The only experience I want paddlers to have is:
a) how to paddle
b) know how to use the boat they are in be it a
ducky, white water kayak, canoe, sea kayak, etc.
c) be comfortable on flat water.
d) if using a white water kayak, be able to roll
If you can canoe/kayak/paddle in a river, you are most likely
qualified. d is a requirement for the 10K swim, I can waffle a
litlte on that for the 2.4mile swim.
And prefereably the following:
a) own/borrow/rent a boat
b) have a PFD for all people in the boat
c) have a flotation device for a swimmer (PFD, seat cushion, etc)
e) for the 10K have some way to attach/carry supplies for the swimmer