Kansansoudun turvallisuustoimenpiteet

The boat should have a red emergency flag measuring 40 cm x 40 cm. It would be a good idea to attach a strap about 1 meter long. The boat should also have a drainage device. The emergency ticket may only be waved in an emergency.
There are rocks on the waterway, some of which are marked with canisters. Castle cables should be watched out !!

  • 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.


Oars must not be raised on the rapids to greet them. The announcer and the flagman are directing rafting in Nakkila on the Arantila and Ruskila rapids. Vessels in the rapids are prevented from colliding by maintaining sufficiently large safety clearances. To determine the distances above the rapids, there is a landing guard who gives permission to land in Harjavalta before the rapids for church boat skippers. Follow the instructions of the invoice administrator. In the Arantila and Ruskila rapids, rapids are supervising, guiding to the right routes and helping paddlers / rowers in need of possible help.

Power plants

Every power plant in the area above the dam must be careful not to get into the power plant's suction.
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


The safety distance between the tents and caravans is 4 meters. The caravans are taken to their own territory and the tents to their own territory. Both accommodations also have an area reserved for peaceful camping. In Harjavalta, caravans are only placed on the sports field. There are night guards in both places.

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.
- go through the rules of the game.

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)
- there are two people left in the boat to help with lifting and moving
- the crew walks about 300 m to the landing site.
- to speed up the passing, the crew pushes the boat into the water at the landing place and floats it to the loading place (approx. 20 meters)


- above the rapids is a boat guiding rowers
- above and below the rapids is the Plastic Canisters guiding the route
- the route passes between the plastic canisters

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.
- when moving with a trailer, two people are left in the boat to help with lifting and moving, other rowers land ashore and move on to eat.
- the organizers will steer the boat to either the trailer or the boulevard.

Kokemäki, Kols power plant

- the boats are lifted onto the trailers using the excavator's boom-mounted frame.
- the lifting site is right next to the Kols power plant.
- the trailer groups of the organizers are responsible for the transfer of the boats.
- rowers leave the boat 300 m before the power plant, from where a bus transport to Tulkkila for dining.
- there are three people left in the boat to help with lifting and moving, who get to the center with the trailer tractor.

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.


- There is a water skiing area on the shore of the school center - be careful!
- landing on the shore of the school center.
- lifting of church boats from the opposite shore, nursing home from the shore of Silver Beach
- two rowers move a church boat across the river.
- By the Migrant Transport Organization to the opposite shore.
- the organizers' trailer group is responsible for moving the church boats below the power plant during Saturday night.
- own vehicle transportation is prohibited on Sunday morning for all boats on both sides of the dam.
- on Sunday, the crew of the church boats will be directly below the power plant.

Coxswain meeting at Harjavalta power plant on Sun at 9.30

- last minute instructions for calculating the Nakkila and Ruskila rapids
- note. It is worth starting to move from Sheep Bay when the big rock in the bay is covered with water, only then is there a safe amount of water in the Nakkila rapids.


- 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.
- the lifting point must be kept open
- other boats are lifted from the shore of the reception area with their own equipment.
- boats are not put into transport condition only at the parking lot, not at the lifting place.
- trailers should be left in the spaces provided

Other considerations!

- Castle cables. On the first day ferry cables between Karhiniemi and Riste and on the second day between Riste and Kolsi
- It is hoped that the church boats will stay close to the main group during the trip, so that the audience following the event can be offered an even more spectacular rally on the banks of the Kokemäenjoki River. It is desirable that each church boat have a first aid kit and a cell phone (the phone number must be provided at the latest at the point of departure for the office car accompanying the rowing machine).

Throwing bottles and cans into the river and terrain is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED. They can be left in rest areas.