What’s up with WhatsApps? – A Seymour Trips Message Group!

Seymour Paddling – When it Rains Enough

What’s Up with WhatsApps


We now have a great new tool for organizing impromptu paddles and last minute communications on planned or impromptu trips. What’s that you say ? Why it’s WhatsApp for Seymour River paddlers.



Q: What is the purpose of the group ?

A: To organize impromptu paddles and last minute communication (e.g., change of  meeting location/time) on planned or impromptu trips.


Q: Is this chat group directly affiliated with any particular canoe or paddling clubs ?

A: No. It is OK to invite any friend to become a chat group member provided you know them fairly well, they are competent, safety conscious and appropriately equipped for whitewater paddling.


Q: Is the content of messages monitored or controlled in any way ?

A: No. The chat group Administrators take no responsibility for the content of any messages. Please use the chat group responsibly and respectfully.


Q: How do I join the group ? Do I need to download WhatApp first ?

A: Yes.  Download the App first (on Apple devices search for WhatsApps in the Apps Store). Then either:


Q: Who are the group Administrators ?

A: Paddy Lee (phldesigns@shaw.ca) and Dave Apps (notallengineersarenerds@gmail.com)  (take it from a nerdy engineer – most of us are).


Q: I’ve joined the Seymour Paddlers group. The river flow is good. NowWhat ? Can I reach out to members and organize an impromptu paddle ?

A: Absolutely ! That’s the main reason it was created.


Q: Why not just use email ?

A: WhatsApp makes it easier for organizers to initiate impromptu trips. It also circumvents problems that occur with email when people keep adding more names to email threads (a few people ultimately get left out of some messaging). With WhatsApp every member sees every message. WhatCouldBeBetter ?


Q: What is the role of the chat group Administrators ?

A: Their only roles are to accept or remove people from the chat group and to help people to become members. They do not monitor message content nor accept responsibility for misuse of the chat group.


Q: I tried to join the chat group but it didn’t work for me. WhatCanIDo ?

A: Make sure you have WhatsApps downloaded on your device. Then contact an Administrator and ask to have your name/contact info.  added. Be sure to include your cell number.


Q: Can I use a tablet,  a laptop or a desktop computer instead of (or as well as) a smart phone ?

A: Yes you can install WhatsApps on multiple devices.  Members have it on their  cell phones  and some also have it installed  on their  Windows PCs (Windows requires WhatsApp to be installed on  phones first).


Q: Kayaks ? Canoes ?

A: Yes. Yes.


Q: People cannot see my name when I send a message. How can I fix that ?

A: Go to settings, click on your name, then add your name under edit profile. Don’t be shy – add your favorite selfie photo too ! If you are shy, add your favorite panorama or other photo.


Q: I joined the group. Some people show up as just phone numbers. WhatsUp ???

A: You likely need to add their name/contact info. to your personal directory.


Q: WhatElse ? Should I type in my name at the end of each message that I post.

A: This is recommended. It identifies you to anyone who doesn’t have you in their directory.


Q: Will Seymour Paddlers group be used for other rivers ?

A: For now, it is intended mainly for the Seymour but it can also be used occasionally for other popular west coast rivers. If it works as well as we hope, more WhatsApps chat groups may be added in 2023 for other rivers  (or river groups such as Sea to Sky, Fraser Valley, etc.).

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