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Old 09-02-2018   #1
 
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Kayaking and riverboarding over dams

Is it okay and safe to riverboard or kayak over dams? Cause I have seen people do it on YouTube

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Kayakers do it, but, here is one example why it could go bad...
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Is it okay and safe to riverboard or kayak over dams? Cause I have seen people do it on YouTube
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You can find videos of idiots doing all kinds of stupid stuff on Youtube..... that doesn't mean you should repeat their behavior. My suggestion would be to spend a few minutes reading the American Whitewater Accident Database and specifically look to see how many fatalities there have been in the last couple years from low-head dams.

https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...ize/recent/20/
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You can find videos of idiots doing all kinds of stupid stuff on Youtube..... that doesn't mean you should repeat their behavior. My suggestion would be to spend a few minutes reading the American Whitewater Accident Database and specifically look to see how many fatalities there have been in the last couple years from low-head dams.

https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...ize/recent/20/
Exactly. And a good quote: "Stupid is what stupid does".
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Weve all done stupid things and lived to tell. Doesnt mean its a good idea. While some can be run, a lot cannot. There are deaths every year on class 1/2 related to running low head dams.
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No dams are not safe to run typically. I suggest this book: httphttps://www.amazon.com/Kayak-Fro...KN04PH5P61TFYE
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On the other hand the world population is currently 7.6 billion and growing rapidly.........
There was this guy who had a theory or something, I can't remember is name but it started with a D.
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Here's a pretty in depth explanation of low head dams that may help you determine the relative danger in specific instances.
https://youtu.be/XsYgODmmiAM
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Low head dams, spillways, and other manufactured water impediments create among most dangerous recirculation spots regardless of river classification, and so should be fully avoided at all costs. And irrigation ditches too can be real killers. As many have said, countless have drowned this way, lowly tubers, strong boaters, sadly also a lot of children.

Basically, the laminar flow or "sheet" of water that a pour-over creates becomes a strong, vertical hydraulic force of displacement entering the pool below, trapping things or pulling them back under the falls by the recirculation. Since this can entrain debris, being knocked out by this stuff is possible as well. So in short, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TRY IT. Sure, there's a lot of videos of death-defying morons doing things and they miraculously aren't hurt/maimed/crippled/dead. But don't let exceptions become the rule to try stuff with a significant penalty of death because YMMV.
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