Easy to swamp a canoe in cl 1 & 2...
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Nov-14-12 3:42 PM (EST)
....especially if you are trying new things.
Flotation is cheap insurance against a catastrophic pin. Even just a couple of end bags can also make emptying water out of the boat a lot easier.
If you take a timid approach to paddling and never "stretch your wings", float bags may be a completely unnecessary bother.