- Lack skills and knowledge about kayaking.
Selecting kayaking as a way to spend a holiday or even a weekend we should remember that while low land canoeing is not extreme sport is at least one person from our team should have elementary knowledge of canoeing. The most important issues are how to row forward and backward, kayak ing, kayak ing on the current and during the obstacles and the emergency situation, i.e. the overturning of the Kayak.
Simply if one person in the group has experience in this matter and before the run-off begins, it will train the rest of the participants. If however, we never sailed canoeing and none of the participants in our let us not shine on this subject. It will be better to to begin with, go to an organized kayaking where instructors will advise and show you how to cope in a kayak.
Repeatedly i happened to meet on the river settlements "struggling with element" and suffering tusks, trying to row in accordance with and achieve the desired effect. Often also carefree, "Sunday" kayakers are stuck helplessly dipped around their necks in next to an overturned or drowned kayak. It's not hard master basic skills in canoeing and it is worth asking for help or looking at more experienced Canoeing. By improving our skills, we will avoid unpleasant surprises, which are often the start of quarrels among Participants. A canoe tipper or cabin can cause health and even life, and yet we are talking about time and leisure on the water.
- Non-adaptation to the group's skills and expectations.
Rafting canoeing is a very pleasant form of active rest under the route to the group's skills and expectations.
For beginners should choose a short stretch of easy, thanone river. Otherwise, the participants of the run-off will be too tired of long rowing to enjoy the surrounding Nature. Similarly, the run-off route too cumbersome, the obstacles, full of fallen trees, overheads and places with a strong will cause frustration in people not accustomed to the effort of instead of providing them with rest and relaxation.
Z sporty, physically fit and physically fit persons who have canoeing experience will be bored and disappointed too easy section of the river so it is worth providing them with attractions in more demanding run-off route. Kayaking with successfully cope with a large number of different obstacles to the current of the river, as well as willingly overcome much longer distance than beginners.
- Lack and established flow patterns.
Selecting you need to select one person from among the group that will be responsible for all logistics, preparation and runoff. One-man management is necessary at each kayaking. This is a function of thankless and very responsible but ensuring the success of the every trip, not just kayaks. We all know very well realized that the ideas for a kayak trip will be so much how many kayakers involved and the agreement in certain issues can prove difficult and often impossible. If each participant of the trip will be individually communicated with the rental of kayak equipment or the company preparing the rafting organized uprising of the information mess and you may find that people going on the rafting and the organiser will be misinformed or messages will be duplicated.
Manager is responsible for all participants in the trip as for their actions, but is also the person decisions on disputes and the group as a whole must apply the these decisions. It should be a well-organised person, reasonable, punctual and, above all, with experience canoeing but also in human management.
To "Manager/Commander" duties include, in particular:
- The choice of river and the fragment we are going to overcome in kayaks.
- Check the option of commuting by public transport to the place of departure or planning of the route and parking lots for private cars and information on the details of all participants in the trip.
- Contact with the organizer and the addition of details of the rental of equipment or participation in an organised kayaking.
- Reception and check the equipment at the start of the kayaking.
- Selection kayaking persons and decisions on possible replacements in the event of problems of any of the settlements.
- Determine flow pattern, designation of the opening and closing sludge and contact with them in emergency situations.
- The choice of place and time for the biwak in the event of a run-off of several days or break during the one-day runoff.
- Responding and decision-making for all participants in the runoff in emergency situations such as accidents on the river and on land, collapse of the weather, trouble with accommodation, equipment or transport.
- Ensuring that the rental equipment is returned after the run-off cleared complete.
Getting in we should determine the flow pattern. This is the order of in which individual settlements descend on the water and overcome the selected Episode. The flow pattern should be planned by a person with the greatest canoe experience, or by the manager of the Trailing.
Above we decide who will open the flow pattern and who will closed. Kayakers who sail first should know the episode river that we plan to sail. They choose and show other settlements, they inform about obstacles, they shall difficult or dangerous places. The opening settlement must know the stoppoints and the end of the runoff. Closing settlement, so-called the "red lantern" ensures that none of the participants are or not lost. The last kayak also contains first aid kit and the persons flowing with it are required to make it available the victim if necessary. Sailing in such a pattern does not we risk kayaking crossing the place of end of the runoff that the weaker settlement will be far behind. Well if opening and closing are able to contact (mobile phone, walkie-talkie) and may inform you about the run-off or possible problems and changes to the Route.
