The Latest information for the Ladner Paddling Club
Our second “Full Moon Marsh Madness Paddle” took place this past summer. 17 paddlers and 32 glow-stiks (Confused? There was one canoe.) ventured forth as dusk approached to participate in this primal ceremony. All chattering and laughter suddenly stopped as the glowing orange orb rose over the marsh. It was absolutely lovely, almost magical. (Can’t tell you everything — at K.A.T. we say “What happens in the marsh, stays in the marsh.) Suffice to say everyone had a ball and is keen to repeat this experience.
Paddlers must be 19 years or older.
Special LPC rate
The LPC Paddling Protocol has been amended. This memorandum serves to expand 4(d) as follows:
– Start Times are deemed to be “on the water” times.
– LPC members should arrive on the float (a minimum of) 15 minutes prior to the posted “Start Time”.
It is essential for safety that all paddlers communicate with each other before leaving the float regarding paddle outing itinerary, tide/current implications, weather, etc.
Pre-trip briefings are critical to ensure that all participants are “in the loop”. No one should paddle away from the float without knowing the planned route, the expected length of the paddle and who will be in the paddling group. Pre-trip briefings should include the expected degree of difficulty (Easy – Moderate – Strong).
It will take time for newer members to become familiar with likely paddling routes and what the degree of difficulty means in terms of their own ability. K.A.T. will endeavour to provide a rating when LPC Paddles are posted however this is not as effective, and should not take the place, of a pre-trip discussion on the dock.
If a paddler anticipates departing from the group during the paddle for any reason they must inform the others ahead of time. This will prevent confusion and uncertainty, particularly amongst the newer members, and eliminate unnecessary worry or time spent searching for a “missing” paddler.
K.A.T. strongly recommends that where there are 3 or more participants in a LPC paddle, one participant should be recognized as the “communication link” while on the water. Any changes of plans must be directly (face to face) communicated to this individual. Again, this will eliminate time spent searching for a paddler who has left the group without notice.
The primary purpose of the Ladner Paddling Club is to provide a network of paddling enthusiasts with whom to share this exciting activity. As members gain experience they will learn which paddles will be compatible with their abilities and priorities. Clear, consistent communication on the float and on the water will greatly enhance this process and will contribute to safe and enjoyable paddles.