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Worcester, MA
Hi everyone,

As we are into the start of our paddling season, I just wanted to highlight a couple of reminders Nancy already mentioned and also add a couple other reminders to the list.

Again life jackets (pfd's) are required to be worn on all trips (they are required by law Sept. 15 - May 15, but we require them all season).  This is not only for your safety but for the safety of those trying to help you should you require assistance. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Also, whistles are required on every trip, you can get them for around $4 at WalMart in the camping/boating section, Dick's or any similar place also has them.  It's a small item that can make a big difference in case of emergency.

For any late afternoon, evening or night paddles, lights (flashlights are sufficient) are also required. Even if we don't expect to be on the water after dark, if there are any unexpected delays that keep us out after dark, then lights would be required, so better to have them to be on the safe side.

Trip cancellation policy - Should a trip need to be cancelled due to weather or unexpected conditions, the decision will be made at least two hours before the trip start time, an email will be sent out to the people signed up for the trip and the trip posting will be removed from the website.  For all trips, please check your email or the website before heading out.  If there is no email and the trip is still posted, the trip is on!

Also just a reminder that the trip organizers are NOT trained leaders or instructors!  The organizers set the time and place for the trip and coordinate the launch.  You are responsible for your own safety on and off the water and must decide for yourself if the trip conditions are suitable for your level of fitness and paddling skills.

Pre-launch meeting - at each trip there will be a quick pre-launch meeting just to make sure everyone is aware of the headcount (always better to come back with at least as many as we left with :)  ) and the organizer can discuss anything they need to for that trip.  Please do not launch until the organizer has had the chance to do this.

Happy and safe paddling everyone, I'm looking forward to seeing you on the water!

Nancy H
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Westborough, MA
Post #: 22
Even though it is not required by law, everyone should bring a pump (specifically designed for kayak/canoe) or some means of bailing out unexpected water (it happens!). Even an old detergent bottle with the top on and bottom cut off is better than nothing!
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