- Check the weather
- Water+ air temperature
- Water depth / discharge rate cubic feet per second (cfs)
- Incoming storms
- Prepare for the worst
- https://www.usgs.gov/ is a great resource for water info
- Know the hazards
- Get local information on strainers, rocks, rapids et c.
- Wear a Life Jacket
- Be Noticeable
- Wear bright clothing
- Have a whistle
- Lights are required at night
- Don’t mix alcohol and paddling
- Dress for immersion, not air temperature
- Water pulls heat from your body faster than air, and is commonly colder than the air
- Be prepared based on the water temperature.
- Water temperatures under 70 degrees warrant use of a wetsuit or drysuit.
- Have a plan and let someone know
- Go with other people or
- Let a trusted person know your plan and when you should be done.
- know an exit strategy and closest medical help
- Gain confident safety skills with a paddling safety course
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