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This section of Crowsnest River is considered an excellent river for beginner eddy practice. Generally Class I rapids, with a few class II.

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 Date: 7/24/2012
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This section of Crowsnest River is considered an excellent river for beginner eddy practice. Generally Class I rapids, with a few class II.

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quincypair on 8/14/2012 9:56am
We recently found out that Transport Canada (federal) requires that paddlers on canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards have the following:

1. PFD "Canadian-approved personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board". If using inflatables, you must be wearing it. Cannot use inflatable for whitewater because they are not inherently buoyant.
2. Sound signalling device, e.g. whistle
3. Heaving Line: "one buoyant heaving line at least 15 m (50') long. Sit on tops are exempt providing everyone is wearing a PFD. (One cannot easily use these throwlines from a craft, they are used in whitewater to throw a rescue line to the disabled paddler from the shore.)
4. Bailer or pump: Paddleboards and self-bailing inflatable kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks with hatch free flotation compartments are exempt. One can purchase a buoyant heaving line in a bag which outer pocket serves as a bailer.
5. If the vertical height to reboard is over .5m (7 3/4") a reboarding device, e.g. rescue stirrup. Most canoes and kayaks have less than a 7 3/4" reboarding height, so would be exempted.
6. If boat is over 6 m (19 1/2') long a watertight flashlight.
7. If boat over 6 m (19 1/2') "Six Canadian-approved flares of Type A [Rocket Parachute], B [Multi-Star], or C [Hand]" unless the paddling location is less than 1 nautical mile from shore or if the craft "has no sleeping quarters and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition."
Source: Mountain Equipment Coop, Mandatory Paddling Gear.

As in the case of South Dakota, where every craft over 14 feet is required to be registered either in South Dakota or the state where one lives, when planning a trip in an area where you plan to do several paddles, it's good to check the paddling regs.

Interesting that they don't require helmets when paddli~
quincypair on 7/26/2012 8:49am
There is a section just below Lundbreck Falls, at the tent campsites. We had thought to put-in there when we paddled on our own because we had been told by an experienced kayaker that we could "easily" do it. We asked the instructor on this trip why he didn't put-in there -- it would have given us a longer run. He said that they were a few class III rapids in that section and to start out with class III rapids was not advisable, so the put-in at the bridge, further downstream was more advisable for the class. We've paddled with this experienced kayaker, but he overestimated our current abilities. We don't think we are ready for class III rapids, yet -- or ever.

Up here the advice is, if you don't know the river, check it out on foot. We checked this section, the parts we can see from the road. This "review" of the river did not show those class III rapids which the instructor had referred to.

The course also stressed not taking blind corners lightly -- get out of the kayak, walk the bank and check it out. In a fast moving river, blind corners can hide strainers, weirs and unexpected deep drops. We were also told not to try a fast moving river without having someone knowledgeable about the river on the paddle. Also a level I or level II river can change, just as our rivers in Florida in March are different from the same rivers in August.

We say this because in the last two days, one person lost his life, rafting down the High River north of us; yesterday, three persons in a tour group of 10 capsized on the swift flowing Athabasca River further north in a wilderness area and a satellite emergency signal (we suspect SPOT, which we use here and in the US) was activated and emergency teams to sent in to rescue them. Two of the canoers were 6/10's of a mile downstream on a bank, the other managed to get on an island earlier. Last week a Calgary woman died on the Kicking Horse River on a group float across ~

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