Mandatory and Recommended Equipment as Stated by RCABC

 

Mandatory Equipment


 · A PFD or life jacket for each person on board2 (RCABC requires it must be worn)

 · A buoyant heaving line no less than 15 m (49’3”) in length

 · A bailer or manual pumping device

· A sound signalling device (whistle, air horn, etc)

· A navigation light if travelling at night or in limited visibility3

 · Paddlers and guests should advise the trip leader of all physical or medical conditions, or impairments that could impact the objectives or safety of the trip and its participants. Do so before the start of the trip.

 · Organize and carry necessary personal items (for example: food, water, sun and rain protection, foot, hand and head wear, medications, etc.)

· Not consume alcohol or illegal drugs immediately before or during paddling

 

Recommended Equipment

 · RCABC strongly recommends wearing clothing or immersion gear that is appropriate to the water temperature, weather, skill level of the participants, technical difficulty of the trip and the environment. Or ensure that treatment or prevention of hypothermia is available as determined by the club 

· Leaders, paddlers and guests are recommended to carry a personal, spare set of clothing in a waterproof container

· Outfitting that does not impede exit or create an unnecessary risk of entrapment (excluding typical outfitting such as properly fitted spray skirts)

· A spare paddle is recommended for each boat but carried by at least one member in the group

RCABC specific guidlines




2.3 “PLEASURE CRAFT” REGULATIONS Pleasure Craft regulations apply to all craft on club trips. Canoes and kayaks less than 6m (19’8”) in length1 are classified together by Transport Canada as a category of human powered, ‘Pleasure Craft’. These are the minimum gear requirements for all waterways and must be carried in each canoe or kayak. · A PFD or life jacket for each person on board2 (RCABC requires it must be worn) · A buoyant heaving line no less than 15 m (49’3”) in length · A bailer or manual pumping device · A sound signalling device (whistle, air horn, etc) · A navigation light if travelling at night or in limited visibility

3.1D PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (For Leaders and Paddlers) · All trip leaders, paddlers and guests must WEAR a properly fitted Transport Canada (or DoT, Canada Coast Guard) approved Personal Flotation Device or lifejacket, which is in good RCABC 2015 Club Trip Sanctioning Guidelines Page 8 of 12 Copyright June 1st , 2015. Recreational Canoeing Association of BC condition, at all times on the water, or near the water when engaged in water based activity (for example: when doing shore based river rescues or training) · Wear a whistle attached to your PFD or carry some other effective sound signalling device · Helmets must be worn on river trips when paddling Grade 2 or 3 rapids · RCABC strongly recommends wearing clothing or immersion gear that is appropriate to the water temperature, weather, skill level of the participants, technical difficulty of the trip and the environment. Or ensure that treatment or prevention of hypothermia is available as determined by the club.

 3.1E PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES (for all trip participants) · Paddlers and guests should advise the trip leader of all physical or medical conditions, or impairments that could impact the objectives or safety of the trip and its participants. Do so before the start of the trip. · Leaders, paddlers and guests are recommended to carry a personal, spare set of clothing in a waterproof container · Organize and carry necessary personal items (for example: food, water, sun and rain protection, foot, hand and head wear, medications, etc.) · Not consume alcohol or illegal drugs immediately before or during paddling

4.2 RCABC SEA OR RECREATIONAL KAYAK SPECIFIC GUIDELINES Each kayak should be equipped with: · outfitting that does not impede exit or create an unnecessary risk of entrapment (excluding typical outfitting such as properly fitted spray skirts) · a spare paddle is recommended for each boat but carried by at least one member in the group · a paddle float (not required if other rescue methods are available) · a bilge pump or bailer