Kayaking – What You Need To Know

What you should know . . .

• Know how to swim.

• You are responsible for your own safety.

• Beginners should take trips labeled EASY.

• We discourage taking small children unless you are an experienced boater.

• Please leave your pets in the safety of their own home.

• Dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air temperature. April and May trips involve cold water; paddlers on all April trips must dress for cold water conditions and carry dry clothes in their boats.

• Go to put-in first to drop off boat; volunteers will help coordinate shuttling drivers to take-out.

• We paddle at a leisurely pace with a lunch break around noon.

• Most trips end by 3:00 pm.

• We usually paddle rain or shine, but it would be wise to check with the trip leader the night before the trip in case of cancellation.

How our trips are rated . . .

The following descriptions may help you decide on the trips that you attend. Please note that all descriptions “include” but are not “limited to” the conditions noted below. Contact the trip leader for more specific details on each trip.

Trips marked “EASY” – Flat water, quick moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training.

Trips marked “MODERATE” – Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels, occasional maneuvering may be required; rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers.

Trips marked “DIFFICULT” – Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which could swamp a boat. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control are often required. Scouting is advisable.

Click here to see the 2011 Source to the Sea Paddling Trips Brochure.