Paddling clubs combine to petition City of Kamloops to increase safety on South Thompson River

A group of six Kamloops area paddling clubs has started an online petition to help increase safety on the water on the South Thompson River, specifically in a narrow section by Pioneer Park.

“Especially dangerous are motorboats and jet skis that choose to drive fast and perform stunts,” reads a note on the petition website, which can be found at change.org.

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“For this reason, the Kamloops Paddling Partnership has decided to put forward a letter and a petition to ask the City of Kamloops to add additional safety signage and for increased enforcement of existing safe boating laws and regulations by the RCMP.”

The six paddling groups include TRIPS, Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club, Wailua Outrigger, Spirit Warriors, Kamloops Interior Dragons and the Kamloops Dragon Boat Club.

“Most boats on the river are respectful and do slow down in this busy area, however, some people act recklessly and showboat or perform stunts which is especially dangerous as it is a boat launch and there are several paddling clubs operating out of Pioneer Park,” the note on the website reads.

“Additionally, there is a new private kayak rental operating in the area and a proposal for paddle board rentals out of Riverside Park. This section of river is becoming increasingly busy with paddlers, many who are just learning.”

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