Guidelines for Trip Participants



  • Canoeing and camping are inherently dangerous and everyone is responsible for their own safety. You are required to sign a "release from liability" before you will be allowed to camp or paddle with us.

  • All participants are expected to be able to handle their canoe in moving water. Everyone must be able to swim well enough for self rescue. Expect to get wet and expect to capsize your canoe. Our trips are Class I and Class II and depending on weather conditions there may be some Class III. If you do not know what the classifications are then go to a library and study a Red Cross canoeing manual. We do not teach people how to paddle. As stated above, you are expected to be able to handle your canoe in moving water.

  • Read the page about the Trip Leader. It will give you an idea of what to expect before the trip starts. The trip leader may or may not address all the items on the list so be prepared to ask questions and to take care of yourself.

  • The group operates on the understanding that all participants are essentially self sufficient and self reliant.

  • Everyone is expected to be ready to shuttle in a timely manner, both at the start and at the end of the trip. We will not abandon anyone during the shuttle or on the river. So, keep in mind that each of us is responsible to the rest of the group. Therefore, do not dawdle to the point that everyone is waiting a long time for you.

  • Whether on the river or during the shuttle, follow any directions that you are given. If you get lost we will search for and find you, even if that means altering the trip. We would not want to be left behind so we will not do that to anyone else.

  • Listen to what the trip leader says. The trip leader has the final word. There are times when the trip leader doesn't know what your abilities are so until he knows he might be a little cautious of you. No grand standing. If you don't want to listen to the trip leader on the river then you are not invited to paddle with us.