Floating down the Red Deer river is a popular activity for locals. The Red Deer River provides beautiful scenic views with no shortage of solitude and fresh air. However, it is important to have a plan ahead and ask some questions before heading out on the river. Have you checked the water levels of your preferred river? Do you have the right safety gear? How will you get back to your car once your float is finished?
Water and rivers are always unpredictable, so it is very important that safety is the topic priority. Make sure everyone has a properly fitted life jacket, a float plan, so that you and anyone else in your group knows the safest place to enter and crucially exit the river, and what to do if conditions on the water change. The plan should also be shared with someone who’s not tubing with you, so that they know your expected return time. Ensure you also have a paddle (or paddles, if you’re using a multi-person raft) to aid steering, and drinking water to keep you hydrated in the summer heat. Sunscreen, as well as a hat and sunglasses, as sunlight can be particularly harsh when reflected off the water’s surface. In addition, water shoes, a waterproof container for first-aid supplies, cell phone, car keys and a whistle to signal for help in case of emergency.