Troop On-line Activity #17 - Paddle Signals
1st Kanata Scout Group - Beaverbrook Troop
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Joke
“If you step on a purple mushroom, you’ll be forced to marry the ugliest person in the world,” warned the old gnome, so the man continued carefully through the woods. He didn’t step on any purple mushrooms.
Suddenly a beautiful woman walked up and said: “We have to marry.”
“Why?” asked the man, smiling.
“I just stepped on one of those pesky purple mushrooms!” she replied.
Saying (to think about)
There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.
Communication is a very important part of staying safe when paddling as a group on a river or lake. Paddlers should always discuss how they plan to communicate and agree upon a common set of signals before going out on the water.
While there is no single set of paddle signals agreed upon throughout the world below are examples of four signals that are commonly used. Giving a single blast on the whistle can be used to tell people you are making a signal (just remember a river can be very loud). Signals should be passed on.
1) All Clear or Go which means it is OK for the next paddler to go forward into the rapids or stretch of river (the previous paddler is safely through). It can also mean Raft Up when used on a lake or other open water.
2) Stop which means stop moving. On a river, in a current or in the wind on a lake you may still need to paddle to hold your position.
3) Help or Problem which means I need help or I have a problem. If you need help it should be accompanied by three blasts on a whistle (universal distress signal).
4) The "Are you OK / I am OK" signal is used as both a question and a response. For example, if you wanted to know if the two Scouts who capsized a canoe were OK, you could do the "Are you OK" signal. If they respond by doing the "I am OK" signal while in the water, they are letting you know that they are OK. Not responding to the "Are you OK" signal with the "I am OK" signal is assumed to mean you cannot respond and you need help.
Paddle Signals Quiz
1) What does the signal this paddler is making mean? Check the box next to the correct answer.
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2) What does the signal this paddler is making mean? Check the box next to the correct answer.
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3) The paddler is waving the paddle back and forth. What does the signal this paddler is making mean? Check the box next to the correct answer.
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4) What does the signal this paddler is making mean? Check the box next to the correct answer.
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