How to Stay Safe on the River
- Never float the river alone.
- Be considerate and caring to the people that care about you.
Let someone know where you are going, when you plan to
return, and who to call if you haven't returned by the scheduled
- Be sure your knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) are
equal to the river and the conditions.
- Wear a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all
times when you are in or near the river.
- Helmets should be worn by kayakers and canoeists at all
- Wear protective footwear and proper clothing to lower chances
of possible injury.
- Know about the dangers of hypothermia and how to deal with
- Know early signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and
dehydration in hot weather.
- Know your limitation and capabilities of swiftwater rescue and
self rescue on "white water" rivers. Know when and how to
swim for an eddy.
- Keep a first aid kit on hand and know how to use it.
- Know how to apply first aid and CPR.
- Be aware of new obstacles following spring floods.