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Kayaking float plans save lives and resources

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A float plan is a Life Saving Device via a mere piece of paper with numerous facts accurately written for emergencies. Everyone thinks accidents only happen to "the other guy", not themselves. The outcome of an emergency is determined by communication of proper information in a timely manner. Relying only on the memory of someone you spoke with verbally is a big mistake that could cost lives.

Float Plan : a written statement of the details of an intended trip usually filed with a friend that specifically describes the kayaks , the equipment/gear , the names of all participants, and an itinerary of the trip.

A float plan is typically divided into 5 major sections:

1. Kayak/Canoe section
- identify the boat, color, make, model, etc.

2. Safety & Survival section
- what gear/equipment was brought along on the trip

3. People section
- how many people they need to look for, identifying characteristics of each person

4. Itinerary section
- arrival and departure dates/times

5. Emergency guide section
- what to do if someone has not checked-in or returned as planned.

The plan can often be supplemented with

- a map or drawing of the trip area, with the route clearly identified.

- digital photos of the kayaks or canoes

- digital photos of the participants

ONLY give the Float plan to a dependable, reliable, trustworthy person
who will follow-up if you don't check-in or return as planned.

When the trip has ended - shut it all down - close all loose ends - let everyone know it's over.
It is your responsibility to let others know the plan can then be discarded.

Consequences of not closing:
- Failure to close a plan promptly may result in waste of (SAR) search and rescue resources.
- It of paramount importance to close your plan as one of the first things you do when you return home.

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