We scouted a WW river today for a paddle on Saturday, and we had gully washing rain storms last night.
The river was at flood stage, and I was lusting to go.
It would have been twelve miles of a continuous wave train with some big time rapids.
Fifteen years ago, I would have cringed just looking at it
Doing your class I rapids, or any others, you need to be constantly looking way ahead and picking your line. You in the stern can do rudder strokes or sweeps on your side to steer you well away from rocks. Your bow paddle should learn to do some draws, and at the least be on the look out for rocks.
If at the last minute the bow paddler sees a rock they should automatically be prepaired to use there paddle to push the bow to either the left or the right of the rock, so you won't slam into it which will put your boat out of control.
It would pay you guys to pick up a book on the basics of WW paddling.
Lastly if you go sideways into a rock or log, lean down stream or into the impediment rather than up stremm which will just put the gunnels under water.
Hope this helps a bit
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