Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club
Membership Application & Renewal
Requirements For Trip Participants
Following are some trip requirements and recommendations that will go a long way to ensure a pleasant, rewarding, and safe paddling experience.
1. All trip participants MUST have read and signed the current
year insurance company Liability Waiver.
Members who have not signed this waiver in the current year, and all
guests, must sign this waiver before the trip starts. Signed waivers
must be returned to the membership scribe (Jim
The membership directory
indicates the date members have most recently signed the waiver.
3. Bring necessary equipment - make a checklist. The following
4. Be on time -- normally, trip coordinators will wait only 10 minutes. Call if there is a problem.
5. Expected conditions should be discussed by trip coordinators before or at the start of the trip. If you are not comfortable paddling in these conditions, do not participate. Trip coordinators may use their discretion to decline participation to any member or guest who may not have suitable skills and/or equipment for the event conditions. Make sure the trip coordinator knows if you can’t swim or have medical problems.
6. No alcohol or substance abuse is permitted.
7. During the trip - all participants must stay with the group. If leaving the group let the trip leader know.
Trip coordinators may designate a “lead” and a “sweep” boat. Do not pass the lead boat or fall behind the sweep. Keep the next boat ahead or behind you in sight. Hold up if necessary, and signal that you are doing so. If you can, assist, wait for, and indicate the best passage through tricky spots for the boat behind you.
Don’t crowd the boat ahead of you in fast water. Allow room for back-paddling or ferrying to avoid collision when boats stop or slow to scout or negotiate rapids or obstructions.
8. Emergency action plan– all participants must be familiar with this plan
• Call attention to an emergency by 3 whistle blasts and hand gestures.
• Render assistance prioritizing water rescue of people or pets in the water before recovering property.
• Assess scene as appropriate to determine further action needed.
• If appropriate care for injured parties.
• Be aware of hypothermia risk to rescued swimmers.
• If appropriate contact 911 for assistance by police, rescue and medical authorities.
1. The following equipment is recommended:
2. Cooperation is essential for shuttles, portaging, loading & unloading, etc. Volunteer to help to the best of your ability.
3. Respect property owners’ rights. Don’t litter. Don’t block driveways. Ask permission to park. Use common sense and courtesy. Steer clear of fisherpersons and their lines.
4. Practice with your boat. The better your skills are, the more fun you will have. Be comfortable getting in and out of your boat. Practice “wet exits” and self-rescue. Learn skills to assist with rescue of others.