Paddling

The Tiber is a WW 1-2 class river with a couple of WW III class passages, according to the water level; portage is generally possible.

General rules and advice for paddlers

The TiberTour is open to all paddlers with experience and equipment suited to river white water up to class I-II-III, according to the different daily stages. All paddlers must wear a helmet and a PFD (life jacket) both suitable for paddle sports;

We recommend PE boats and inflatable boards; epoxy boats/boards are not suitable;

We recommend boats/boards be fitted with front and rear handles, sturdy neoprene river sport shoes overall neoprene suit

Stand up paddlers: we recommend multiple short and flexible fins, as the collision with rocks is frequent in the first four stages; leash if wished. Please note in crowding in water, leash is NOT allowed!

The descent of the river is carried out in groups and will be led by experienced paddlers: kayakers appointed by the organization as “head” will lead the group(s) and should never be overtaken, nor trail behind the “tail“. Participants must follow directions and the timetable set by the organization and the guides in the morning and evening meetings or during the descent.

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WARNING: the descent of the river is at your sole responsibility; the organization cannot provide a prompt service and safety in the water as it is unable to follow a large number of participants on such a lengthy descent; participants are asked to follow the directions given by this regulation and those given during the event.

 

Rules of good conduct

Communicate to the nearest experts the onset of problems, be they physical or related to equipment;

Respect the advice of the more experienced and decisions of the guides:

Where required, follow the trajectory, pass in single file at a safe distance of at least 20 metres; if the orders or signals of the guides are not clear or understood, do not make the move until you understand what you need to do;

Do not intervene in the recovery from the water of a paddler if you are not able to do it;

In case of a transhipment, wait your turn, do not crowd and do not take independent initiatives;

When ashore along the banks, put the paddle on the board-

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Tips for paddlers

Be aware that, from when you go into the water in the morning to when you disembark in the afternoon, you can rely only on what you have brought with you. So here we have some tips for beginners on clothing and supplies to carry aboard:

It can be sunny or cloudy, it can get hot or cold, it can be windy or rainy too; the conditions can vary several times during the day. We may have to wait soaked and out of the water for hours in case of emergency. It is good to carry a spare dry wool or fleece (NOT cotton!) change of clothes: socks, the “wooly undershirt of grandpa”, keep in mind that wet cotton absorbs body heat and is harmful in the event of adverse weather conditions; wool or fleece on the other hand, even when soaked, retain part of your body heat;

Sturdy shoes protect the foot and ankle both on the ground, during embarkation and disembarkation, and in the water in case of capsizing;

Remember that you are doing physical activity, and so it is good to bring water to drink!: bring a hat for rain or sun;

Warm up before each departure, avoid getting wet right away if not properly equipped;

We all care both for the personal health and the water environment so please bring organic sunscreen.

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