What is a strainer in Whitewater?
1. Strainers. Just like a kitchen strainer for pasta, river strainers (or sweepers) are obstructions that allow water to pass but retain larger objects. They can be natural objects or man made hazards such as trees, rebar, sewer grates, and bushes.
How do you identify a strainer?
The most common obstruction will be a river rock just under the waterline. While it’s true a strainer (like a fallen tree) in the body of the river will most likely be visible, that’s not always the case. If you see bouncing twigs in the water, that could be a sign that there is more under the waterline.
How do you prevent sweepers?
Avoiding the obstacle is possible if it’s not completely blocking your path. First, resist the urge to hug the inside corner of the bend in an attempt to paddle quickly away from the tree. The natural pull of the current will take you to the outside curve and bring you broadside against the sweeper.
What are the dangers of kayaking?
What Are The Risks Of Kayaking – And How To Avoid Them
- Hypothermia & Cold Water Shock.
- Getting Lost (Especially At Sea)
- Weirs & Low-Head Dams.
- Drinking & Paddling.
- Inexperience: Overstepping Your Ability.
- Adverse Weather Conditions & Sun Exposure.