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  The Houston Canoe Club
Share our Joy of Paddling!

P.O. Box 925516
Houston, Texas

The Houston Canoe Club 

is a Paddlesports Risk Management Club

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Participant Responsibilities

  • Wear your PFD at all times when on the water.
  • Don't attend a trip beyond your ability. The trip coordinator may ask you not to participate if your equipment and skills are not appropriate for the trip. This is for your safety as well as that of others who might have to rescure you. 
  • Call the trip coordinator at least 3 days before the trip. Call if you decide not to go.
  • Make sure you understand all aspects of the trip. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
  • Be on time at the meeting place.
  • Bring all necessary equipment, including a Personal Floation Device (PFD), paddle, water, food, a change of clothing, etc. Be prepared for bad weather. 
  • Follow the instructions and commands of the trip coordinator.
  • Keep the boats ahead of and behind you in sight at all times. If you lose sight, stop, wait, then search.
  • If a boat overturns, all paddlers should stop and wait until swimmers are ready to move on.
  • Use good judgement in deciding whether to run a water feature such as a dam or rapid. Be particularly cautious when approaching a low bridge. If you do not feel confident that you can navigate safely, it is better to walk around an obstacle, no matter what others do.
  • Leave the river and environs cleaner than you found them.