or kayak of good design.
- Roof rack
to haul your boat to the "put in" or away from the "take
When choosing the width of the rack, the ability to carry an extra boat
is a plus, as it can help reduce the number of shuttles required. For
safety, don't make it wider than the distance between your outside rear
- For kayaks,
a spray skirt.
- For canoes,
a knee pad.
flotation device (PFD ) for each person in the boat.
PFDs should be worn.
Required by state law, all boaters on the water
between November 1 and May 1 are required to wear a securely fastened,
U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when underway
in a boat which is under 21 feet in length. (Violators
could face a fine of $100 to $250.)
(required by law). Don't wear it around your neck; it is a choke hazard!
signals to know:
blast - attention
blasts - stop
blasts - someone needs help
Lamp, if paddling at night.
(required by law)
At least 2 if solo;3 if tandem.
signals to know:
river right - paddle of leader points to the right
river left - paddle of leader points to the left
river center - paddle of leader points straight up
- paddle of leader held over head with both hands
lines. 15 - 20 foot lengths of rope (3/8 inch diameter minimum) tied
at each end of your boat.
another paddler to recover your boat if you fall out of it.
to pull boats up or down over beaver dams.
a way to secure your boat at stops during the trip.
is bad! Wool is good; polypropylene or polyester is better.
suit, wetsuit ,or Hydroskin for spring and fall paddling. Reduces
risk of hypothermia.
When air temp + water temp is less than 100 degree wearing a wet
suit is recommended.
change of clothing. You can never have too many dry clothes!
- Dry bag
to hold complete change of clothing, towel, and anything else that shouldn't
get wet, like cell phones, cameras, car keys, lunch, etc.
for cold weather. Reduces risk of hypothermia.
for summer use. Protects hands over long paddles.
footwear. Protects toes, reduces risk of slipping on rocks and injuries.
No ponchos. Ponchos pose risk of entanglement.
- Wind suit.
Reduces hypothermia hazard.
first aid kit.
repellant and head net.
- Hat, sunglasses,
and sunscreen. Reduces risk of hyperthermia, sunburn, and eye fatique.
& bailer. A plastic jug with the bottom cut out works fine.
of drinking water. 1 quart is good; 2 is better if it is hot. Reduces
dehydration hazard and risk of hyperthermia.
and/or snacks. Chocolate, gorp, and/or trail mix are good.
Keeps energy level high.
- A pack
to carry gear in, if there is a carry during the trip.
or yoke to carry boat, if there is a carry during the trip.
map, guide, compass and/or GPS.
boat, paddles, and footwear after each trip to help stop the spread of
invasive water plant species.
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