Whitewater Trip Leader Information

Attention trip leaders!!

AMC policy requires that all trip leaders MUST use the liability release agreement (LRA) form below. Any trip run without use of this form is not an official AMC event and you will not have the backing of the club in case of any mishaps on the trip. Also, remember that your AMC membership MUST be paid-up and current on the day of the trip.

 

Please download the forms below before your trip, mail completed forms to:

Dave Shoup
14 Bridge St.
Colchester, CT 06415
 

Liability Release Agreement (LRA)

The Liability Release Agreement (aka Waiver Form) is here.

Trip Report Form

Right click this link and select "Save as..." to DOWNLOAD TRIP REPORT FORM

 

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Trip Leader's Paperwork

Trip Fees: There are no longer any trip fees.

Trip Report:

  1. If the trip was cancelled, write "CANCELLED", and why, on the report.

  2. Use full names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail, if available (we need this for the roster!) Paddler's address & phone number is needed only for new paddlers, or for those with changes.

  3. Help us to rate paddlers who are either new, unrated, or paddling above their current rating:

    1. Did they paddle today successfully?

    2. Why or why not?

    3. What was good or bad?

    4. Note: a new rating will not exceed the class of the river being paddled.

  4. Do not include expenses for river access, camping, or meals on the trip report - calculation and collection of these expenses are between the leader and each paddler.

  5. Identify accidents and lost/damaged club equipment (describe on back, as necessary).

  6. Within one week send trip report to:

    Dave Shoup
    14 Bridge St.
    Colchester, CT 06415

     

Trip Leader's Responsibilities - Before the Trip

Although each paddler is responsible for his/her own safety, the trip leader is responsible for running a safe trip. To ensure this, the Committee authorizes you, the trip leader, to do as follows:

  1. You should not accept paddlers who are not up to the challenge. Your decision is final, but use these guidelines.

    1. A: Rated paddlers may paddle up to one level above rating (Note: we accept the rating from any AMC chapter)

    2. B: new or unrated paddlers should be questioned on experience and use of proper equipment when questioning, be friendly... do not interrogate... we want them to come back!

    3. C: If they are not qualified, please suggest upcoming training classes or other trips where they can gain experience.

  2. 2. You may designate other(s), who are capable & willing, to be the on-river leader(s).

  3. 3. You may abort a trip, change its location, or limit the number of paddlers (as conditions warrant).

  4. You must try to find a replacement leader if you become unable to lead your scheduled trip: If you can not find a new leader call Mark Schappert.

  5. 4. You should encourage interested paddlers to become a co-leader and learn the ropes... we need more leaders. If considering a change in location, you can get some recorded river readings and info from the CT USGS Current River Levels page.

Leaders' Responsibilities - At the River

Trip Leader

 Leaders who are AMC members have AMC liability insurance protection for listed trips (but no insurance can ever make up for a serious accident or injury).
The trip leader can designate another (capable and willing) paddler as the river leader.
 

River Leader - at the Put-in

  1. Respect the rights of property owners and local residents - park legally and considerately.

  2. Assign a lead boat and a sweep boat, and explain their responsibilities to the group.

  3. If too many boats (more than 6), split into smaller groups (of at least 3 boats), each with a lead & sweep.

  4. Discuss procedures for keeping group together, scouting, and setting throw lines at heavy drops.

  5. Inform group of locations of first aid kit (in or near sweep boat(s)) and throw ropes (in lead boat(s)).

  6. Inform group before put-in of any known problems (heavy rapids, dams, obstructions).

  7. Inform inexperienced paddlers of safety procedures after capsizing (keep upstream of boat, feet up, etc).

River Leader - on the River

  1. Be the lead boat (in the first group).

  2. Be alert to changing conditions of river, weather and paddlers (fatigue, hypothermia); alter plans as needed.

  3. Maintain suitable distance between groups. Split or combine groups. Break up groups of weak paddlers.

  4. Take the lead in organizing rescue, or delegate it to an experienced person.

Lead Boat (of each group)

  1. Control the pace; make sure the group moves along at a reasonable rate.

  2. When scouting, make sure all boats eddy out far enough in advance of major drops.

  3. Wait at the bottom of heavy drops for all boaters in group to negotiate the drop, before continuing.

Sweep Boat (of each group)

  1. Never let any boat in the group get behind you (except at major drops where safety strategies may change).

  2. Make sure slower, weaker boats keep pace with the group; if necessary, send them to the front of the group.

Hospitals

Connecticut

Vermont

New Hampshire

River

Hospital

River

Hospital

River

Hospital

Bantam

Torrington

Black

Windsor

Ammonoosuc

Littleton

Farmington-Riverton

Winsted

Upper Green

Brattleboro

Androscoggin

Berlin

Farmington-C'ville

Farmington (UConn)

Saxtons

Bellows Falls

Ashuelot

Keene

Farmington-T'ville

Hartford

Wardsboro

Brattleboro

Bearcamp

North Conway

Natchaug

Willimantic

West

Brattleboro

Blackwater

Concord

Salmon

Middletown

White

Windsor

Cold

Bellows Falls, VT

Sandy Brook

Winsted

Winhall

Brattleboro

Contoocook

Concord

Shepaug / Bantam

Torrington or New Milford

 

 

Gale

Littleton

Massachusetts

 

Maine

 

Mad

Plymouth

River

Hospital

River

Hospital

Otter Brook

Keene

Chickley / Cold

Greenfield

Dead

Skowhegan

Pemigawasset

Littleton

Deerfield

Greenfield

Rapid

Berlin, NH

Saco

North Conway

Upper Farmington

Winsted, CT

New York

 

Smith

Franklin

Green

Greenfield

River

Hospital

Souhegan

Nashua

Millers

Greenfield or Athol

Esopus

Kingston

Sugar

Caremond

North

Greenfield

Hudson

Ticonderoga

Swift

North Conway

Quaboag

Palmer

Sacandaga

Gloversville

 

 

Westfield

Westfield or Northampton

Ten Mile

New Milford, CT

 

 

Accident Report (adapted from AMC White Mt Guide)

Immediate Actions

1. Calm everyone - yourself first (you don't want to rush and make mistakes).

Make the victim as comfortable as possible, without risking further injuries.

2. Describe the accident:

Date & Time:

Location:

Cause (falling, sickness, etc):

Injuries & severity:

3. Get the victim's vital signs:

Times

 

 

 

 

 

Pulse

 

 

 

 

 

Respiration

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils

 

 

 

 

 

Complexion

 

 

 

 

 

4. Describe what first-aid was given, and at what time:

5. List the victim's medical information:

Current medications:

Pre-existing medical conditions (Medic Alert tag?):

6. Determine whether to evacuate now or go for assistance:

Must the victim be carried out (littered)? _____
Are there enough people to do a litter safely? _____

If necessary, can victim safely spend the night? _____

If Going for Assistance

7. Get the following information:

Person

Victim

Group Leader

Person to Contact

Name

 

 

 

Phone

 

 

 

Address

 

 

 

Sex

 

 

 

Age

 

 

 

Weight

 

 

 

8. List the equipment the rescue party will need to bring (food, clothing, medicine, splints, etc):

9. Determine the action plans for the party which will stay with the victim while waiting for rescue:

10. Update victim's vital signs one more time before sending party to get help.

11. Walk briskly (do not run) to nearest home, business, or phone booth.
    Dial 911 and report all information calmly to rescue authorities.
    Report the phone number from which you called and await instructions.