relevant comparison is whether in any given year of paddling, I stand more chance of being killed by lightning, drowned in a paddling accident, or killed in an auto accident.
That's how you compare risk. You don't "normalise" based on time of exposure.
Even saying that, I think NOAA way overstates the risk of being killed by lightning while paddling or hiking. We've had about five times as many deaths in my area from trees landing on cars during storms as we have from lightning. And then there's those poor souls who drowned in a ditch after getting out of their cars to take shelter from a tornado.
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