Posted by: old_user on Jul-23-08 5:13 PM (EST)
Roger is spot on! You'll start confusing alot of Newbs when you have dual terminology especially in regards to rescues. If this was a rewrite or second edition this is the kind of thing Ken should have revised. What good does it do to talk about a technique that requires "a special relationship between student and teacher" It makes it seem like only the Dalai Lama can rescue you. I was a junior guide on a Baja Sea Caves trip (Arblitos) where a group got sucked deep into cave and thrashed by incoming waves from another opening. I was positioned perfectly behind a mid-cave rock to watch each paddler enter the chamber and then proceed to capsize from the chaos. I would tap on their upturned hull with my paddle letting them know I'm right there and performed three successful bow recoveries with strangers I'd just met the day before. These paddlers regale my heroic efforts in song to this day, but I had no special prior relationship to them unless it as from past lives.
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