Padde Sport FAQ's|
Paddling is open to all age, sex, social and economic groups.
It helps maintain your physical and mental health, and teaches you about
yourself. A paddling school will increase your safety, enjoyment, and skills in
the outdoors. Canoes, kayaks and whitewater rafts are quiet and leave no trace.
They conserve energy and promote conservation of our natural resources, which
belong to all the people and is our birthright.
Questions and Answers
What if I can not swim?
Don't be to concerned. It's more of a question of how comfortable
are you in the water. Wear your personal floatation device (life jacket) at all
times. In rivers you go with the flow and work your way toward shore. It
doesn't require much swimming skill. Take a class and swim a rapid in your PFD,
How strenuous is paddling?
You will be active, but if you are in moderately good physical
condition, the challenge will not strain you. There is little danger if you
follow the safety rules and don't try to swim or paddle beyond your skills.
What about children?
It depends on the child and the challenge of your specific trip.
It is a fascinating, rewarding experience for a child who is prepared for an
outdoor challenge, and who can easily adjust to the company of adults and the
discipline that water and water/river safety requires. Keep in mind there may
be others in your group who prefer a trip away from children. You know your
Am I going to get wet, and how should I dress?
Yes. Water does splash on you. Wear a swim suit, and shoes that
can get wet but won't come off your feet. Foot injury is the most common
injury, from walking around on uneven terrain and broken glass. Shoes should be
worn at all times. Wet suit booties or wool sox keep your feet warm. Bring a
nylon wind shell, a glasses strap, sunscreen, chapstick, and some extra warm
clothes. Have a towel and a dry set of clothes and shoes to get into after your
What do I do with my camera?
There are water tight boxes for cameras. If you have an
exceptionally valuable camera, leave it at home. An old metal ammo box works
well lined with foam and tied into your boat.
Is there any fishing on paddling trips?
Yes. State fishing licenses should be obtained before the trip.
You should bring a small folding type rod that can be stored easily when not in
What is a good trip for a first timer?
If you have never paddled before stay on flatwater. You can't get
into to much trouble, but remember if you capsize it can be a long, cold swim
to shore. Take a class before attempting rivers.
How do I get back to my car?
Run a shuttle. Meet your group at the bottom/end of a river trip.
Leave enough cars at the take-out to take drivers back to their cars at the
put-in where you started.
When is the best time to go on a river trip?
May and June are high water months on most rivers. Some rivers
may be runnable only at that time. Others may be too high to be safe. Many
rivers are dam controlled and are runnable all summer. Check locally to find
out. Weather can also be a factor.