Originally Posted by basil
Babies/infants are quite resilant in water. They naturally hold their breath. A swim in class III isn't that dangerous for babies/infants, assuming they have a pfd on.
I speak from experience: I've thrown my kid off the raft quite a few times when he was small. Unfortunatly, now that he's 6'3", he does it to me--when I have my helmet on.
We are too overprotective in our society. Quality family time is worth a lot.
But, I still think we should change Frog's Rock Rapid.
I agree with everything you said until you mentioned changing the Fractions.
I have abstained from commenting on this topic for the most part, but the rapid itself serves a very important educational purpose (observing a class V hazard in a class III run), I understand the arguments from both sides and have read the threads...the river should not be changed, it boils down to the fact that we as river users need to be more aware and better educated to the hazards present when negotiating a whitewater river. Threats of this nature occur in other rapids and rivers in the state that are of similar difficulty/gradient and I do not feel anything on the river should intentionally be made easier by man, I do understand putting holes in flat stretches to create playparks though...the Ark just gets more traffic, and thus will have more accidents.
My thoughts have still been with Kim's family...I pray they find closure soon.