Basic River Safety








When possible, paddle in a group

Wear and carry proper equipment including PFD, helmet (if needed), and river rescue equipment (throw rope, first aid, etc.)

Inform someone outside of your paddling party of your plans and return time

Learn to control your boat and be able to stop the boat at any time and land on shore

Be knowledgeable and aware of river hazards including strainers (fallen logs), rock sieves, hydraulics, dams, and bridge pillars

Choose a river/coastline within everyone in your groups ability

Check river conditions and flow levels prior to putting on the river



More detailed specific whitewater safety information can be found at American Whitewater.