Float Plan : a written statement of the details of an intended trip usually filed with a friend that specifically describes the kayaks , the equipment/gear , the names of all participants, and an itinerary of the trip.
A float plan is typically divided into 5 major sections:1. Kayak/Canoe section
- identify the boat, color, make, model, etc.
2. Safety & Survival section
- what gear/equipment was brought along on the trip
3. People section
- how many people they need to look for, identifying characteristics of each person
4. Itinerary section
- arrival and departure dates/times
5. Emergency guide section
- what to do if someone has not checked-in or returned as planned.
The plan can often be supplemented with
- a map or drawing of the trip area, with the route clearly identified.
- digital photos of the kayaks or canoes
- digital photos of the participants
ONLY give the Float plan to a dependable, reliable, trustworthy person
who will follow-up if you don't check-in or return as planned.
When the trip has ended - shut it all down - close all loose ends - let everyone know it's over.
It is your responsibility to let others know the plan can then be discarded.
Consequences of not closing:
- Failure to close a plan promptly may result in waste of (SAR) search and rescue resources.
- It of paramount importance to close your plan as one of the first things you do when you return home.
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