Yes! A little tough love for the custies! Corporal punishment is probably not still legal on the river though
Hope he had a "perfect run" (all customers fall out, guide stays in)!
I paddle guide Westwater on a regular basis, and most paddle crews are perfectly capable with proper instructions, but I had a group of older folks from the other day from the wine country of California. Despite trying to make an early move across the river, we still managed to slam sideways into the rocks in front of Hade's camp below Little D. Very frustrating.
I think some people never have to give a 100% effort or even a hard physical effort in their everyday lives. They don't really understand that yes, you are paddling for your life (more or less), and that while rafting is super fun, it is not a spectator sport (please be a passenger on an oar boat if you think it is). It combines danger, effort, and teamwork - that's why it's fun!