Safety First & Always

Being safe on the water requires a base of knowledge that is as important as the safety gear you take along.

  • Contact someone about your plans, including information about put-intake-out, and expected finish times.
    • Call them when you’re finished. If something went wrong, someone will already be looking for you.
    • Of course cell phones help, but the batteries die and they stop working when wet!
    • Simple dry bags are a must for electronics!
  • Most watercraft share some common safety gear, but each also requires its own unique safety gear. Each type of craft may be used in different situations and different waterways, all of which have unique demands that present themselves!
  • Checklists are a must!
    • Refer to the specific needs of the type of excursion you have planned, as well as the type of craft you’re using.
    • Always use the checklist so you don’t forget an important item. It could turn out to be a trip saver or life saver.
    • Every year people drown or have an upsetting experience because they lack the proper gear. DON’T TAKE THAT ROAD! Check out our basic list, which includes minimums for all boat trips in all types of watercraft.
    •  We have developed lists for each type of craft and for various levels of exposure due to your water route selection.
      • Stop by and pick up the FREE copy and always use it!
  • Our spring and summer evening safety clinics will soon be announced. Be sure to attend one!

MINIMUM! Basic gear list to take on EVERY water excursion:

On the boat:

  • 20 liter dry bag
  • Extra clothes (ALWAYS SYNTHETIC, NOT COTTON) for everyone aboard. Prepare for the worst possible weather.
  • Rain jacket
  • Matches
  • Headlamp
  • Food (energy bars)
  • Leatherman tool
  • Sunscreen
  • Water filters

On your body:

  • PFD whistle
  • Easy-access knife
  • River-ready footwear (not flip-flops)
  • Good hat
  • Helmet
  • Proper attire for the day, or specific river wear

Attached to the boat:

  • Throw rope
  • Spare paddle
  • 2 or more carabiners

Remember: The above is only the MINIMUM. You will need to add items for your own needs depending on the craft and where and how long you’re floating.

PLEASE – STOP IN ANYTIME TO TALK SAFETY! WE HAVE THE REASONS AND YOUR ANSWERS!