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Old 09-04-2015   #11
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I think practice for the sake of safety is a good enough reason. Our ability to rig can vary based on circumstances. Picking an anchor can take longer than a minute, and can have a significant impact on how well the one minute rig works. I practice to remember how to do it correctly more so I don't screw up when it counts. It is so difficult to slow down and assess a situation. I've seen viral rescue videos and people easily spot the mistakes that are made. I think many times people get tunnel vision and don't slow down to make the best decisions. Some of those times people just aren't well practiced. We want to rush and be as fast as possible.
Come to think of it, I have never thought about scouting a rapid for pins and potential actor points. I should probably start now that I am rafting more and kayaking less. I love to be in a position to help out, even when it is another group. I'll have to start looking at rapids differently.

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Old 09-06-2015   #12
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Originally Posted by Flying_Spaghetti_Monster View Post
Recently a friend was talking about his Z-Drag set up, and bragging that he can set a Z-Drag up in less than a min. I currently have my SWR cert, and I carry a pin kit. I can set one up, but I doubt I could do it much faster than 2 mins. This got me to thinking. We get real proficient at rolling, bracing, boofing, getting out of holes, but how proficient are we at setting up a Z-Drag or stabilization line. I have thought about taking the friends that I boat with on a regular basis, and spending 20 mins every two weeks running through Z-Drag drills. Trying to get faster, and faster. Anyone have thoughts on this.
Being a Utah boater, do you know of places on could go close to SLC to get safety training and experience?

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