Posted by: oldgeezer1 on Jan-31-13 5:05 PM (EST)
I would paddle alone. That is the boat I am in now...which sucks because we all know that it's not very safe to paddle in cold / open water with big conditions without some other paddlers.
I am not going to pay big money to paddle at a symposium and take classes I don't need or want, especially with instructors that are not of the caliber of guys like Dale Williams, Sean Morely, Ben Lawry, or any of the top Brits that sometimes come over. But even then you are taking some basic level class most of the time and the group is limited to the ability of the worst paddler in that class.