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  Just a quick thought on paddling buddy
  Posted by: gingernc on Feb-11-13 1:56 PM (EST)
 

AD, yes, it's usually safer to paddle with a buddy -- or two. But it's worth remembering: you're only safer with a buddy if that person is competent. Not expert but just competent.
Also, here's a quickie rescue that can be done when it looks too hard to get someone back in their recboat -- or when they don't have the upper-body strength to get back in even when a partner has emptied their boat. You can have a swimmer wrap his/her arms and legs around your bow and you can paddle the person to shore. In some cases this will be quicker and less exhausting than the alternatives. And just about anyone can do it -- as the swimmer or the rescuer -- I think. Not a panacea. But an option. Good to have more than one!

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