Recently, I became aware of a program through the Government of Canada - National Search and Rescue Secretariat.
The AdventureSmart program has been designed for Canadians and visitors to Canada, to get informed and go outdoors. The primary goal is that through education, the number of search and rescue incidents is reduced. The program addresses safety for land-based, water-based and winter activities.
Emphasis is on the three T's:
- Trip Planning - make informed decisions
- Training - reduce the risks
- Taking the Essentials - change your behaviour
For a free download of a trip plan go HERE. All paddlers know that filing a "float plan" is part of responsible paddling.
These are great reminders, even for those of us that are more experienced in the outdoors. We do not want to become too complacent with our skill set and forget the basics.
For more information check out the following links
National Search and Rescue Secretariat www.nss-snrs.gc.ca
Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) www.sarvac.ca
Paddle Canada www.paddlingcanada.com
Canadian Avalanche Association www.avalanche.ca
The Weather Office weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/canada_e.html
Canadian Red Cross www.redcross.ca
National Trails Coalition www.ntc-canada.ca