RHCC Safety is number one priority
The RHCC takes safety very seriously and follows the
rules and regulations as set out by the CanoeKayak Canada. Below are highlights from the Sprint Code of Safety
from CanoeKayak Canada.
- All participants, at a minimum, should be able to swim at the
Canadian Red Cross “Aquaquest 6” level. Participants who cannot swim at
this level must wear a PFD during training and regattas.
- Bantam, Peewee and Atom paddlers MUST wear a PFD during training and regattas, regardless of their swimming ability.
- When the river temperature is below 8 degrees celsius, ALL PADDLERS
BELOW THE AGE OF 18, must wear a PFD. Paddlers above 18 years of age
are strongly advised to wear a PFD; if they choose not to, they do so at
their own risk. During these cold water conditions, all paddlers should
be accompanied by a safety boat during on-water training.
- Paddlers may not be “tied”, “secured” or “strapped” to the boat or
its floorboard, in any manner, during training and competition.
- A foot strap or bar, which is used by all competitive athletes,
does not interfere with exiting a kayak, therefore is allowed for
training and competing.
For more information on the Sprint Code of Safety, please click here.