Here at the River Reporter, we’ve known for decades: The National Park Service (NPS) knows what its talking about. Before you get on the river, take a minute to read these tips from NPS to …
Here at the River Reporter, we’ve known for decades: The National Park Service (NPS) knows what its talking about. Before you get on the river, take a minute to read these tips from NPS to ensure a safe, unforgettable adventure for you and your friends or family (www.nps.gov).
It’s smart to wear a life jacket while boating, tubing, fishing, wading, or swimming: Always wear it when you’re on or in the water. By law, all children 12 and under must wear a life jacket while on the river in any vessel, including inner tubes. Every person in a boat or using an inner tube must have a life jacket within reach, not tied to the vessel. Each person’s life jacket must be the proper size and in good condition.
The Upper Delaware River, at its average water level, has only a few Class I or II rapids. However, moving water can be deceptive and potentially treacherous, even for non-paddlers. More drownings on the Delaware River have been swimming-related than boating-related; most drownings occur when boaters stop and swim. In all cases, the victims were not wearing a properly fitted life jacket.
Do not overestimate your swimming ability. Do not attempt to swim or wade across the river. The Delaware River has strong currents and steep drop-offs. Swimming becomes more difficult with increased current and water depth. Even the strongest of swimmers should be extremely cautious.
Call the Upper Delaware River Hotline at 845/252-7100. This recorded message is available 24 hours a day and is updated daily during the boating season. It provides the river height, air and water temperatures, boating conditions and general river safety information. Be aware of upstream releases and sudden changes in water depth and speed.
Arrange drop-off and pick-up points before you leave. Leave emergency phone numbers, vehicle descriptions and tag numbers with someone who can report that you are overdue.
Reprinted from Hello Summer, 2021.
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