Planning Trips With Children

By Jamie Orfald-Clarke, Boreal River Rescue instructor

Many parents who enjoy spending time canoeing want to share that enthusiasm with their children. While having children along on a trip can add new challenges, and potential risks, you can plan a trip that is safe and fun, whatever your experience level and the age of your kids.

wilderness canoe trips with kids and paddling whitewater with children

When talking about risk assessment on wilderness canoe trips, I often use driving as an analogy. Most parents who drive a car don’t consider it an irresponsible risk to drive with their child in a car seat. This is because the driving they are doing is well within their comfort zone. A parent who is as comfortable in class 2 whitewater as they are driving on the highway is not exposing their children to any more risk on the river than in the car.

There are times to venture outside of your comfort zone; that is how we learn. A trip with young children is not that time. For some parents, this may mean starting with car camping and flatwater day trips. For others, it may mean a weekend. And for some, it may mean a week-long trip with class 1 and 2 whitewater.

Continue reading on the Boreal River Rescue Site…

Basic Safety !

A cute video by the American Canoe Association on basic safety for boating.  We think they should add – “if you paddle whitewater, take a whitewater rescue course with Boreal River Rescue!”

Fidel takes “The Planet D” bloggers kayaking

Paddle Patagonia guide and instructor Fidel Moreno had the pleasure of instructing a couple of travel bloggers at our favourite kayaking school the Madawaska Kanu Centre in Canada the summer of 2014.  Check out their experience in this video here!

The Art of drinking “mate”

The preparation and consumption of mate (pronounced mah-tay) is the most common cultural practice you’ll see in Argentina. Mate on the RiverYerba mate is a dried chopped leaf, a relative of the common holly plant that is prepared like tea and shared amongst friends, family and co-workers. There is an informal etiquette for drinking mate. The cebador (the server) fills the mate gourd almost to the top with yerba, heating but not boiling the water in a pava (kettle) and pouring into the vessel. Drinkers sip the liquid through a bombilla (a silver straw with a filter) until the gourd is empty before passing it back to the cebador who will then serve the next person.

An invitation to share a mate is a great social and cultural experience in Argentina. However, the drink is an acquired taste for some who may find the water hot and the tea bitter!

The Paddle Patagonia Blog

Whitewater Rescue-4Keep an eye on the Paddle Patagonia blog.  Our goal is to keep it updated with interesting information and news about South America as well as Paddle Patagonia trip reports, rescue articles and more!  We’d also love to hear from you – if you have something to share – send it our way and we’ll post it on the PP Blog.
Cheers! Katie, Julian & the PP Team.