Well I am never one to lecture I only give advice.
I know very well the Importance of Saftey on the water. Growing up on/in and making my living for the last 20 on the water teaching people to use a throwbag and CPR longer than some of the paddlers here have been alive.
I also am very aware of my comfort level in moving water and if I wouldn't want to Swim it at this point you won't find me in it. Unlike many of the better boaters out there... anyone up for a swim on the OBJ or Numbers...
As for the bootie beers haven't had to do that yet as most of the paddlers I play with still swim too.
If you read the bottom of my post it says "Practice Self-Rescue" I do that every time I paddle!!! or I'm in training for that upcoming SWR class!!! Also it seems a large part of all my Whitewater Rescue books stress the value of being able to swim a rapid and there was quite a bit of time spent swimming in the Rescue class I was watching on sat.
No crazyness here just a drive to learn this great new lifestyle I've stumbled upon. Well maybe a little as I would be willing to be "Live Bait for Rescue classes"
Mark it's not that cold till you need a chainsaw to get in, Want to go Ice Diving sometime??
Most of my postings are for your entertainment value (call me a chunder in training).