Tips: Being Prepared and Responsible
Category : The Downstream
Hey everyone, here are some tips for being prepared for your trip.
- Be a competent swimmer with the ability to handle yourself underwater and in moving water.
- Dress for the water temperature and be prepared to get wet. Wear layers of clothing which can be added or taken off during the day. Cold weather and/or cold water can result in hypothermia. Bring additional dry clothes to change into if paddling in cooler weather. Clothes should be packed in a waterproof container or double trash bag.
- Use an eyeglasses strap for your eyeglasses or sunglasses.
- Wear shoes! Old gym shoes or shoes with uppers and sides offer the most protection. Avoid sandals.
- Bring drinking water in non-breakable containers. Alcohol should not be taken on the trip.
- Use a sun hat on bright warm days. Wearing a wool stocking hat helps slow heat loss from your body on cool, wet days. Take along a windbreaker or rain gear.
- Take necessary allergy or other medications with you on the river. In case of mishap it could be several hours before help arrives to an inaccessible location.
- Paddling is a lot of exercise. Consult your physician before doing some of these activities.
- Get lots of rest and wear comfortable clothing.
- Use sun screen even on cloudy days.
Some optional things you might think to bring may include fishing gear, a bailer or sponge to remove water from the boat, insect repellant, kneepads (for a kneeling boat), first aid kit, and a whistle to signal others.
The name of the game is fun! We just want you to be prepared and safe.