The canoeing and tubing outing is scheduled for Saturday July 16 and Sunday
July 17, 2008. We will be meeting at the Stone Chapel of the Church of the
Incarnation at 7:30 a.m. to leave at 8:00 a.m.
- Please bring a bag lunch and plent to drink so we can stop along the river
- We will arrive at James River Runners for a check in at 9:15 and will be
transported up river at 10:00 for canoeing.
- One of the scouts is planning the Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast and
- We expect that we may be arriving back at Incarnation at 3:00 p.m. on
Sunday although this is hard to predict.
- Shoes are MANDATORY for the canoeing, tubing and campsite. Lifevests are
also MANDATORY for the canoeing and tubing.
- Thunderstorms will cancel the trip and we will reschedule to a different
date if need be
- Scouts should plan to bring the following:
Water shoes and a pair of dry shoes
(soap, toothbrush and toothpaste)
More information about the Canoeing, Camping and Tubing site can be found at:
James River Runners
Safety Tips for Canoeing
wear a lifejacket; attach a whistle to the lifejacket
the weather and dress for it (and prepare for unexpected weather); include
canoeing when whitecaps are visible
your skill level
your planned route and familiarize yourself with the area
in a group
the canoe trimmed (i.e. level in the water) by distributing weight evenly.
Do not overload canoe (you should have at lest 6 inches of freeboard, i.e.
at least 6 inches canoe should be above the water all along the canoe).
Generally, heavy people should sit in the stern of the canoe
get into the canoe (same for getting out):
someone hold the canoe steady
Low – keep your knees bent
the sides of the canoe for balance as you walk to your seat
walk along the center of the canoe
low when you are away from shore – do not stand up or walk in your canoe
sudden or jerky movements – Never “rock” the canoe
paddling, paddle on opposite sides of the canoe. Two people leaning to the
same side in a canoe can tip it.
your companions know when you are going to change sides that you paddle on;
avoid moving a paddle close to a companion (it’s easy than you think for
someone to get hit by a paddle in motion).
sit on the seats or in the center of the canoe – sitting on the side of a
canoe will cause it to tip over
aware of the currents in the water – they might take you somewhere you
don’t want to go
away from low hanging trees and branches near the shore
for underwater hazards – rocks and trees
not canoe in bad weather
letting big waves hit the site of your canoe – keep your canoe at a right
angle to the waves otherwise the canoe might push your canoe over
your canoe tips over:
with your canoe
or push your canoe to shore
safe way to approach shore is with the canoe turned to point upstream and
pull against the shore parallel or run aground at a slight angle