Safety Weekend 2021
SAFETY WEEKEND 2021
SAVE-THE-DATE FOR 2021: JULY 16-18.
Fishermen's Bend Recreation Site near Mill City
event site info
Welcome to Safety Weekend!!
Registration will open in spring 2021.
To Register for Safety Weekend:
1. Read the FAQs below.
2. Join the WKCC if you haven't already from the Join the WKCC button in the upper left
3. Then log into the website from the Login link in the upper left
4. Click the Register Now button on the Safety Weekend event
To Volunteer to Help:
1. Read the FAQs below
2. Join the WKCC if you haven't already from the Join the WKCC button in the site menu. Skip payment -- we'll waive your dues.
3. Log into the site
4. Complete the Volunteer Signup Form
Past Safety Weekend Photos
Safety Weekend 2020 Poster
For more past Safety Weekend photos go to our Facebook page Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club.
SAFETY WEEKEND FAQ's
Safety Weekend is an annual, two-day, non-certification workshop put on by the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (WKCC.) The workshop offers land and water-based training and info sessions on basic river safety topics including: whitewater safety gear/equipment, throw bag skills, knots, swiftwater crossing, swiftwater swimming, mechanical advantage, and avoiding river obstacles. Safety Weekend is a great chance to learn and/or refresh your whitewater safety skills in a welcoming and fun environment, and a great chance to meet fellow river enthusiasts. Detailed Course Descriptions
Who can take this course?
The course is open to WKCC members. If you're not a member, please join by clicking on "Join WKCC" before registering for Safety Weekend.We welcome kayakers, rafters, canoeists, and swimmers ages 12 and up.* Anyone who plans on spending any time on or near our beautiful rivers can benefit from this course. All skill levels are welcome, beginners and experienced boaters alike!No previous experience necessary. *We do require that a PARTICIPATING parent or legal guardian accompany any minor under 18 years of age.
Am I fit enough to take this course?
The course involves activities requiring a moderate level of stamina and agility, such as the ability to throw, walk on slippery rocks, and swim actively You will be simulating rescue activities, such as encounters with wood in the river. Check out the photos for examples of exercises covered in the classes.
How do I register for Safety Weekend and what is the cost?
Register online here for Safety Weekend. The registration fee is $110 if you register by June 20, and $125 thereafter. We can accept up to 40 participants (but only 20 in COVID 2020), and registration will close when all of our spots are filled. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list after registration closes. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE A WKCC MEMBER TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. CLUB MEMBERSHIP COSTS AN ADDITIONAL $12 ANNUALLY. CLICK THE "JOIN the WKCC" TAB AT LEFT TO BECOME A WKCC MEMBER.
What does the Registration Fee cover?
The registration fee covers the event costs including: the site reservation and permit, Friday and Saturday nights camping and parking, four square meals and plenty of snacks for all participants, bathroom/shower facilities, and instructional equipment, supplies. The WKCC is a non-profit entity. Safety Weekend is run at cost, we do not make money from the fee.
What time does Safety Weekend start and finish?
What is the Cancellation Policy?
In light of the coronavirus, we are waiving our cancellation fee this year. We urge you to not hesitate to cancel if you feel at all ill—you will be issued a full refund. That being said, we cap registrations at 40 (but only 20 in COVID 2020), so please don’t sign up unless you’re reasonably sure you will be attending. Registration is open until all spots are filled.
Check-in for the two-day workshop opens at 8:00 AM on Saturday, July 25. The instructional programming runs from 9 AM to 4 PM both Saturday and Sunday.
When will the campsites be available?
Fishermen's Bend group campsite Fir 04 will be available 3 pm on Friday. Checkout is late afternoon on Sunday.
What do I need to bring for Safety Weekend?
ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS...
- A tent/sleeping bag/sleeping pad setup
- Appropriate casual clothing and footwear for both warm and cold weather, and rain if needed
- Personal effects (there are small markets nearby)
- Water Bottle
- Any special snacks you would like to have
- A reusable plate, cup, utensils WE AIM FOR A ZERO-WASTE EVENT! DISHWASHING STATION PROVIDED.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE MANDATORY FOR THE WATER-BASED ACTIVITIES...
- Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and HELMETS
- A Dry Suit OR a Farmer John style wetsuit (3mm or thicker) and a splash jacket
- Synthetic under-layers (e.g. polypropylene, polyester pile or fleece, Capilene wool, neoprene)
- Sturdy Neoprene booties or paddle shoes and warm wool or neoprene socks.
COTTON CLOTHING IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR WATER-BASED ACTIVITIES!
PLAN FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDED IMMERSION!
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL FOR THE EVENT...
- Personal throw bags, carabiners, pin kits, and paddles are encouraged - please label your gear!
- Bring your boat if you choose. There may be an opportunity to paddle on Sat or Sun afternoon!
What if I don't have my own gear?
There are several rental outfits in the Corvallis, Eugene, and Portland areas. You can also reach out to your fellow club members to borrow gear.
Play it Again Sports
Oregon State University, Outdoor Recreation Center
Outdoor Program, University of Oregon
Oregon Paddle Sports
Lunch and Dinner as well as snacks will be provided on Saturday. Breakfast and Lunch as well as snacks will be provided on Sunday. Meals are catered by a small group of volunteers and include fresh fruit and vegetables. With advanced notice, we can accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan dietary preferences. Please indicate any food restrictions upon registration.
Will there be room for RV's or any hook-ups?
Our group campsite has room for a couple of RVs in the parking lot but there are no hook-ups. Please check with the organizers at email@example.com
What about beer or alcohol?
A beer, cocktail or glass of wine after a fun day on the river is permissible! But only AFTER you are COMPLETELY finished on the river. Club policy is for bring-your-own alcoholic beverages, with each adult responsible for its consumption, and responsible adults ONLY. Safety Weekend is a great venue for networking and socializing with fellow boaters. We urge you to take advantage of this, but do keep in mind that quiet hours begin at 10 PM.
What about non-participating attendees?
Please check with the Safety Weekend organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Non-participating attendees with participating family members may observe. Please consider volunteering in the kitchen.
Are pets allowed at this event?
As much as we all love our non-human friends, there is very little time between events to properly look after them, so we request that pets stay home.
How do I volunteer for the event?
Please sign up to volunteer here