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SAFETY LINES CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS


While people continue to debate over the causes and risks of climate change, Paddle Canada instructors and leaders must be conscious of increasingly extreme weather and plan our courses and trips accordingly. Storms may come earlier in the season. Rivers and lakes may be colder than usual. Snowstorms can strand us when the sun usually shines. More intense rainfalls can raise water levels, making rapids unsuit- able for the novice paddlers who once learned on them. Portages, take-outs and put-ins can also change or disappear entirely.


All of the above require that we assess in advance the implications of changing weather conditions. Know- ing when to cancel your trips or courses is vital to your students safety. Operating in conditions that exceed those approved for Paddle Canada courses may also void Paddle Canada’s group liability insurance for your course.


Instructors should always have a Plan B in place to change locations or dates if the weather creates unsafe paddling conditions. It is a sign of professionalism, responsibility and integrity for you, your organization and Paddle Canada.


Eric Williams is President Emeritus at Paddle Canada and is also a Member of the Canadian Safe Boating Council.


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