try to pull yourself up into the raft.
- Fishermen have bad river karma. They will blame you if they aren’t catching anything. Stay away from them – don’t give them a reason to send bad vibes your way.
- Rocks – stay away from them. They hurt.
- Trees or branches in the water.
- Avoid them.
- Look before you reach.
- Insects, Snakes and other sundry animals: Don’t touch them.
- Plants: Don’t touch them.
- If someone didn’t drop it. Don’t touch it.
- Wear sunscreen and/or SPF rated clothing
- Today’s weather outlook is: __________________ High _____ Low_____
- Lighting – We will not paddle within 30 minutes of the last observed lighting. Get off the river and try to avoid tall trees.
- Assume the position.
- Place skirt on the ground
- Make a low profile
- Assume the position.
WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT DAY ON THE RIVER.