Paddling Safety Task Force
Top 10 Safety List
- Take an on water course for safety & paddling.
- Wear your properly fitted lifejacket at all times on the water.
- Understand cold water safety.
- Check high water conditions prior to launching.
- Check weather conditions and plan accordingly.
- Bring water and snacks for long days on the water.
- Have a first aid kit and cell phone in a dry bag.
- Leave your itinerary with someone and estimated time off the water.
- Have a safety check list.
- Know your limits.
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From the President’s Desk Year In Review and Looking Forward
Wow, Has it been a year already? At the beginning of the year I discussed the following five priorities for the IPC, coming from last year’s paddlers’ survey
- Development of Water Trails and Access Points.
- Safety and Education
- Our Web Page and Online Presence
So how have we done? Some Highlights of the year
- Establish the Banner Marsh water trail, outside of Peoria IL
- New launch site on the Little Calumet
- Ongoing participation in Algonquin and Carpentersville Riverfront Planning
- Paddler Participation lead to the fact that St Charles voted for White Water park: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150915/news/150919145/?utm_content=buffer927a8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
- Legislative initiative to exempt out of state paddlers from the Usage Stamp when participating in paddling events
- Ongoing efforts of the River Closure Task Force
- Chartered a new Paddling Safety Task Force
- New web site and new newsletter format
- Continuing stewardship efforts of Water TrailKeepers
I would like to think that we are heading in the right direction, but still have a lot to do! Should anyone want to take a more active role in the IPC, I would welcome the increased participation. There are a number of board positions available. Please feel free to contact me so we can discuss how to get involved.
President, Illinois Paddling Council
Program Manager, Illinois Water TrailKeepers