Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club Safety Pledge -Mandatory to Follow
The Hood River Canoe Club (HROCC) is special because of its world class water, its gorgeous location, and the amazing people who participate as coaches, steers people and club members. Grateful for our unique combination of people and place, HROCC is committed to a culture of safety, inclusivity and support, which helps all paddlers enjoy and safely participate in the sport and community of outrigger canoe.
Preparing to Paddle
- I dress for immersion at all times. This means I wear a neoprene wetsuit and full PFD (i.e., no belt packs or inflatables) when the river temperature is below 50 degrees F.
- I have learned and understand how to recover from a "huli" (when the boat flips) including the responsibility of each seat and crew member.
- I have learned what safety gear is on the canoe and I check before I paddle.
- I ask questions when I don't understand or feel comfortable, and I know there are people at HROCC happy to help me at any time.
On the Boat
- I will alert the steers person of any physical limitations that may affect my paddling or Huli recovery before I enter the canoe, e.g. I'm injured , I'm unsure I can get back in and may need assistance, or I don't know how to swim.
- I will follow all commands of the steers person promptly and quietly.
- I know how to re-enter the canoe and am prepared to do so, whether on my own, or with partner assist, or with a Huli strap. If I can't swim 25 yards, I wear a full PFD.
Off the Boat
- If I feel unsafe or unsure about something, I will raise my concern with a steers person, coach, or Board Member.
- Ideas to improve water safety and skill building are always welcome and encouraged.
Because we are committed to safety and teamwork, we do amazing things in a beautiful environment, and remember the Five P's: proper prior planning prevents problems !
Mahalo and Aloha
All Members are encouraged to participate in an actual Huli Practice Drill sometime during the season. These Practices will be announced.
A quick flip of the canoe to an upright position is the most practical method of righting a capsized canoe. The faster it is righted the less water will be in the boat……..that simple.
When canoe flips try to roll out of boat cleanly and, if necessary, swim under or around canoe to ama side. Hold ama down from ama side as #4 climbs over upside down hull. Once someone starts bailing steady canoe by having one or two crew hold down ama while still in the water.
The success or failure of righting a canoe is primarily determined by how quickly you can right a flipped boat. The faster the better as it will come back over with less water if you can do it quickly. If the first attempt ends up with the boat having too much water (above the seats) flip it back and try again. A goal would be to practice enough that you can right a canoe in 15 seconds, with the canoe substantially bailed (perhaps 2 paddlers finishing the bailing while others are paddling) and all paddlers back in and paddling within 30 seconds.
We hold an annual pool Huli drill which gives you the time to practice but it is always good to check out videos as well. There are quite a few videos on YouTube that highlight different methods of Huli recovery. Below is one that we refer to and to get you started. Click on the photo to start the video.