Tips and Guidelines

  • If you are planning to paddle in rough water or “surfing” for training, you can notify the Harbour Patrol in advance by calling 1-800-883-7079 to let them know where you will be training. This is primarily for outer harbour work where the public can visually see you and could report you to the Patrol as being in distress.
  • These harbour areas are frequently patrolled in the summer by either Harbour Patrol or the RCMP. If they flag you or stop you, be cooperative and friendly. You are likely just in the wrong place. However, you should have the full complement of devices required by Transport Canada, namely signaling device, PFDs, tow ropes, and bailing device.
  • It is a stern’s responsibility to ensure the safety of his crew and canoe by checking the impending weather conditions and determining the risk. Weather reports and predictions can be sourced from weather.gc.ca and bigwavedave.ca/forecasts.php. Weather updates can also be found on the ORPC Teampages site.
  • We expect that paddlers to wear appropriate clothing for paddling. Cotton is to be avoided and technical fabrics employed in layers are most recommended (fleece, wick-away, lycra, neoprene) and most efficient in regulating body temperature. Appropriate footwear such as neoprene boots or good wool socks with appropriate shoes. A toque is important to retain heat and a synthetic shell to reduce heat loss due to wind.
  • In the summer the effect of the sun’s rays is intensified by the water. Paddlers should wear sunscreen, a hat and appropriate clothing to prevent sunburn or sunstroke.
  • Paddlers should have a change of clothing with them either in the clubhouse, their vehicle or even in the canoes in a dry bag in the event that extra layers or dry layers are required.

In the winter and early spring the docks and marina ramps can be extremely slippery due to freeze up and algal build-ups. Efforts are made to ensure that salt is laid down but we ask paddlers to exercise caution on ramps and docks during cold mornings/evening