Please take time to print, fill out, sign and return the waiver form (one for each family member) at the following link prior to attending your next event.  One waiver will cover you for the entire year.

PRM Waiver

 

 

 

           Palmetto Paddlers has arranged to have ACA whitewater kayaking Instructor Trainer Educator Larry Ausley conduct a River Trip Leaders Training Clinic next month on the Saluda River. It will include four hours of classroom training the evening of Oct. 28 and eight hours of river time Oct. 29.  The class is open to both whitewater and flat water boaters. Larry is a highly regarded Instructor Trainer in whitewater kayaking, river safety and rescue and coastal kayaking. 
 
           Best of all, the club is picking up most of the cost of the course, so the price for PP members is just $20. That’s an incredible bargain to improve your knowledge and abilities in trip planning, equipment and supplies planning, group management on the river, incident prevention and reaction and deep-water and river rescues.
 
           Taking this course will improve your paddling skills and make your trips better, safer and more fun. And did I mention it’s ONLY $20!!!
 
           If you have coordinated a club trip or think you might want to lead a trip in the future, sign up today!!! There are only 10 spots available in the class. PP members get first dibs, but in the coming weeks, we’ll open it up to non-members at a cost of $30. Email Les Case at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

I am pleased to announce three new offerings of an ACA-sanctioned Level 3: River Safety & Rescue course. 
 
Dates available: June 27th, July 25th, and August 29th

One day 8 hour course focusing heavily on self-rescue and prevention techniques 

Instruction will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will take place on the Lower Saluda River in Columbia, SC...

The cost is $125 per person and is payable by check or money order 

There is a minimum of 3 students required to hold the course
 
Registration deadlines: 
June 22nd (for the June 27th course) 
July 20th (for the July 25th course)
August 26th (for the August 29th course)
 
Please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or message me on FB (John Derrick) to register. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email including a gear list and some further details.
 
Safety skills can save a life – including your own!
 
            SYOTR,                    
            John Derrick

The action we hope to see is a "build it back better" campaign,  starting with petition drive online to encourage Mayor and Council to include a whitewater feature or features when they repair the breach.

This can benefit multiple users at various flows, from museum families enjoying a lazy tube ride to competition playboating and fire rescue swift water instruction opportunities.

Please encourage everyone to get behind this campaign.

 

See the reports linked here:

WW Report - Final Report.pdf

Shipley WW Proposal.pdf

 

 

Action Alerts

 

  • Surface Water Withdrawal Legislation – H.3564

    • This bill would require all users who withdraw more than 3 million gallons a month to get a permit. It grandfathers in existing users and protects our rivers and current water users (especially current farmers) from new large water withdrawals.

    • House Ag & Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on May 6th, 2:30 pm at 410 Blatt Bldg

    • Contact your Representative and tell them to support H.3564

    • Contact members of the Agriculture subcommittee and tell them to support H.3564 (Click here to contact the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee)

    • Subcommittee contact info:

      • Rep. V. Stephen "Steve" Moss - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      • Rep. William M. "Bill" Chumley - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      • Rep. Gregory Duckworth - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      • Rep. Russell L. Ott - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Lexington County Stream Buffers

    • Lexington currently requires 100 foot buffers for streams and rivers

    • Developers are pushing to reduce that significantly

    • Buffers are very important for water quality

    • If you live in Lexington County contact you county council member and ask them not to reduce stream buffers.

    • Lexington County Council contact info can be found at:
      www.lex-co.sc.gov

 

Post Office Box 5294 • Columbia, South Carolina 29250

(803) 760-3357 • www.congareeriverkeeper.org

 

 

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