143035_DBW Course_r3

Chapter 3 X Vessel Operation

ƒ Check that all passengers know what to do if the boat capsizes or “flips.” This means knowing swimmer’s position, keeping to the upstream side of the boat, keeping track of people and gear, righting the boat and re-entering the boat. ƒ Check to see that you have recommended equipment such as a repair kit, bailing device, river maps, a flashlight, a compass, a knife, and a pump. While Under Way ƒ Check any section of the river you’re unfamiliar with, or that you can’t see from the boat. Go to the shore and scout rapids you are not familiar with. If the rapid is too much of a challenge, carry the boat (por tage) around the obstacles. ƒ Check the terrain along the river and river banks. Beware of and avoid strainers such as overhanging trees, log jams, brush piles, and other obstacles in moving currents. ƒ Check to make sure you are aware of the effect of cold water, air temperature and wind on your body temperature. Cold water shock is a constant hazard on the river. Each crew member should wear: f A Coast Guard-approved life jacket in serviceable condition and of a type and size appropriate for the conditions and the activity. f A properly fitted helmet. f Booties, sandals with a heel strap or shoes that will not come off easily. f Nylon, synthetic or wool clothing because they do not hold water. f A wet or dry suit for cold weather or water conditions. f Sunglasses with a leash, sunscreen and a signaling whistle. Do not apply sunscreen to your forehead where it can drip into your eyes, or to the back of your legs because it can cause you to slip out of the raft. CHECK OUT YOUR EQUIPMENT



California Course for Safe Boating

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