Originally Posted by AdrenalineRush
a friend of mine was guiding, caught a t grip to the front teeth and got both of them knocked out
he wasn't even apologized to, much less tipped
(in general - there are also some guides who should be no where near the river at all)
So when you get hit with a t-grip you should get tipped? man I would have been a millionaire if that were the case! Purely an occupational hazard when you are taking boatloads of Nebraskans down a river that has an exposed rock every 2 feet or so. That is like saying a school bus driver should be tipped everytime they get hit with a spit wad...ain't gonna happen.
I do agree with the second statement, I met and gave rides to several guides this year that would scare the hell out of me if I had to be in a boat with them.
RMA capitalizes on high markups by convincing tourists and beginners that it is a screaming deal because they are the authority on boating. That is a much different concept than "supporting the local boating community" Throw your money at someone other than RMA, the folks from Kansas are throwing enough at them anyway.