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Top 10 Safety List

  1. Take an on water course for safety & paddling.
  2. Wear your properly fitted lifejacket at all times on the water.
  3. Understand cold water safety.
  4. Check high water conditions prior to launching.
  5. Check weather conditions and plan accordingly.
  6. Bring water and snacks for long days on the water.
  7. Have a first aid kit and cell phone in a dry bag.
  8. Leave your itinerary with someone and estimated time off the water.
  9. Have a safety check list.
  10. Know your limits.

Top Safety Links:

American Canoe Association

American Whitewater Association  

USGS for Illinois water levels.

Weather updates across Illinois.

Safety Task Force Partners:

National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance http://www.nps.gov/orgs/rtca/index.htm
National Park Service, National Water Trail System http://www.nps.gov/WaterTrails/Home/About


Dam Safety by Sigrid Pilgrim

Every year, a dam and the hydraulics below, claims someone’s life.  Whether a paddler, fisherman, or inner-tuber – recognize the danger of dams and the hydraulics that form on the downstream side.   IPC has an educational video, produced by Tom Lindblade, on the danger of dams – so please – watch it. And if you are involved with a club, or any other organization – spread the word.  Click here for a brief, but very educational and informative video on the dangers of dams.





You can also order a copy of the DVD by sending a $10.00 check, made payable to Illinois Paddling Council, to:


Sigrid Pilgrim

2750 Bernard Place

Evanston, IL 60201