Due to the unpredictable nature of the river and dip netting, you will be taking a risk going out on the boat. However, we are able to follow some safety basics to curb the level of risk.
Life jackets are provided for everyone aboard the boat, and they are required to be worn when you are on the boat. The boat is equipped with safety rings, and there is a safety throw rope on the boat.
The following are safety steps on the boat:
The weather in Alaska is ever changing, especially on the river. If you do not like the weather now, wait 15 minutes and it will change. Thus, a gear list is comprised of clothing that you can take off and add to. You need to have extra clothes to change into if you get wet on the boat or fall into the water. When you are dip netting, it is recommended that you wear rain pants and rain boots. You will get wet as the nets come back into the boat. The slime from the salmon will rub off onto your pants, hands, arms, basically it can get, and often is, everywhere. Gloves are nice to work with the poles and the salmon.
The weather varies; I have seen days that are super sunny and days that are dog rainy. The boat will run in most any condition, so be prepared for the good, the bad, and the ugly.