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  paddling solo
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-03-10 5:34 PM (EST)

started solo from the get, still do it majority of the time. I like lakes, all sizes.

Took lessons very quickly into it & still take a bunch and paddle all over the state.

Skills/Technique bores some people. To me it's a game between me & myself. But it also has very real repercussions when and where I paddle, solo or not. It informs my judgement how I handle myself solo or how I contribute to group safety.

I like to swim, learned as a kid. Seems natural to do water sports....Why would someone NOT want to learn?

OP by being a nonswimmer and unskilled in rescues you may already be paddling past your limits and on a safety margin that is thin to nonexistent. Going solo strips away more of the safety cushion, and from what Jeff posted you don't have the skills to make up for that.

Most of the time you'll arrive OK and none of this will seem relevant.

It's that one time that you can't foresee. Even on the tamest river or calmest pond things will happen - weather changes, equipment fails, people get hurt or sick, or separated. What have you got in reserve for coping w. that?

Answer that truthfully & you'll be able to make the best decision for yourself. Best to you.

Deborah in Michigan

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