As the White Water season approaches, it is important to highlight the importance of forward planning for trips and to be aware of actions required during any emergency which may occur.
- Always take an effective means of communication/way of calling for help with you.
Consider what other communication devices would be appropriate particularly where mobile phone signals are not guaranteed.
Also remember that even if you have no signal on your network, it may still be possible to make an emergency call as your phone will try all networks
- How are you going to identify and describe your location if you need help?
Always have an emergency plan, understand the problems you might encounter and how to solve them. Know your location (a grid reference).
- Always check river levels before you go. Assess the risk and paddlers capability.
Always make sure the water is suitable for the whole group and understand how different water levels increase the difficulty and risk.