Whitewater safety

KIT / SKILLBeginnerImproverIntermediateAdvanced
Buoyancy bags front & rear / footrests correctly adjusted
Helmet – full protective (temples & ears)
Buoyancy aid – correct fit and suitable for body weight
Spraydeck – Neoprene – tight fitting and can put on without assistance 
Drysuit or dry paddling top and dry trousers
Kayak Clothing & Accessories – Should wear stout none slip shoes or boots / consider neoprene or other skull cap / bandana / mitts or pogies
Sufficient dry clothing for the conditions on the day
Medical Conditions – Inform event coordinator of any relevant issues
Whistle – Instant access (for signal emergencies)
Mobile Phone – in waterproof case. Preferably with mapping Apps. Eg OS / Google / What 3 words / grid reference finder etc.
Relevant WW rescue skills & knowledge:Be able to use all your equipmentCan do a capsize drill. Swim to the bank with your kayak and paddle. Follow instructions as a rescued swimmerKnowledge of WW signals – See Link: Signals
WW Knife – Preferably openable 1 handed
Throwline – No knots / small loop on bottom / obeying ‘clean line’ principles
5m Tape Sling – and pear shaped locking karabiner
1st Aid Kit – for personal use
Space Blanket / Bivvy Bag (eg Blizzard Bag)
WW Rescue Skills You Should:Know the safe and competent use of the kit listed above.
Hold BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Award Award or are familiar and practiced in the skills and techniques recommended in the Foundation SR Award.
Saw
2 or 4 Piece Spare Split Paddles
Quick Release Harness on Buoyancy Aid
Map – Ability to find escape route / give grid references etc. On phone? Should have some mapping capability. Eg OS / GoogleMaps / What 3 words / grid reference finder etc.
Additional warm clothing – should be prepared to spend a long period, potentially a number of hours, on a riverbank in poor weather – in case of emergency. A cagoule that fits over a BC is a useful part of this protection.
Head torch – for short daylight days in case of emergency
White Water Rescue Skills You Should:Know the safe and competent use of this kit. Hold BC White Water Safety and Rescue Award Award or are familiar and practiced in the skills and techniques recommended in the WWSR Award.
Kayak Rescue / PIN Kit – including karabiners / pulleys / slings / prussic loops (or rope jammers) / maybe a paddle hook
White Water Rescue Skills You Should Have:Know the safe and competent use of this kit. Hold BC Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Award Award or are familiar and practiced in the skills and techniques recommended in the Advanced WWSR Award.
  • Thanks to Pete Riley for offering his thoughts on what he / a group might take on a trip.
    • 1st aid (mainly for stemming bleeding / arm sling??)
    • Boat fixing kit
      • Flashing tape
      • Lighter
      • Lighter fluid
      • Plumber’s waterproofing tape
      • Duck Tape
      • Nitrile gloves
      • Rag 
    • Emergency blanket & shelter (hypothermia sets in quickly and is a killer)
    • Spare paddle
    • Means of raising the alarm (phone / PLB?)
    • Map and / or means of identifying location
    • Spare clothing eg cag.
    • Saw
  • Top Row
    • Flashband – 30cm
    • Flex Tape – 30cm
    • Lighter fluid (ensures flashband reaches right temperature)
    • Rag to dry boat / hands
    • Survival bag
  • Middle Row
    • Plumbers tape
    • Nitrile gloves
    • Sterile swab for wiping / covering wounds
  • Bottom Row
    • Lighters (a few because they’re unreliable) 
    • Duck tape
    • Vet tape for instant application over cuts