LCCC Safety Policies

LCCC members sign a waiver every year that emphasizes that at all times safety is an individual club member's responsibility. Nevertheless, the club does have some simple safety policies that are strictly followed. These policies support your safety and the safety of those with whom you paddle. We encourage everyone to follow them as if their life depends on them. In some circumstances, it could!

  • PFDs ARE REQUIRED: PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices, i.e. life jackets) are to be worn and fastened at all times while on the water.
  • NO ALCOHOL: No alcohol is allowed before or during trips. After the boats are out of the water and the paddling day is over, beverages are at your own risk.
  • WAIVERS: Membership in the LCCC requires signing the LCCC waiver. Non-members who paddle on club-sponsored trips must sign the LCCC Guest Waiver.
  • MINIMUM NUMBER OF BOATS IS THREE: A minimum of three boats is required for LCCC whitewater trips.
  • HELMETS: Helmets are recommended for Class II and required for Class III or higher trips. Trip coordinators can require helmets on any club trip and further stipulate that participants wear them.

In practice, because of the support of club members, trip coordinators have not needed formal procedures to enforce these safety policies. Members are expected to know and practice them. In the interest of safety, trip coordinators may (but are not required to) screen participants for appropriate paddling skills for a planned trip, inspect boats for adequate floatation and no entangling lines, and may often conduct short reminders of the universal river signals and proper swimming technique. For more on water safety, the club recommends people download and read the American Whitewater Affiliate Safety Code.