Make sure you have all the essentials when it comes to your summer trip. If you're like me, you will be spending time somewhere in the Alps this Summer.
Whether you're booked on to a guided trip, being coached, or you're just planning on having a social (involving more beers than paddling), there are still things you don't want to forget.
The rivers are very different to those in the UK, many have a lot higher volume and more continuous rapids, so it's important you catch a boat quickly when rescuing.
You definitely want a Palm Safety Tape or Palm Snake Sling, with a Karabina at the ready.
You can also opt to carry a Rescue Belt to make carrying all this easier. Check your airbags are staying inflated throughout your trip. This keeps the water from filling up your boat, which can make it super heavy and makes a rescue much harder.
Is your Buoyancy Aid up to scratch?
You don't need me telling you the importance of having a well fitted buoyancy aid that is not falling apart, and offers plenty of flotation. And finally my favourite. The shorty cag.
I love my Palm Zenith shorty because of the comfortable glide skin neck and arms, but currently Escape Watersports has a great deal on the Peak UK Combi cag.
So enjoy yourself!
Don't forget to drink plenty of water and wear sun cream!