First Aid, Safety And Ethics Are Vital To Ensure You Always Return Safely From A Multi Day Trip To Vancouver Island

First Aid, Safety & Ethics At Rising Sun

Safety is our number one priority at Rising Sun and we have never had one accident in our years of deep sea kayaking. All our trips are prepared with safety as our top concern. From packing the right first aid equipment, to communication with rescue groups and current and changing weather conditions we are always one step ahead of mother nature.

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"Humans need to know about wild places, to experience them and understand the rhythms they follow. We need to contemplate our place within these wildlands, to discern what it is that draws us there. We need to carry with us an ethic that recognizes the value of wild places, and acknowledges our responsibility to treat them with respect, and apply good judgement as we visit and travel within them. We need to care for wild places as if they were our homes because, in many ways, they are. To do this is good for us, it's good for those who will surely follow, and it's good for the wild places, wherever they may be found."

-LEAVE NO TRACE OUTDOOR ETHICS GUIDE

 

On the water...
Sunset...
Environmentally friendly camping

RISING SUN'S ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS ARE ADOPTED FROM:

THE LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS

Prioritizing wildlife...
We provide all safety gear and instruction before you launch...
Always best to bring your boat up on rocks rather than vegetation

RISING SUN'S RECOMMENDED SAFETY PACKING LIST IS ADOPTED FROM:

FRONTENAC OUTFITTERS

Aboriginal Art
Make sure you have all appropriate safety items packed aboard your boat
Pristine forest

ALL FOOD RATIONS, KAYAK GEAR and SAFETY EQUIPMENT WILL BE PACKED FOR YOU BY RISING SUN.

TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOU SPECIFICALLY NEED TO PACK AND TO SEE SAMPLE PACKING LISTS:

VISIT OUR PREPARATIONS PAGE

Sunset on the water
Take precaution before you launch
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kayaking Ethical Guidelines and Safety Practices...

Rising Sun Kayak Adventures prides itself on maintaining strict safety standards and adhering to environmentally friendly ethical guidelines. Prioritizing safety and has allowed us to explore British Columbia's breathtaking waterways without incident for over a decade. We hope to continue our explorations for years to come which is why environmental ethics are of upmost importance on every trip. We want to sustain B.C.'s beauty for generations to come and by reviewing our ethical practices before your trip, you can help us do this!

Our environmental ethics are adopted from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. The safety principles we adhere to are those outlined by Ontario's Frontenac Outfitter's Paddlesport's Centre.

Protecting our enviroment...

Kayaking is an activity that has little effect on the waterways we paddle but misuse of the land where we break and camp can have a negative effect of the eco-systems general health. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has outlined 7 basic principles for kayakers to follow in order to maintain the environment's beauty and health. At Rising Sun, we have adopted these principles to insure our company contributes to the well-being of the B.C. destinations we explore.

7 "Leave No Trace" Principles

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
    1. Know the regulations and special concerns of the area's you visit
    2. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies
    3. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use
    4. Keep groups small
    5. Minimize waste
    6. Use a map and compass, eliminate use of marking paint/flagging
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    1. Stay on previously established trails and campsites
    2. Look to camp on rock, gravel, dried grass or snow
    3. Camp 200 ft. from lakes and streams
    4. Good camp sites are found, not made. Do not alter a site.
      1. IF IN A POPULAR CAMPING AREA:
        1. Use existing trails and campsites
        2. Walk single file on trails
        3. Keep use where vegetation is absent
      2. IF IN PRISTINE AREA:
        1. Disperse use to prevent creation of campsites/trails
        2. Avoid places where impacts are beginning
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
    1. Pack out what you pack in... including trash!
    2. Deposit human waste into catholes at least 200 ft from water
    3. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products
    4. Use biodegradable soap for dishes/bathing, stay away from fresh water
  4. Leave What You Find
    1. "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
    2. Preserve the past... don't touch cultural or historic artifacts
    3. Leave rocks, plants and other objects as you find them
    4. Avoid introducing non-native species to an area
    5. Do not build structures, furniture or dig trenches
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
    1. Use stoves for cookings and lanterns for light
    2. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings
    3. Keep your fires small, only use sticks from the ground
    4. Burn all wood to ash, put out fires completely, scatter ashes
  6. Respect Wildlife
    1. Observe from a distance, don't approach or follow wildlife
    2. Never feed wildlife
    3. Store food rations and trash securely
    4. Control pets or leave them at home
    5. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times, e.g. mating, nesting
  7. Be Considerate to Other Visitors
    1. Respect other visitors you encounter
    2. Be courteous
    3. Step to downhill side of trails when encountering pack stock
    4. Take breaks and camp away from other visitors
    5. Let nature's noises prevail, avoid loud voices and noises

Assuring a safe kayaking experience...

Safety is our top priority at Rising Sun Kayak Adventures. To insure that our trips are incident-free, we adopt and preach kayak safety guidelines outlined by Frontenac Outfitter's Paddlesport's Centre.

