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The Blue Ridge Voyageurs

- A Club for Whitewater Paddlers -


BRV Trip Guidelines | Trip Calendar | About BRV and How to Join
Safety: Whitewater paddling is a risky sport. In the BRV, each individual is ultimately responsible for his or her own safety. Each individual is responsible for having appropriate equipment, for having the requisite skills for paddling a given river, and for the decision to run any river or rapid. Although ultimate responsibility rests with each individual, important safety benefits are gained from paddling with a group of other prepared and competent paddlers.

  • We welcome new paddlers, guests, and out-of-town boaters. To participate in a BRV outing, contact a trip coordinator or see the Contact Us page to get in touch.

  • Before participating on a BRV paddling trip, you must communicate directly with the trip coordinator . He or she will inform you about logistics, etc. Trip leaders are volunteers and retain the right to deny participation to non BRV members and/or or those whose skills, experience or gear they suspect may be insufficient to safely participate.

  • BRV members receive a roster that provides contact information for the entire club, The Voyageur newsletter, and periodic email messages about late-breaking trips.

  • Our list of scheduled trips remains a work in progress and reflects mostly weekend trips. Most trips are ad hoc and announced via the BRV email list.

  • For paddling and river safety instruction, check out the Canoe Cruisers' Association's Web page. Many thanks to Charlie Duffey, Ron Ray, and others for leading swift water rescue and other paddling practice instruction sessions and workouts for area canoe clubs.

  • Our trips typically consist of 5 or 6 paddlers. When trip groups are larger, we may split into groups, to probe adhead and preserve eddy space, if called for.