If it is your first trip, the person leading/driving will assist in making sure that you are fully kitted out. However it is always the responsibility of the individual to ensure they have what they need and to return it to wherever it came from, (sometimes members supplement club kit with their own spare kit, please ensure it is returned in the same state).
Always check that the equipment you intend to use is fit for the type of canoeing you’re going to do. If in doubt, then ask the trip or session organiser or another experienced member of the club. Here is a list of some of the things you need to check:
- Are there holes in the boat?
- Is the drain plug correctly fitted?
- Are the paddles about to break?
- Are there airbags fitted and fully inflated to the boat? These are an important safety feature.
If hiring Club equipment - you'll need boat, paddle, spraydeck, buoyancy aid, helmet, cagoule. Please remember to pay the trip organiser the appropriate kit hire monies.
Please ensure that the kit fits you, (i.e. you can fit into the kayak, the Bouyency Aid can be adjusted to fit you, the spraydeck is the correct waist size and cockpit size, the helmet fits and that the paddle is correct feather and left/right hand control as required). If you take ill fitting kit you may not be able to paddle! If in doubt ask a more experienced member.
Please treat all club kit as if it were your own and report any problems to the organiser or to the kit officer, (e.g. broken footrest, missing airgbags, etc).