Kayaking Guidelines

General guidelines relevant to all activities including trip introduction

Consider communication requirements
- Leaders should be familiar with any river that is to be paddled and the varying conditions with different water levels
- Leaders must be proficient paddlers in relation to the river and other participants (for example, if there are several beginners on the trip, leaders must be available that have the ability to rescue others)
- Leaders should ensure that any river to be paddled is not beyond the ability of participants – at their discretion, participants may be refused entry on a trip because of the level of difficulty

- Participants must at all times follow the instructions of trip leaders, this may include directions to wait before a rapid whilst they are being inspected, directions to portage a section of river, or to avoid obstacles such as trees
- Participants should make it aware to leaders of any concerns they may have in running a river so that the leader can make good decisions for the safety of the whole group

All participants must have:
- Kayak (must be adjusted to fit and it is recommended that beginners to the sport use beginner friendly boats, not those aimed at more advanced paddlers or “play boats”)
- Life jacket (must met Australian safety standards and tested for fit before going on the river
- Helmet (as for life jacket)
- Paddle
- Warm clothes/wet suit/thermals (hypothermia is a risk so it is recommended that these are worn on the river)
- Spare change of clothes
Additionally, the party should carry:
- Dry Bag (to store food and 1st Aid Kit for emergency situations)
- First Aid Kit
- Rope and throw bag (for river rescue)
- River knife (for river rescue/entanglements)

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