I can imagine being terified on the n.f. payette but we had an easy class 1/2 float where one of our group was just terrified and being the trip leader i was looked to for well..leadership!? Long story short i went from compassion and then i offered to walk back with them then i slowly became a bit tough love. With hindsite they realized that they where over reacting and that the river was beyond easy and safe but man it turned a fun float into a stressfull long hand hold. I should say the person has experience and is young and athletic. I wasnt mean but i wanted to be. How do you help your kayak friends advance in water and deal with fear in a fun way? I allways try to distract them and have fun , help them breath , play games catching eddys but iam just an intermediate paddler so we go on easy stuff thats sometimes just boring and shit o dear its like their on the stikine and yet after were done their asking "where we going next?" "I dunno the bar i need a beer!" Helpfull hints , ideas, strategies. I wanna keep going but wanna have fun not scout every riffle and freak out over a tippy eddy line?