The Bayou Haystackers Paddling Club, hereinafter referred
to as “BHPC”, is no longer an American Canoe Association (ACA) Paddle
America Club. However BHPC Outings still follow similar guidelines to those of the ACA.
Outings will be understood as any activity or event, which is sponsored
by the BHPC. Other activities or events, which may appear in the official
BHPC publications source, and are not sponsored by BHPC, will not be an
Outing of the BHPC.
Clinics, Socials, and Paddling Outings:
purpose of the event will be set by the BHPC who will determine the regulations
and guidelines for the event. Anyone not following or disregarding the
BHPC regulations and guidelines for the event, will be politely
asked to leave the event.
Trip Participants Responsibilities
- Do not attend any
trip beyond your ability.
- Contact the Trip
Coordinator at least three (3) days before the trip. If you are scheduled
to attend a trip but decide not to go or cannot make
the trip for any reason please contact the Trip Coordinator and let him/her know.
- Find out all information
about the trip.
- Be on time at
the meeting place.
- You are responsible
for your own equipment, food, transportation, (wearing a personal flotation
device is mandatory). Weather conditions should be considered. Be prepared
for all types of weather. If it appears that you cannot comply with
this requirement you will be politely asked to leave the Outing.
- Anyone that does
not fully understand the BHPC Outings Procedure,
and openly disregards these regulations will not be allowed to participate
in the Outing.
- Follow directions
of the Trip Coordinator.
- Keep the boat
(or shuttle car) in front of and behind you in sight at all times. If
you lose sight, stop, wait, then search.
- Leave the river
and environs cleaner than you found them.
- Fully complete
the applicable waiver form.
Trip Coordinator’s Responsibilities
- Be familiar with
the river and surrounding area, put-ins, take-outs, and safe water
levels. Obtain maps when needed.
- Determine the
meeting place and time and camping arrangements.
- Have a list of
names, phone numbers and email addresses of trip participants, so they can be contacted
- Select and/or
offer an alternate trip if necessary.
- Limit the number
of participants if necessary; divide into smaller groups when needed.
- The Trip Coordinator
can set Outings regulations such as: number of boats/people/tents; no
smoking; no animals; and any other requirement that will insure the
safety, intent, and tranquility of the Outing.
- Try to screen
participants and, when necessary, politely refuse to take any paddler
who you feel is not qualified. Suggest another more suitable trip.
- Check all boaters
for proper equipment.
- The Trip Coordinator
is responsible for the safety of the entire group. If he/she feels that
the Outing will be too difficult for any person, the Trip Coordinator
has the right to refuse that person to participate in the Outing.
- Lead, or assign
the lead, to a boater who knows the river; assign a skilled sweep boat
to bring up the rear.
- Acquaint the group
with plans and organization of the trip, including the lunch stop and
- Anyone not following
the guidelines of the Outing and/or the Trip Coordinator, will be politely
asked to leave the Outing.
- Respect the rights
of property owners and thank them for river access and camping privileges.
- Fill out and submit
your Trip Coordinator packet.
Anyone desiring to participate in any Outing with the BHPC does hereby
declare that they fully understand and accept the following facts about
Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting, on any body of water exposes the participants
to various safety hazards. I alone am responsible foe my safety when I
choose to participate in this, or any activity with the BHPC. I understand
reasonable efforts will be taken to ensure the safety of all participants.
I will not do anything to jeopardize my safety or the safety of the other
participants, and will follow any instruction given me. I will assist
my fellow paddlers to the best of my own personal skill and ability if
they appear to need my assistance, but only so long as I can do so, in
my opinion, without significant danger to myself. I further understand
that I have no legal duty to assist others, nor does anyone else have
a legal duty to render such assistance to me.
By participating in any BHPC activity I certify that I am in good physical
condition, that I have no physical or other condition, or injury that
would prevent me from participating in this activity. I fully understand
and agree that, when I participate in paddle sports, there is always that
possibility of unknown, uncontrollable danger and accidental or other
physical injury, and I willingly assume and accept that risk.