The Long Island Paddlers, Inc.


Trip Leader's Responsibilities

  • A trip leader is a trip organizer and a volunteer, not a guide. Trips are a cooperative effort.
  • The trip leader can cancel the trip if conditions warrant such action at any time.
  • The trip leader can examine each participant's qualifications, equipment, clothing, food, and water and can refuse participation to those who are unqualified or improperly equipped trip.
  • The trip leader can set and vary the pace and the route, as needed, and to turn the party back short of the trip objective, if conditions warrant such action.

Paddlers' Responsibilities

  • If you say you will attend a trip, don't be a no show.
  • If you do have another commitment come up, notify the trip leader right away.
  • Don't leave the trip leader and the rest of the group wondering if you are late or a no show.
Be Honest About Your Abilities
  • Check to see if you possess the skill level (see Trip Levels under TRIPS on website), gear or attire to complete the trip safely. Do not sign up for a trip that you are not capable of completing. You will endanger yourself and the entire group.
  • The scheduled difficulty level of the trip is the difficulty level of the trip under normal circumstances. The weather can push a Level 2 trip to a Level 3 trip.
  • If you feel uncomfortable with the agenda, sea conditions, or have a health problem say something either privately to the leader or to the group.
  • If you say nothing, then the assumption is everyone is fine.
  • If the trip looks like it's more than you can handle, it's OK to bail out or lobby for a change.
  • Don't be afraid to speak up and voice your concerns.
Day Paddle Checklist
  • PFD (required to be worn on the water)
  • Whistle - required
  • Visual signaling device (mirror*/flare) - required
  • Water (required) & snack/food
  • Spare paddle
  • Paddle float
  • Bilge pump
  • Spray skirt
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Spare clothes
Sunset Paddle / Night Paddle Checklist
  • Same list as the Day Paddle
  • Headlamp/flashlight - required
  • Coast Guard approved navigation lights
  •        •360 degree visible white light (required)
           •Red / Green navigation light (required)
  • Emergency strobe light (recommended)
Cold Water Paddle Checklist
(When the water gets cold, hypothermia becomes a real danger.
Cold water saps heat faster than cold air. Proper thermal protection is required)
  • dry suit with fleece or polypro underneath
  • head wear (a fleece or wool hat, neoprene hood)
  • hand protection (neoprene gloves, poggies, etc)
  • a change of warm, dry clothes stored in a dry bag
Submersion in cold water can cause a paddler to inhale water and drown instantly.
Submersion in cold water for a few minutes radically reduces a paddler's ability to
assist in their own rescue and can disorient a paddler even if they can roll.

Be On Time
  • Time and tide wait for no man. Try to arrive 30 minutes before the put-in time.
  • The put-in time is the time you and your boat should be ready to hit the water.
  • It's also the time the when the trip leader will do a head count, review the trip and assess the group and any concerns.
  • Being early will give you time to meet others in the group and to lend a hand to help others with their boats and gear.
During the Paddle
  • The use of alcohol and drugs on club paddles is prohibited
  • Stay with the group. We paddle together to enjoy each other's company and support each other in case of a mishap.
  • Personal responsibility - each participant is responsible for his/her own safety. Never blindly follow anyone into a situation you are not sure is safe.
  • Know how to rescue yourself and to assist others in a rescue.
  • a change of warm, dry clothes stored in a dry bag
  • In an emergency situation, the person performing the rescue is in charge. Give them space and do as they say.
  • If you are having trouble, inform the trip leader
  • Look out for others in the group. Look for signs of sunburn, fatigue, seasickness or dehydration and help out when you can.
  • If you choose to leave the group, tell the trip leader.
Don't Forget To Thank the Trip Leader
  • They have given their time, organized the trip, fielded phone calls and answered e-mails and tried their best to make it a good time.

* Mirrors can be substituted with an old CD or DVD.

Frank Durante's Tip:
If you are skilled recording a copy of your own CD on your PC, create a text document with your name, address, and medical condition/history on it (i.e. diabetic, asmatic,etc...) and record it to the CD.  Label the CD accordingly with a permanent marker too.  If you are found unconcious and the CD is present to the rescue team, it will be very helpful.