SAFETY WEEKEND FAQs
Safety Weekend is an annual, two-day, non-certification workshop put on by the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (WKCC.) It is entirely run by volunteers. 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 river safety skills in a welcoming and fun environment, and a great chance to meet fellow river enthusiasts. Detailed Course Descriptions
Location: greater Eugene area and nearby rivers. Details sent to registrants.
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, and canoeists. 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 participant 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 on land and in the river. Check out the photos for examples of exercises covered in the classes.
What are our Covid protocols?
We will follow state and local Covid-19 guidelines for outdoor recreation. If you choose to attend, you are required to follow public health precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
How do I register for Safety Weekend and what is the cost?
To register follow the 4-step instructions at the top this page. The registration fee is $150. We can accept up to 30 participants. Registration will close when all of our spots are filled.
What does the Registration Fee cover?
The registration fee covers the event costs including: instruction, instructional equipment, plenty of snacks, two lunches, Saturday dinner, camping Friday and Saturday nights out-of-towners. The WKCC is a not-for-profit entity. Safety Weekend is run below cost, we do not make money from the fee.
What time does Safety Weekend start and finish?
What is the Cancellation Policy?
For cancellations after June 21st a fee of $20 applies.
Donate to Safety Weekend. Why? Safety Weekend depends entirely on volunteers, as it is a non-profit endeavor. And yet, our expenses exceed what we bring in from the event. We hold Safety Weekend as a service to the boating community, so please consider making a donation.
Check-in for the two-day workshop opens at 8:00 AM on Saturday, July 30. The instructional programming runs from 9 AM to 6 PM both Saturday and Sunday.
When will the campsites be available?
Camping will be available Friday afternoon July 22nd. You must have your camp packed up by 10:00 on Sunday morning. Camping will be at a Lane County park. Parking will be limited. Please carpool if possible and bring a Lane County park pass if you have one.
Will there be room for RV's or any hook-ups?
Parking is very limited. If you are bringing an RV or need hook-ups, please consider reserving your own site at Armitage Park or nearby campground..
What do I need to bring for Safety Weekend?
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE MANDATORY FOR THE WATER-BASED ACTIVITIES…
- Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and HELMET
- A dry suit or a farmer john style wetsuit (3mm or thicker) and a splash jacket
- Synthetic under-layers (i.e. polypropylene, polyester pile or fleece, wool or neoprene)
- Paddle shoes, neoprene booties with thick soles or well fitting sneakers and warm wool or neoprene socks.
- NO COTTON—cotton clothing is not appropriate for water-based activities.
- Plan for the possibility of extended time in the water!!
ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS…
- Mug for coffee, dinner ware and utensils
- Casual clothing and footwear for both warm and cold weather, rain is always a possibility
- Water Bottle
- Any special snack you’d like to have
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL…
- Personal throw bags, carabiners, pin kits and paddles are encouraged, please label your gear!!
- Bring your own boat if you can. We’ll be paddling down to the site both afternoons.
BRING THESE ITEMS IF CAMPING….
- Tent, sleeping bag, camp chair, and pad
- Personal effects (there are markets nearby)
- Coffee is provided, but breakfast is not. Bring your own personal camp stove or eat at a nearby restaurant.
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 us at email@example.com
Oregon Paddle Sports
Play it Again Sports
Eugene Gear Traders
Oregon State University, Outdoor Recreation Center
Outdoor Program, University of Oregon
Two lunches, snacks, Saturday dinner, and coffee will be provided. Unlike in the past, breakfast is not provided. We can accommodate carnivore, vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan dietary preferences. Please indicate any food restrictions on registration form.
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 or better yet, volunteer. No children please.
Are pets allowed at this event?
No. As much as we all love our non-human friends, there is very little time between events to properly look after them, please leave at home.
How do I volunteer for the event?
Please follow the 4-step instructions at the top this page.