Five basic messages are recognized universally by paddlers to share
information over the sounds of rushing water. These are similar in concept
to those used by soldiers on a silent patrol.
- Stop ? Hold the paddle with both hands straight up over your
head. Other paddlers should stop safely as soon as they can and
wait for additional signals.
- Help/ Emergency ? The paddler can blow three long blasts on
a whistle (which should be standard equipment attached to the
life vest). With the paddle held up vertically, hand just above the
lower blade, the 먹튀사이트 paddler should wave the paddle side to side.
Unless another paddler is specifically trained in emergency
response, all paddlers should remain at a safe distance.
- All Clear ? The paddle is held still with one hand, straight up
in the air.
- Directions ? Hold the paddle vertically, straight and high, in
the direction to proceed. This should always be to the clear path,
not towards an obstacle or hazard.
- Are you OK? ? With the hands, point to the person in question
and tap the top of your head three times.
Planning a Trip
The first step in planning a group trip is to know the ability levels of the
participants and the level of difficulty of the proposed route. It is always
best to have experience on the water you plan to paddle with a group.
Awareness of the weather is also important because unanticipated rain,
wind, extreme cold or heat can change a pleasant trip into a miserable one.
Along with personal experience, talking with others who have experience in
that area is beneficial as are guidebooks and local maps. Before heading
out, the concept of working as a group needs to be clarified. This includes
co-responsibility for maintaining communication, watching for obstacles
and practicing personal safety and responsibility. Roles for other specific
functions are then assigned. These roles include:
- Trip leader ? assumes overall responsibility for the group,
preparations and knowledge of the proposed route. The leader
essentially calls the shots ? carries the map, compass, safety and
rescue gear, repair kit and extra paddle. This person should have
knowledge of the medical or physical limitations of any group
member and assign a second-in-command to provide back up or
- Sweep ? should have strong skills and the ability to perform
rescues. This paddler brings up the rear to keep an eye on the
- Rescue ? all paddlers should understand that the two kayaks
closest to someone in trouble are the initial responders. Other
paddlers not involved in the rescue should pull over and wait or
help if necessary.
Everyone is responsible for carrying their own necessary gear and any
extra can be divided up among group members. (See Chapter 2 about
All the same guidelines apply for an extended trip and a short trip. For a
longer excursion, the addition of camping gear and extra food is the major
consideration. Group members should take on particular tasks in
preparation for the trip and all the rules for specific functions within the
group accepted. There is a higher level of endurance required for long trips,
so physical condition and limitations need to be seriously assessed and
accounted for. There should be designated contact persons in the event of
needing to get information ‘home’ and a ‘float plan’ should also be left with someone on land to keep track of the progress of the trip.