Planning the most vulnerable settlement, with the least experience we rank right behind the canoe opening the runoff. This the most vulnerable participants of the run-off give the flow rate and we do not risk falling out of strength and stay at the very end. At the same time, by swimming just behind a more experienced person, they can count on her help when overcoming obstacles, instruction or words of encouragell in difficult moments.
Selecting a few days with luggage in kayaks, remember to most heavily loaded (e.g. canadian) were accompanied by smaller, lighter and faster boats (e.g. singles or kayaks single-person). Smaller kayaks, if in doubt, are able to penetrate the section in front of the beak and indicate the the most convenient path of sailing and, if necessary, carry canoeing are additional pairs of hands necessary for the the transfer of a large boat.
Beating long stretches on a multi-day raft, it is worth selecting from among the participants, a person or persons with swimming experience canoeing and canoeing solo with two kayaks. In this way we gain additional space in each of these kayaks that can be used as hold for luggage or purchases (in the in the case of a trapper run-off) or as a place for a person victim who is unable to row alone or transport to shore.
- Wrong selection of sediments.
Very often participants in kayaking present different levels of skills as a canoeing. It is important that properly select the settlements. Persons who do not have any canoe experience should not flow in one kayak. It's good that someone who can't swim or swim poorly sat in a kayak with a person feeling good in the water. As far as opportunities we should create mixed settlements – men usually have more strength, which will be useful both during the obstacles, oversaves and long hours of rowing. When you get into a kayak, remember that a person sits in the back heavier and more experienced – she will control the Kayak. A lighter kayaker with less experience and it will determine the rate of rowing. Using the above rules will avoid more serious quarrels in the kayak unnecessary fatigue after a day of rowing.
- Disregard rivers, bravado and alcohol.
Planning canoeing let's try to get information about episodes river that we are going to sail. It's good before the runoff provide yourself with a guide or map, or look at the internet or just ask in the rental kayaks from which services we use. If we participate in an organized instructors should provide us with the necessary information check-in.
If we won't know anything about the river we have before intention may be that this kayaking is not will meet our expectations and we will come back disappointed because the chosen part of the river will prove too easy or too cumbersome.
Never let us not underestimate information about the oversaves, mills, weirs and other water structures – these are often difficult places, dangerous or even non-floating. Bravado in these places can end up with an accident, loss of health and even life! Held information on whether the warnings encountered are verified in case of doubt watching a place from the shore.
Not your strength and skills must also be overestimated. Water is element, from which we often do not realize. Even a calm lowland river lazily rolling its waters can if we behave too recklessly.
Swimming alcohol-based canoeis is legally prohibited, highly prohibited and irresponsible and could end in tragedy. Summer, weekend and so-called 'natural circumstances' favour all events outdoor alcohol consumption, however, increases the reaction time and lazy. On hot days, drinking alcohol in a kayak is further at risk the body for hydration. On cold days or in times of rain, we can in turn, over-cool ed if "one deeper" warms up only seemingly.
Remember that alcohol and water sports do not go hand in hand so drink a few beers let's rather put down to the evening bonfire.
- Unprepared to weather conditions.
Selecting canoeing we need to be prepared for sudden changes in and we should take the right clothing with us. Even if we have cloudless skies over our heads when we get into a kayak we should pack a sweatshirt and a rain jacket, which we in case of a weather collapse. Also in summer evenings cool so, when planning to spend in the kayak all day, let's count with the fact that in the evening the temperature can be lower and will be useful to us sweatshirt or thin fleece.
Na canoeing, the headgear is indispensable. During the heat protect us from the unpleasant effects of a sunburn. Often we downplay such an eventuality and, contrary to appearances, it is not difficult to stroke especially by sailing a canoe trail leading through meadows and poorly treeed. In worse weather, a hat or cap with will ensure that the rain streams do not flow face and flood the eyes.
People having no experience of rowing can with fingerless gloves (e.g. bicycle bicycles) which protect your hands from blisters arising from the excessive compression of the paddle stick.
