Originally Posted by fajawiebe
The deal is first-timers who don't want to buy helmets they may not use again.
I would be hesitant to put first timers on the Middle Fork. Let them get started on other rivers.
I was recently on a trip that had a first timer who was not ready for what we were getting in to. At one of the first rapids (Class IV), despite an experienced oarsman, their boat flipped. He began swimming to shore, which was an easy swim, and then inexplicably turned around to begin swimming toward the upside down raft. This meant swimming another Class IV rapid, before being rescued. Long story short, he ended up hiking out and of course others had to go with him for safety.
There are plenty of rivers to get people started on.