National Canoe Safety Patrol

 

Safety Orientation Card

 

 

 

 

** YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU **  

 

INTRODUCE: Yourself, Lead, Sweep

 

WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET - fastened.  It breaks falls, keeps you warm, (or cool if kept wet). It can save your Life on a bad day.  Wear shoes.  Use good judgment; no drugs or alcohol; dress for the weather and water.

 

WARM UP - with pull & push strokes

 

PRIVATE PROPERTY -. Out of your boat, you are likely trespassing.

 

WATCH FOR STRAINERS - (that let water pass but trap you like a sieve.) Stay to the inside of creek bends. Avoid bridge piers, fisherman, downed tree, other boats. (Nothing good ever comes from hitting them.)

 

HUG WHAT YOU HIT -. If you lean away your boat will flip. Its a rule.

 

TIE YOUR GEAR. SECURE KEYS.

 

CANOES FILLED WITH WATER - weigh the same as a Honda Civic. Stay up stream. To empty a swamped boat:) (Upside down) Put nose on shore and lift up the other nose

 

SWIMS - turn on your back, knees bent, feet downstream.  Paddle to shore.  Do not stand or walk in water above your knees.

 

RIVER SIGNALS -  . Help, Stop, Here, Right Left, OK, Whistles

 

ANTICIPATED RIVER FEATURES strainers, bends, dams, ledges, weirs, fences, portages, bridge piers, rocks, rapids,

 

ANOMALIES pins, entrapments, health limitations, separations, blisters.