Event Safety

Watercraft Safety

  • Please ensure that your canoe and/or kayak is in good repair before the day of the event.
  • Your watercraft will be checked prior to launching to ensure it is safe. Watercraft deemed unsafe or which do not have proper safety equipment, will not be allowed to launch.
  • Altough there are no Transport Canada regulations regarding load capacity of canoes, you should have at least 6" of freeboard to paddle safely. Watercraft deemed over capacity will not be allowed to launch.
  • As required by Transport Canada the following safety equipment must be on board.
    • One Canadian-approved personal floatation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person.
    • At least one paddle.
    • One bouyant heaving line at least 15 metres (49'3") in length.
    • One bailer, minimum of 750 ml in size with a wide opening. (an empty bleach container or 2 litre pop bottle with the top cut off will work).
    • A sound-signaling device, such as a whistle (pealess), compressed gas or electric horn.
  • Although not a requirement, having a line or "painter" attached to both the bow and stern of your watercraft is useful for both convenience and safety.

PADDLERS: It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the safety equipment is on board before you launch. If you are renting a canoe or kayak, please ensure that the rental company will provide the necessary safety equipment, or that you make arrangements to bring it yourself. Fairvern will not supply this equipment.

Personal Safety

  • While Paddle for Fairvern is open to everyone, when deciding whether to participate, please keep in mind the nature of the course and the capabilities of you, your children and the other paddlers in your canoe/kayak. Currents and hidden obstacles may be encountered.
  • Please use your judgement when determining the number of paddlers that will be in your watercraft including adults and children. It is important to consider your abilities as well as the abilities of the other passengers or paddlers, especially if children are involved. We strongly suggest no more than three adults per canoe and that one paddler should be experienced.
  • A waiver and registration form must be completed by each participant prior to launching.

Other Equipment and Gear

  • All participants should have identification with them, sealed in a waterproof bag or backpack and secured in their watercraft.
  • Hat, Sunscreen and Sunglasses.
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket.
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for along the route.
  • In our continuing efforts to protect our environment, we ask that a bag be secured in each watercraft for trash/garbage to be put into. (Please do not throw anything into the river or lakes)