If it is necessary to go out from the kayak into the water, let's always do it in the Boots. The bottom of the river can hide different, unpleasant surprises, starting with sharp roots or branches and
broken the bottles ending. The cuts to the foot are very painful, walking and getting badly treated in run-down conditions. We will protect ourselves in front of it, wearing sandals, footwear for water sports or even old sneakers that we do not feel sorry for. Simultaneously I advise against flip-flops or flip-flops as they tend to swim away.
Na canoeing should also take the cream with the appropriate filter UV and sunglasses. Kayaking all day in swimsuit or slips will surely end in a severe burn. During the strongest solar operation ( between 11 and 14 hours) it is worth wearing a t-shirt or a thin shirt with longer sleeves. Sunny day in kayak without glasses may result in conjunctivitis, which is not Pleasant.
If we plan to run down with accommodation in tents let's pack clothes (sweatshirt, long trousers) and light footwear trekking – useful for wood or walking in the forest and in addition to the cold, it will protect against nagging insecites.
- Deficiencies equipment and supplies.
Deciding even for a short canoe trip it is worth taking with you drinks and food. Paddled during the heat, our body quickly wastewater and we should replenish it regularly. We can also be sure that after a few hours of rowing we will be more hungry than having spent the same time in front of the TV, it is worth take a sandwich, fruit or energy bars to the kayak.
Borrowing kayak or participating in an organized canoe run let's make sure we have insurance vests on board. The organizer or owner of the rental company is obliged to provide each participant in the runoff. There is no obligation to sail however, children and persons who are unable to swim or flying poorly should have a vest fastened at all times on the yourself. In case of sudden cooling, rain or wind, the vest provides an additional layer to protect us from Cold.
Before trip to the rafting it is good to stock up on a few meters strong link – it will be useful as a mooring, during the pulling the kayak on the shallows, pulling it out of the water after the cabin or pulling to a high edge or a fallen tree. It is also worth pack a pocket knife and a flashlight. These gadgets don't take up much space and in an emergency are invaluable.
Well if in the kayak we have a sponge, which after a finite runoff we will choose water, leaves or sand from the bottom of the boat.
Planning longer run-off or run down a difficult river, it is worth taking spare paddle. The reserve will be useful to us when our paddle breaks "in action", gets stuck between stones or branches of knocked-down trees or mysteriously depart by choosing freedom?
- Lack First aid kit.
Na each canoe runshould be a first aid kit. It always flows in the last kayak. In keeping this principle, the victim does not have to look for a first aid kit among the participants in the runoff and just stop at the shore and wait for the closing Settlement.
First aid kit should contain basic medicines to prevent colds and diarrhoea, painkillers and antiallergic agents, NRC blanket, dressing materials and elastic bandages and reducing preparation effects of burns.
- Lack connectivity and the possibility of contact with the world.
Swimming we often find a great distance from civilization, among the forests, away from human settlements. Remember to take with you and properly protect against getting wet your mobile phone with charged battery. It is very important to take the number with you telephone to the run-off organiser, the owner of the rental company or the driver who provided us with kayaks. If you need to early end of runoff, getting lost or problems contact with equipment or access will be necessary.
Spending time on the rundown we want to relax in the bosom of nature and wildlife, however, in an emergency, we must be able to contact or call for assistance.
- Lack transport concept, logistics.
Na kayaking must somehow be reached and after the event is over Return. Let's think about the concept of transport earlier. If it is possible to arrive/leave by train or bus basically, we don't have to worry about anything. However, if the we start rafting from a place where public transport does not arrive let's try to find out from the organizer what transport options Has. In the event that we are offered to bring station to the place of start of the run-off let's make sure it looks the issue of departure after the end of the event. Even before you leave with we have time to find convenient connections taking into account the expected end-of-run time.
Arriving on the rafting organized by your own car it is worth finding out where the cars will leave for the run-off and how we pick them up.
If we organize a kayak ing trip ourselves, upon arrival at the starting point you need to talk to the hosts in the surrounding villages – a small fee, everyone will be happy to agree to hold the pair cars in the yard. It's good at least one car leave at the end of the runoff before it is Starting. Then, after the event is over, drivers can the waiting car to drive for the rest of the vehicles while the the rest of the participants of the runoff extracts, cleans and makes the equipment.