Safety in numbers
Posted by: old_user on Jul-05-12 11:08 PM (EST)
As a newcomer to group paddling and humble advanced beginner I want to progress and readily inform group leaders of my ability. Classes and u tube videos videos are great, but the only way to progress and gain proficiency is to paddle and practice rescue skills with more experienced people.
Vacationed at beach recently and wanted to paddle in bay. Put lots of effort into learning everything I could about tides, studied charts, checked out area clubs, visited local kayak and marine stores, drove around checing out put ins etc. However, just did not feel I knew enough to put the boat in the water alone. I'm safe but frustrated. Will be returning there soon, but won't paddle there until I find someone experienced to go with.
For the sport and clubs to grow, beginners need more access and opportunities to get on the water safely.
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