2015 Bangs Falls Whitewater Festival

The Spring Medway River Throw-down is scheduled for Saturday June 6th starting at noon, going until we get tired, hungry or cold. This event if FREE to any and all, the schedule will be as follows:

11:30 – Paperwork/Meet&Greet @ Bangs Falls NS 12:00 – Introduction Instructional courses begin, space is limited 12:30 – 16:30 – River Run 16:30 – World Kayak Throw-down at PerfectWave/FisherHole, water levels depending Frequently Asked Questions:

What type of personal clothing should I bring? The water will be cold, and we’ve even had snow some years so please bring cold water immersion gear, including a wind breaker, as well as an additional dry set of clothes for the end of the day. There is a warm barn within a 2min walk of the river if you get too cold!

What kind of Kayaking equipment do I need? This event will follow all Paddle Canada/CKC safety requirements, as such you will need the following gear: PFD, Paddle, Helmet approved for use in moving water, watertight skirt, whitewater kayak with sufficient reinforcement/buoyancy to prevent pins and entrapment. Instructors and trip leaders will have additional communication, safety and first aid equipment.

Is X suitable for whitewater While the classes will be in Class I/II water for most of the day entrapment and pinning are ever present dangers in Whitewater. The general rule is that you don’t want to have anything that could get caught or stuck on a branch or rock, or anything that would limit your ability to wet exit from your kayak. Rope, Straps, pockets, gear dangling off of your PFD are all potential hazards in a moving water environment. E-mail karl.vollmer@gmail.com if you have questions about a specific piece of gear.

I don’t have X, but I still want to come CKNS and the regional outfitters have banded together to try to help. We have an assortment of gear available (first come) for free, and then after that some outfitters have gear available for rent. E-mail karl.vollmer@gmail.com to inquire about what gear is available.

I don’t have a way to get there Most people will be coming from HRM so there will be ample carpooling oppertunities if you are able to get the Dalplex in Halifax. E-mail karl.vollmer@gmail.com if you need transportation and or post on the Facebook Event.

Is there food/gas nearby? Greenfield (~10min up the road) has a small convenience store and gas station, Marc Richard (Canadian Kayaking Team member) will also be fund-raising for the Canadian Team through the sale of BBQ’d things!

Sponsors (so far!)

Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia (CKNS) Committed 2 the Core Sea kayak coaching East Coast Outfitters KayakNS World Kayak