Actually, WAV, I'm not exactly speaking as a newby when it comes to this sort of topic. The whole hard-sided plastic kayaking thing?? Yes, I'm still new and I make no claims about my skills or prowess on the water in a kayak-- However, I've been in the water since my parents could fit me into waterproof diapers, have some fairly solid rafting and river running experience (20 or so years' worth if you count the early years when I was a kid and only went a few times a season
), and am wilderness rescue/ first responder and CPR-first aid trained & certified. I swam competitively from the time I was 6 years old, and was lifeguard certified at 15.
I'm not telling you this because I either think you care or I feel I have to justify myself to you or anyone else-- I'm posting because I've been there for enough accidents on the water to know something can go from being really f*&%in' entertaining or funny to really f(*&%in' dangerous without any time between the two to note where or when things changed. And yes, I've been involved in this thread because WL did
bring up some issues I think all
of us have thought about at some point, and that needed to be addressed..... you know, especially if I-- in all my infinite personal wisdom-- can't come up with all the definitive answers myself.
I'm just glad to see this discussion has gone from being a rational "conversation" for you into one where you're singling folks out for personal criticism and attacks. Mighty classy of ya', my friend.... as was the attempt at outright baiting.
(congrats, though: i obviously bit)