How many rafting trips have you done? A lazy day on the river is a great way to get away from our screens and back to the things that are truly important – family, friends, and spending time in nature.
Of course there’s always the issue of safety, which sometimes feels unnecessary because you know you’ve been down the river many times, maybe not following ALL of the safety tips you should have, and everything was fine.
But below is a list of 5 reminders to keep in mind to make sure the trip goes smoothly from start to finish. These are things that take a few extra minutes while planning the trip but could be worth it if ever dealing with the unforeseen.
Although the river may appear calm in some areas, this isn’t always the case. The City has tools and resources available to help Calgarians check river conditions before they begin your trip.
If river flows are high, especially after a major rainfall, postpone your trip until the flows have returned to safer levels, keeping in mind that flows can change quickly.
Also visit Calgary.ca for the latest information you should be aware of.
1. Rafters, boaters and paddlers need to be aware of what’s happening in the water – water levels, temperature, current speed, cloudy water conditions and river hazards including bridge abutments, trees and other large debris in the water that can catch, trap or overturn your raft.
2. Life jackets and personal floatation devices are a must on the water. It has to fit well and fasten properly in order to do its job if necessary.
3. All river vessels should have a sounding device such as a whistle,
4. Included with equipment should be a buoyant heaving line (throw-bag) no less than 15 meters long.
5. And finally, always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Arrange drop off and pick up points before you enter the river. Leave emergency contact phone numbers with someone who can report if your anticipated time is overdue.