9 mandatory safety measures for kayakers and rafters in Uttarakhand
I am sure neither kayakers nor adventure tour operators would like to ignore the safety. The government therefore defined safety measures for kayakers and rafters to minimize the risks and regulate their activities.
The Uttarakhand River Rafting / Kayaking rules 15, 16, and 18 (2014) elaborate on safety measures to minimize the kayaking and rafting accidents. Knowing this rules is the first safety measure. Is it not?
1. Kayaking and rafting are allowed during day time only: from sunrise to sunset (Rule 15).
2. It is the responsibility of the operator that all the employees and tourists buy an insurance cover. The Government of Uttarakhand or Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) determines insurance cover for kayaking and rafting activities. (Rule 16)
3. Asthma, epilepsy, and heart patients are not allowed to kayak and raft. The people suffering from respiratory disorders and hydro phobia are also not permitted (Rule 18-1).
4. All guides shall brief all the clients about rapids, river, and emergency safety and rescue measures before starting the trip (Rule 18-2).
5. The adventure tourists aged 14-60 years are allowed to join river rafting trips (Rule 18-3).
6. Younger tourists aged 18-50 years can undertake kayaking trips (Rule 18-3).
7. While kayaking and rafting, smoking and alcohol consumption are prohibited (Rule 18-4).
8. Wearing a helmet and life jacket of correct size is mandatory for both guides and tourists during the trip (Rule 18-5).
9. The river guides and operators shall ensure that both the guides and tourists are fit to cross high-volume rapids (Rule 18-6).