Recommended Packing to Insure Sea Kayaking Safety

  1. Pack the MANDATORY GEAR - as required by Canadian Law
    1. Approved Personal Floatation Device - PFD
    2. Whistle attached to PFD
    3. Kayak Paddle
    4. Bilge Pump, with Float
    5. Throw Bag with 15 m of float line
    6. Flashlight, waterproof with extra batteries!
  2. DAY OUTINGS
    1. Do you have the mandatory gear mentioned above?
    2. Travel Snacks and Personal Accessories
      1. Energy Food Rations(e.g. fruit, chocolate, energy bars)
      2. Drinking water!
      3. Sunglasses
      4. Sunscreen
      5. Insect Repellant
      6. First-Aid Kit
      7. Dry Bag
    3. Clothing
      1. Sun/rain hat
      2. Water shoes or strapped sandals- no flip-flops
      3. Wool socks
      4. Polyester T-shirt
      5. Shorts or pants
      6. Cycling gloves
      7. Water/wind-proof jacket and pants
      8. Change of clothes in a day bag
    4. If paddling in the cold, add these items...
      1. Dry or wet suit
      2. Neoprene boots, gloves or poggies
      3. Balaclava or Polar Fleece cap
      4. Fleece or woolen skirt
    5. DRESS FOR THE WATER TEMPERATURE
  3. COASTAL or BIG WATER EXCURSIONS- pack all of the above, plus...
    1. Kayak must be 15 ft. in length, or more
    2. Compass
    3. Global Positioning Receiver (GPS)
    4. Cell Phone (If in an Urban Area with service)
    5. Talk-a-bout Communicators
    6. VHF or weather radio
    7. Up-to-date Forecast for marine weather
    8. Marine Chart - waterproof
    9. Chart ruler
    10. Tidal Table
    11. Distress Flares
    12. Air Horn - with a new gas cartridge
    13. White Strobe Light
    14. Radar reflectors
    15. Signal mirror
    16. Binoculars
    17. Multi-tool
    18. Duct tape
    19. Mylar Survivor Blanket
  4. OVERNIGHT/MULTI-DAY EXCURSIONS- pack all of the above, plus...
    1. A tent
    2. Ground sheet
    3. Shelter tarp
    4. Sleeping bag
    5. Therm-a-rest pad
    6. Day Backpack
    7. Camp Stove & Appropriate Fuel
    8. Matches(waterproof)
    9. Pots, pans, dish cloth, dish towel & pot scrubber
    10. Plates, cups & utensils
    11. Kitchen kit(salt, pepper, tongs, biodegradeable soap, matches, etc.)
    12. Food rations
    13. Garbage bags
    14. Small shovel
    15. Toiletries & Personal Items
      1. Wallet with ID and keys
      2. Watch with alarm clock
      3. Tooth brush, paste and dental floss
      4. Soap, shampoo(biodegradable)
      5. Hairbrush
      6. Advil & Tylenol
      7. Lip Balm
      8. Toilet Paper(biodegradable)
      9. Towel
    16. Additional Clothing
      1. Pants
      2. T-shirts
      3. Fleece or other synthetic shirt
      4. Sweater
      5. Waterproof pants
      6. Walking shoes
      7. Thermal socks
      8. Synthetic Underwear
    17. Food & Personal Accessories
      1. Food with extra rations
      2. Extra drinking water or purification system
      3. Personal medication
      4. Extra sunglasses or contact lenses
      5. Kayak repair kit
      6. Sewing kit
      7. Line (20 meters x 3 mm)
      8. Extra flashlight batteries
      9. Candles
      10. Waterproof dry bags for all gear
    18. Entertainment
      1. Swimming gear
      2. Facemask & snorkel
      3. Camera with film or flash cards
      4. Reading and writing materials
      5. Cards
      6. Fishing rod, tackle & license
  5. EXCURSION PLANNING
    1. Safety begins with you! If planning a trip without the help of certified kayak guides, Rising Sun or another experienced tour company, then ask yourself these questions to insure you are prepared:
      1. Do we have a designated leader?
      2. Do we have assistant leaders?
      3. Do we all know where our first-aid kit and other essential supplies are located?
      4. What is the weather forecast?
      5. Is the weather likely to change?
      6. What winds or currents need to be taken into account?
      7. What is our potential exposure to the elements?
      8. What vessel traffic should we be aware of?
      9. Is our planned trip reasonable give the skills of our group?
      10. Do we have the essential equipment and accessories?
      11. Have we brought enough water and energy-rich food?
      12. Do we have communication methods?
      13. Do we have warmer clothes packed in case of a weather change?
      14. Have we filed a float plan?
    2. About FLOAT PLANS:
      1. Float plans are an essential safety measure that outline the general details of your trip.
      2. What your float plan should include:
        1. The number of people in your group
        2. Departure and planned destination
        3. Estimated arrival at destination
        4. Kayak route and contingency plan
      3. What do you do with a float plan?
        1. Give a copy to a friend
        2. Give a copy to the harbour master or a store clerk in the town you are launching
        3. Leave a copy in a labeled envelope on your dashboard
    3. PLEASE NOTE THAT FAILING TO ADHERE TO RECOMMENDED SAFETY PROCEDURES CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. DRUG AND/OR ALCOHOL USE CAN ALSO EFFECT YOUR COORDINATION, JUDGEMENT AND IMPAIR YOUR ABILITY TO SAFELY KAYAK.
  6. THE ENVIRONMENT
    1. Sea kayaks are for the most part, completely unobtrusive vessels. Still, there are ways that see kayaks can adversily effect the environment and wildife. Please take note of the following points.
      1. Animals become disturbed if you get too close
      2. Avoid abrupt sounds, movements and changes in direction
      3. Avoid fragile ecosystems and nesting areas
      4. Camp above the high tide line
      5. Use a camp stove rather than the fire
      6. Pack out what you pack in
      7. Bury latrine pits
      8. LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS, TAKE ONLY PICTURES
  7. ETHICAL CONDUCT
    1. The Basic Kayaker's Code of Ethics
      1. Respect Fellow Kayaker's and Boat Traffic
      2. Offer Help to Those in Trouble
      3. Respect Private Property
      4. Move away if you see signs of nervousness or panic in animals
      5. Ensure everyone knows this Code of Ethics!