Read these river trip guidelines, and then pass them along so everyone is prepared to fully enjoy their great escape.
For your comfort and safety on the river:
•Make sure your life vest fits properly, and wear your vest at all times on the river—even when swimming. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability. Be aware that there are sudden drop-offs and strong currents.
•Wear river shoes or old sneakers at all times. The river floor is rocky and slippery.
•Bring along a rain poncho or inclement-weather gear. Showers or thunderstorms can come up quickly.
•Bring shorts, bathing suit, a tee shirt and wind-breaker plus sun screen for hot weather, while cool weather paddling calls for light layers of polypropylene or wool—fabrics that will keep you warm and dry.
•Wear a wet suit to prevent hypothermia if the air and water temperatures combined do not equal 100 degrees (required). We have a limited supply of wet suits and booties available for rental, and these should be reserved prior to trip day.
•Attach retaining straps to eyeglasses.
•Bring a post-trip change of clothing and shoes for a comfortable ride home.
•Pack food! It seems to taste better outside, so plan to bring enough to suit and satisfy outdoor appetites. It’s also wise to bring extra sodas or juices and drinking water, especially if you’re doing an overnight trip. The water quality of the Delaware has been rated “excellent” by the EPA. That means it’s great for everything…but drinking!
•Pack all food and beverages into waterproof coolers with attached lids, and be sure to tie coolers and all gear (except life preservers) into your watercraft.
•Use waterproof cases for all valuables, and be certain to keep cameras and cell phones in waterproof cases or containers. Large zip-lock bags work well for non-breakables. Perhaps the best idea? Leave valuables at home.
•Make sure your car keys are in a safe place. Some creative river runners give an extra door and trunk key to another member of the group and hide a spare ignition key in their car.
•Bag all litter and tie your litter bag into your watercraft. Trash in and along the river destroys the view as well as the environment for all those who follow.
•Know that any water-related activity poses hazards and risks to participants. You will receive a river and safety orientation prior to your trip. Pay attention during this briefing; you must understand and use the safety measures described. If something isn’t clear, ask questions then.
Alcohol is not recommended, and glass containers are prohibited on the river. The National Park Service may remove, fine, and arrest people who are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Anyone in possession of alcohol under the age of 21 is subject to arrest by the authorities. There are no refunds for people who are removed from the river. Your cooperation is your responsibility.
Now, you're ready. Have a great time!