I agree with the others above, especially about leaning into the obstruction and getting instruction. Here are a few other thoughts:
First, in rapids, there is a lot to be said for having the bow paddler in charge. The bow paddler is 12 - 15' closer to the potential problem and doesn't have someone's big head in the way. The bow can decide where to go & the stern then just needs to follow. Second, Communication - both when planning the route through and when it's OH XXXX a ROCK! Third, Scout first - You will have some idea of what is there, you can make a plan (that will change but that's Ok), you will know about the sweeper that is just over the open channel, and you will start to calibrate your eyes. Fourth, back paddling is often your friend. You can slow things down and you can get a back ferry going - that can be a really good thing with a loaded tripper. Finally, learn how to get that boat to dance and have fun.
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