'River Sense' Quiz

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  1. To minimize the risk of collisions, which of the following traffic patterns should be observed:
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      When on Lady Bird Lake, the least maneuverable boat has the right-of-way, stay right pass left. Slower/Smaller boats stay closer to shore. Faster/Larger boats keep to the center. Observe these traffic patterns to minimize the risk of collisions.

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    •   A) Yield the right-of-way to the least maneuverable boat.
    •   B) Smaller/Slower boats stay closer to the shore.
    •   C) Faster/Larger boats keep to the center.
    •   D) Stay right, pass left.
    •   E) All of the above.
  2. All crafts must be visible by having lights between dusk and dawn.
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      All watercraft or paddlers must have visible lighting on them between dusk and dawn. A biking light attached to your shirt or paddle is sufficient.

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    •   A) True
    •   B) False
  3. Being respectful of others and the river means:
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      Being respectful of the river, yourself and others means cleaning up after yourself, your friends, your family and your pets; NOT taking plants or bothering wild animals; and leaving the river cleaner than you found it. It is a good idea to take a trash bag with you so you can pick up any extra trash while on the river. However, be careful of poisonous plants and animals when doing so.

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    •   A) Cleaning up after yourself, your friends, your family and your pets.
    •   B) Taking plants and petting wild animals whenever possible.
    •   C) Leaving the river cleaner than you found it.
    •   D) All of the above.
    •   E) Only A and C.
  4. Which of the following is true about a PFD:
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      A PFD is a Personal Floatation Device or life jacket. You must have a PFD with you at all times while on the water, regardless of age. Children 13 years old and younger, however, must actually wear a PFD while on the water.

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    •   A) A PFD is a life jacket.
    •   B) A PFD is a Personal Floatation Device.
    •   C) Children 13 years old and younger must wear a PFD.
    •   D) All of the above.
  5. Learn how to control your craft and increase your safety by reading and familiarizing yourself with boat operation instructions.
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      You can increase your water safety by reading the boat operation instructions, if you have your own craft, or by asking a staff person at one of the boat concessions, if you are renting.

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    •   A) True
    •   B) False
  6. Swimming is allowed in Lady Bird Lake.
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      By city ordinance, swimming, diving and jumping are not allowed in Lady Bird Lake.

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    •   A) True
    •   B) False
  7. It is best to stay off bodies of water if lightning or thunder is present.
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      It is best to stay off of the water when a thunder storm is present. It is a good rule of thumb to wait at least 30 minutes before returning to the water after the last strike of lightning.

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    •   A) True
    •   B) False
  8. If your boat capsizes, you should:
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      If your boat capsizes, stay calm so you can think clearly. Hold onto your boat or another floatation device so you can save energy. Maneuver yourself and the boat closer to shore, out of the current and away from other boats. Avoid floating too far into the current.

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    •   A) Stay calm.
    •   B) Hold onto your boat or another floatation device.
    •   C) Maneuver closer to shore and out of the current.
    •   D) All of the above.
    •   E) Only A and B.
  9. Protection against the sun includes:
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      Protection against the sun includes using sunscreen, wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes, wearing a thin layer of clothing as an additional sun screen and wearing a hat or bandana to deflect the sun’s rays and to avoid over-heating.

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    •   A) Wearing sunglasses.
    •   B) Covering exposed skin by wearing a thin layer of clothing.
    •   C) Protecting head and neck by wearing a hat or bandana.
    •   D) All of the above.
    •   E) Only A and B.
  10. Symptoms of hypothermia include:
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      Symptoms of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering – feeling very cold, not hot – and mental confusion. If not properly addressed, hypothermia can lead to serious bodily injury. Hypothermia can be experienced in almost any temperature, depending on how your body responds to the water. The best immediate solution to hypothermia is to wrap yourself in a blanket or put on several layers of dry clothing. Drink warm liquids, such as hot tea or soup, or eat warm foods.

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    •   A) Uncontrollable shivering.
    •   B) Heat exhaustion.
    •   C) Mental confusion.
    •   D) All of the above.
    •   E) Only A and C.
  11. Symptoms of hyperthermia or heat stroke include:
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      Symptoms of hyperthermia or heat stroke are different from hypothermia. They include a lack of perspiration (even though feeling extremely hot), nausea, vomiting, mental confusion and more. This condition is very dangerous and should be treated immediately by sipping a lot of water (slowly), sitting in the shade or moving indoors, or seeking medical attention. Hyperthermia is usually caused by being in the sun too long and being dehydrated.

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    •   A) Lack of perspiration, even though feeling extremely hot.
    •   B) Nausea.
    •   C) Vomiting.
    •   D) All of the above .
    •   E) Only A and B.
  12. Which of the following are effective ways of interacting with other boaters?
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      River Safety has a lot to do with common river sense. This includes communicating clearly with other boaters and being predictable while paddling so others know how to maneuver around you.

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    •   A) Communicating clearly with other boaters.
    •   B) Being predictable while paddling so others know how to maneuver around you.
    •   C) Anticipate others' moves.
    •   D) All of the above.
    •   E) Only A and B..
  13. The American Canoe Association teaches paddlers to “Be Aware, Be Prepared,” including:
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      The American Canoe Association teaches paddlers to “Be Aware, Be Prepared.” This includes checking weather and river conditions before getting on the water, wearing appropriate clothing for weather and water conditions, planning toilet breaks and packing food and water in the correct containers that will stay dry if the craft tips over.

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    •   A) Checking weather and river conditions before getting on the water.
    •   B) Wearing appropriate clothing for weather and water conditions.
    •   C) Planning toilet breaks.
    •   D) Packing food and water in the correct containers.
    •   E) All of the above.
  14. Learning the proper way to get in and out of a watercraft reduces the risk of an accident.
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      Learn the proper way to get in and out of a boat to reduce the risk of accidents. 80% of all accidents happen when getting in or out of a watercraft. Keep your boat floating when loading and unloading.

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    •   A) True
    •   B) False
  15. When a boat flips it is usually because:
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      When a boat flips, it is usually because the paddler’s center of gravity is higher than what is required for the craft. For example, if you stand up in a canoe your center of gravity shifts and you can become unstable. Maintain stability with a low center of gravity by staying low in the boat. A boat will not typically flip just because it is a boat; it must become unbalanced to flip.

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    •   A) A paddler’s center of gravity is higher than required for the craft.
    •   B) A paddler is not balanced in the craft.
    •   C) Boats just flip.
    •   D) All of the above.
    •   E) Only A and B.

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