P
Planning

Create a trip plan and discuss it with everyone ahead of time. Share details with an emergency contact who is not on the trip. 

1
A
Ability

Choose a trip within the team’s ability and adapt as needed. If in doubt, scout, set safety and portage rapids. 

2
C
Communication

Review hand and whistle signals before getting out on the water. Carry satellite communications...but don’t mistake them for a rescue plan. 

3
K
Key Equipment

Research and bring equipment appropriate for each trip. Practice with your setup before leaving home. 

4
R
Regional Conditions and Hazards

Check the latest conditions and forecasts. Get advice from someone familiar with the region. Consider hiring a guide.

5
A
Alcohol and Drugs

Don’t mix with paddling.

6
F
Follow Leave No Trace Principles

Research and follow local regulations and Leave No Trace best practices.

7
T
Training

Seek out courses and mentorship to improve packrafting skills. They might just save your life.

8
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