Trip Leader Check List: White Water Multi day


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Before leaving

Check weather forecast and water levels, ensuring trip is safe to run

Ensure that all trip participants are on the RACCC’s WW List

Call an Executive member to get the shed combination for the week of your trip

Access the binder in the shed for Trip Forms and Boat Reservations:

o List all participants including vehicle details and emergency contact

o Reserve the boats you need for the date(s) of your trip

Discuss carpooling arrangements and cost-sharing

Discuss any applicable medical issues and food restrictions amongst participants

Ensure participants meet trip requirements for skill/endurance/gear

All paddlers must have PFD, helmet, whistle, paddle, boat

River rescue and first aid: designate leaders and identify others with training

Get the necessary kits from the shed: first aid, hypothermia, pin.

Make shuttle arrangements and confirm rendez-vous points

Make a “Backup Plan”

o Communicate trip itinerary to emergency contact / ‘guardian angel’

o Formulate extraction plan in case of emergency

o Consult list of hospitals for nearest facility

Remove flotation bags for transit, and bring air pump


At the put-in

Run shuttle, make sure your entire group is accounted for

Discuss and agree on “Club Insurance”

Discuss safety issues and review river signals

Designate lead and sweep boats

Trip leader carries the first aid kit; other kits distributed amongst group

All paddlers must have PFD, helmet, whistle, paddle, boat

All boats must have a bailer, a throw-rope, and a spare paddle


On the river

Safety is priority #1

All paddlers must have PFD, helmet, whistle, paddle

Keep PFDs and helmets on and fastened at all times, including when scouting

Bring along paddles and throw-ropes when scouting

No shame to walk: encourage participants to stay within their abilities

Keep the group together and in visible/audible range


When your trip is done

Make sure your entire group is accounted for at the takeout

While shuttle is running, other people sort gear and remove air bags for transport

Replace boats and gear at the shed

Finish trip form, collect and submit rental fees for club boats



Group logistics for longer trips:

Use resources provided at www.raccc.ca and in RACCC Handbook for planning trip and calculating costs


Make reservations, if applicable:


Commercial shuttle

Boats & gear


Routes and destinations:

Review route, departure time, put in time & expected take out & return time

Have one river map per boat

Review paddling route, identify paddlers with prior experience on this route

Discuss paddling distances, portages, and hazards


Emergency planning:

Ensure that all participants have shared emergency contact information and that this information is in the hands of the trip’s ‘guardian angel’

Identify egress points and hospitals along your route



Did you leave your itinerary with a friend or family member?

Did you specify an emergency contact on the Trip Form?

Who are the leaders on the river, for first-aid, and for rescue?

Do you have your gear?

o PFD, helmet, wet/dry suit, footwear

o Throw bag, bailer/pump, spare paddle

o Whistle/mirror/flashlight

o Food and water

o Sunscreen, bug spray/shirt, matches

o Driver’s license, health card, spare keys, cash/money


Do you know where you’re going / driving directions?

Did you pay?

o Club boat rental fees

o If carpooling, your driver