- Know your skill levels.
- Check website for trip level description and talk to Trip Leader.
- Be on time. At least 30 minutes before launch time.
- Have a full tank of gas if you are traveling long distance.
- Always RSVP the Trip Leader by the required date if you are planning on paddling. Plan ahead.
- If you signed up for the trip and you must cancel, CALL the Trip Leader.
- Ask the Trip Leader what the plan and duration of the trip is.
- PFD ( Personal Floatation devices) are required by Law. Make sure it fits you. PFDs must be on you, properly fastened. Whistle is required too.
- Make sure to bring the right equipment for the trip. See Equipment List and talk to Trip Leader for additional equipment, if required.
- Stay between the sweep boat and the lead boat.
- Be aware of new members and guests and be helpful. Assist in carrying and loading boats.
- Don't hesitate to ask for assistance… let others help you.
- Follow the instructions of Trip Leader. Final authority on making decisions on the Trip is with Trip Leader.
- Complete the Emergency Information Form, and store it in a dry bag in the hatch.
- Paddlers are responsible for themselves and their gear.
Required Equipment List for Paddlers
- Pump or bailer
- PFD ( Personal Flotation Device)
- Rain Gear or Puncho
- Dry bag or Large Ziplock bag with a change of clothes
- Water Shoes
- Hat with a wide rim
- Plenty of water to drink
- Snack/ lunch ( Talk to Trip Leader )
- Bug Repellant
- Money ( cash )
- Flashlight, waterproof ( for Night Paddle)
- First Aid Kit ( Optional )
- Extra Paddle ( Optional )
- Emergency Information Form, completed
Required Equipment List for Trip Leaders
See required and optional Paddlers Equipment List and add the following:
- VHF Radio
- Short/Contact Towline
- Towline/heaving line
- Rescue knife
- Extra Paddle
- Boat Repair Kit
- Compass ( For Open Water Trips)
For a comprehensive list, please refer to Sea Kayaker Magazine Gear Checklist