Whitewater

WHITEWATER LEADERSHIP

See the list of current leaders, here.

Potential leaders for this activity need to meet several criteria. Proficiency as a Whitewater Leader is evaluated by current leaders in the activity and the Leadership Chair. Only those that meet all of the criteria will be allowed to lead trips on their own. The following is a list of criteria potential leaders must meet:

SAFETY

  • CurrentCPRcertification
  • Current First Aid certification
  • Training in prevention, recognition, and treatment of hypothermia and frostbite
  • Must be concerned with the safety of the group at all times

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

  • Must be able to effectively communicate with a group in an outdoor setting
  • Must be able to keep a group together and organized in an outdoor setting
  • Must be concerned with the safety and well being of the group
  • Must show ability to make correct decisions in potentially dangerous outdoor situations
  • Must be able to evaluate an individual’s skills and prevent putting individuals in situations they may not be prepared for
  • Must bring appropriate group gear to the outing
  • Must educate all those attending on what to bring (appropriate clothing, food, water, and money if needed)
  • Must be able to instruct others about the activity
  • Must make sure drivers for the trip are appropriately compensated for gas expenses

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Must be familiar with all the equipment used in the activity
  • Must be familiar with rescue techniques specific to whitewater
  • Must have excellent kayaking skills
  • Must be able to evaluate whitewater rapids for hazards and safe routes

WHAT LEADERS MUST BRING ON TRIPS:

  • Throw-rope
  • Tow-tethers
  • Dry bags
  • First Aid kit
  • Individual leaders may also have their own river knives and Z-drag kits

WHAT INDIVIDUALS MUST BRING ON TRIPS:

  • Kayak (including float bags)
  • Paddle
  • Spray-skirt
  • Helmet
  • PFD
  • Booties
  • Pogies or gloves
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket
  • Polypro or fleece under layers

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