Ethics & Safety

Safety and Professionalism:

Our Guides And Instructors Are Certified Through -

The American Canoe Association:
Partnering with the US Coast Guard in providing proffessional waterway ethics and training nation wide for over 100 years.

We are a member of -

The America Outdoors Association:
The international trade association for the world's finest adventure travel outfitters, tour companies and outdoor educators and their suppliers.


Limitations:

Often this location is beginner friendly and ideal for first time kayaking or stand up paddle boarding.  However, no outdoor activity can be considered inherently safe. 

Please note disclaimers below:
Although we do our best to track our local weather and water conditions, and provide public access to the same resources we use, all participants must sign a liability waiver in order to participate.

Seasonal Coastal Wind And River Current Restrictions:  Kayakers, boaters or stand up paddle boarders may be required to show proof of prior instruction or demonstrate appropriate skills prior to renting during windy or moving water conditons. Tours Are A Good Option. Skills Courses Are Avaialble.
 
All participants, of any age, must be able to float and swim well enough to assist in their own rescue if they fall out of a boat or kayak, or off of a stand up paddle board.

Did You know? BUI (Boating while under the influence). It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. This law pertains to ALL boats (from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships) The use of alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities.  WaterTreks And The  American Canoe Association (ACA). Guides Are ACA Certification or Equivilent. We partner with the US Coast Guard, and also cooperate with our local State Parks and Emergency Services. Because we care abut your safety, as well as the liability risks to our education and research programs, our staff will decline participation to any person under the influence or who insists on consuming to become under the influence while operating any vehicle including a bicycle (CUI).
Paddling is a wonderful way to work up an appetite, and thirst, for enjoying the local quisine, wine and microbrews, after your activity.   Ask us about local establishments and entertainment venues.  We want you to have a great time!

 


Responsibility

Respect For Our Natural Areas And Wildlife As Well As The Safety Of Others And Ourselves Is Of Major Importance.

Protecting the gifts of nature includes protecting the presence of all species, including ourselves.

 Life on our Earth is very much interconnected.  Without the diversity of life on this planet we ourselves would not exist.

Being conscious of how we interact with nature and each other will help ensure that the gifts of nature that we experience today will be here for future generations to appreciate also.

 

Please Join Us In Following The Guidelines and Policies Available Below.



Leave No Trace - Outdoor Ethics
Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Design your trip to match your kayaking and outdoor skill level.
  • Know the area and what to expect. Find out about camp sites and sensitive animal/bird populations.
  • Select appropriate equipment to help you leave no trace. Lightweight equipment, collapsible water containers and reduced trash help.
  • Repackage Food. Save weight and space, plus reduce potential trash.
  • Travel Skills. Develop your paddling skills, weather awareness, coastal hazard awareness, leadership and first aid training before your trip.
Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces
  • Hike on durable surfaces and spread out when traveling on shore. Hike at low tide on hard sand, gravel or rock in the intertidal zone. Avoid crushing intertidal life.
  • Use trails where they exist.
  • Avoid fragile vegetation.
  • Keep your group small to minimize physical and social impacts.
  • Select durable ground, such as rock, gravel, sand or snow for your campsite. Or camp in designated campsites.
  • Choose a shelter site with a small slope so rainwater can drain.
  • Before departing, make sure your campsite is clean or cleaner than when you arrived.
  • Avoid places where impact is just beginning.
  • Avoid sites and trails that show signs of slight use.
  • Allow time for recovery.
Pack It In, Pack It Out
  • Dispose of trash and garbage properly. Only burn trash if it is completely burnable.
Properly Dispose of What You Can't Pack Out
  • Dispose of human waste properly. It can be "Packed Out" or follow Leave No Trace trenching policies.
  • Minimize soap and food residues in water.
  • Use soap sparingly when needed.
  • Properly dispose of fish viscera.
Leave What You Find
  • Minimize site alterations.
  • Avoid damaging live trees and plants.
  • Leave natural objects and cultural artifacts.
Minimize Use and Impact of Fires
  • Be aware of regulations and weather conditions
  • Use only dead and downed wood.
  • If there is not a supply of driftwood, collect loose sticks and branches from the ground.
  • In high use areas, use existing fire rings.
  • In remote areas, use appropriate Leave No Trace fire techniques.
Respect Wildlife
  • Land mammals. Limit the amount of noise you make so you don't scare animals from their homes. Don't habituate animals with food scraps.
  • Marine animals. The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits harassment of marine mammals. Do not approach marine mammals on land or on the water. 100 yard is the legal minimum distance between you and a marine mammal.  NOAA recommends 50 yards while on the water.
  • Sea birds. Do not disturb birds during nesting season.
  • Intertidal life. Be careful to avoid stepping on mussels, barnacles, urchins and sea stars. Don't move intertidal animals as they may dry out and die. Hermit crabs may be eaten by other hermit crabs if moved away from their own hermit crab group.
For more detailed information on Leave No Trace, visit their website.




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