Dallas Downriver Club

Swap Meet

Date: October 1, 2016 Sponsor: DDRC
River:  Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach:  Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty:  E-mail: President@down-river.com
Rendezvous: Mariner Sails 9:30 am for sellers 10 am for Buyers

Please join the Dallas Down River Club and the North Texas River Runners for a Swap Meet on Saturday, October 1st at 10am. This a chance to sell or trade gear you are no longer using.  And if you have nothing to sell – then perhaps you’re ready for bargain hunting. 


Aris at Mariner Sails has offered his store parking lot for the event. The Swap Meet starts at 10am and runs till 1pm. Please show up at 9:30 if you want to set up a table and sell some of your extra, canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFDs, etc..


In addition to the swap meet we are offering the following seminars:

·         10am – The basics for camping out of your canoe or kayak / Dale

·         11am – How to improve your kayak paddling stroke / Charley Kemp (ACA Level 4 Whitewater Instructor)

·         12pm – Planning and leading a paddling trip.  / Bryan Jackson

·         1pm –  Emergency preparedness  / Dale


This is a club hosted event so no commercial vendors or businesses – please.



From I-35E get off on Royal Lane

Get onto the Southbound Service road

Go south to Merrill St

Make a left turn under I-35E

Make an immediate right into the parking lot for Mariner Sails (same parking lot as the Boss Builders Outlet)



Map to mariner sails

* International Scale of River Difficulty

Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.

Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.

Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.

Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.

Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.

Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.


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Last updated
September 1, 2016