|Cosumnes Fire Department crew practicing rough water rescues on Lower American River (2017)|
Many Northern California paddlers are dusting off their boats....….but before that first launch of the season, it’s time to review a safety check list. Especially since Northern Californian waters will be running extra high, fast and cold this spring. Long-time kayaking instructor Dan Crandall recently posted a comprehensive list of tips on his River Store web site. While that post may be primarily oriented toward the white-water crowd, it’s worth a read by flatwater kayakers, too. Also check out this 2017 NorCal Yak post on high-water paddling with photos, videos, and some incidents that reinforce the need for extra safety this time of year.
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