- Carelessness can cause you to fall.
- Inexperience with running water poses a risk of tipping over.
- Rocks in the rapids increase the risk of falling.
- There is a risk of capsizing if ships collide with the rapids.
- The use of alcohol increases the risk.
- Paddlers and non-swimmers must wear life jackets throughout the rowing season.
- In the rapids, the use of life jackets is mandatory.
There is a warning rope above the Tyrvää power plant, which must not be approached. The rope does not prevent suction. Below the power plant, on the left bank, small boats must not be lowered from anywhere other than the landing site. See map.
Above the Äetsä power plants, Keikya's VPK motorboat is piloting and giving safety instructions for crossing the dams.
At the Kolsi power plant, canoes and boats are taken up from the left bank of the river, there is a boom in front of the power plant to prevent the power plant from being sucked in, and people assisting crossing the dam warn of the suction. Church boats are taken up from the dam near the power plant in the direction of travel on the right. The crews of the church boats will be unloaded at the pier about 300 m before the lifting place. The crews are transported by bus to Tulkkila's restaurant. In addition to the skipper, two rowers are needed to move the church boats to the lifting site. Stairs to the beach are a must.
In Harjavalta, church boats will be lifted 4 km before the power plant and the road bridge from the shore of the school center. Organizers will move church boats below the dam on Saturday night.
Bypassing the Harjavalta power plant, rowing boats are lifted 200 m north of the river before the dam and transported by tractors under the dam. Canoes and light boats that run on their own boat carts are lifted south of the river near the dam. There is transportation past the dam for canoes
Instructions for hikers
Instructions for hikers A paddler always wears a paddling vest while in the water.
Don’t suddenly turn under the church boat, as it won’t have time to brake or dodge in an instant.
Calculate the rapids according to the route markings on the map and at the turn indicated by the landing supervisor.
There are landing pads and piers for paddlers.
To prevent congestion, take your canoe away from the dock immediately.
Church boats and rowing boats are not allowed to land next to the piers.
Check out the maps in the tour guide.
Also remember fluid balance during the day. When rowing for several hours, you should drink about 1-2 dl of fluid every 15 minutes. The liquid should also contain about 1-2 g of salt per liter and the sugar content should be less than 5%. Excessive sugar intake during performance causes a decrease in performance.
Coffee and beer are not liquid balance drinks.
To avoid abrasions, you can use Vaseline or good gloves on your hands and a terry towel, for example, as a seat base.
Check your contact information in the attendee list. Report changes or missing information to the office car. Incomplete information affects insurance coverage.
Instructions for mates of church boats
The mate of the church boat is responsible for the boat and crew throughout the trip. The crew must obey the coxswain. The coxswain must insist that everyone in the church boat wear life jackets and monitor and restrict the crew's use of alcohol.
Coxswain's meeting in Sastamala on Friday at 8.15.- at the starting point at Marttila School.
Tyrvää power plant- all church boats are moved by the organizers' trailers (with the exception of boats that are only suitable for their own trailer, this also applies to other power plants)
Kilpikoski- above the rapids is a boat guiding rowers
Note. After Kilpikoski there is Töörinkoski and then the turbulent Talankoski, there is no guidance in these rapids but the rapids are calculated following the main flow and life jackets are also mandatory in these rapids, the rapids are so close that the life jackets worn in Kilpikoski can only be removed after Talankoski.
Äetsä power plant- all church boats will be moved either along the stick road or by a group of trailers from the organizers.when using a baton, the entire crew assists in moving the boat.
Kokemäki, Kols power plant- the boats are lifted onto the trailers using the excavator's boom-mounted frame.
NOTE. During lifting and transport, the boat must be empty of crew and loose goods, the boat must be emptied of water before being lifted into a trailer.
Harjavalta- There is a water skiing area on the shore of the school center - be careful!
Pori- After the landing ceremonies, Sulkavan Vene Oy's boats will be moved to a small bay upstream and the church boats will be left well moored and tidy.