Below is a list of suggested items that may or may not be relevant to the day’s activity. Many of them are general ideas that could serve as a trigger for any specific details an instructor or trip leader might bring forward in safety briefing.
- Ensure everyone is properly dressed for the conditions.
- Ensure everyone meets Transport Canada regulations.
- Confirm the float plan is accurate and fully completed.
- If relevant, confirm the vehicles are locked and keys are a safe place.
- Identify the leader and sweep to the group.
- Know and discuss the weather forecast and its impact on the day’s course or trip.
- Discuss the paddling plan; what to expect, check the chart, include time frames for paddling, breaks, lunch, and other goals.
- Identify the location of the medical kit and emergency gear.
- Ensure all paddlers have their own gear safely stowed (including clothing, food, and medicine, etc.).
- Review emergency procedures including hand signals, and capsize and rescue procedures.
- Identify hazards in the launching area.
- Identify waiting area for the group while others are launching.
- Allow time for questions or comments.
- Confirm everyone is ‘zipped and clipped’ (PFDs and helmets) and has whistles, ensure safety gear is accessible, and, if applicable, spray decks in place, hatches sealed, and foot pedals adjusted, and ready for launch.
Learn more about the Transport Canada regulations.