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Since they sound like newbies..........
Don't allow them to bunch up on those long, sweeping curves; especially those with root wads, or stainers
at the end of the curve.
Lead, don't follow.
You have a better chance of helping them if you are downstream when they dump.
This will also (hopefully), allow them an opportunity to watch you negotiating the path of least resistance.
If one boat dumps; all boats pull over & stop.
No need to add to the chaos with multiple dumps at the same location.
If one of them dumps; have them hang onto their paddle, stay with their boat, and try to swim to shore asap. This does not apply if they are about to be swept into a strainer, or any solid object. In that scenario; to hell with the boat! Get safely to shore.
Nobody should ever be out of sight of the others in the groups for more than a few seconds.
Explain to them about moving water & foot entrapment.
Getting on the river early will lessen the number of river dorks you have to deal with during the trip.
People first, boat second & then gear.......
You know what you NEED to do; just do it.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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