Trip Leadership

Discussion in 'Paddling Safety' started by jamonte, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. jamonte

    jamonte Paddler

    Aug 6, 2015
    No, the criticism is completely fair. I'm pretty sure that happened before I had taken any classes or started to develop my own sense of safety awareness, so maybe I should be happy that at least I had enough sense to stop paddling!

    Dealing with risk-takers in a group is another huge topic for discussion and I've seen some crazy things happen on river trips. Often, it's a more advanced paddler (usually not the trip leader) and my basic attitude is that I'm not going to risk my life saving them if they get in trouble. Sure, I will certainly do what I can do to rescue them while maintaining my own safety, but I don't feel responsible for them the way I would feel if I was leading a novice who was depending on me to look out for them.
  2. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

    May 31, 2005
    Astoria, Oregon, USA
    John, sent you a PM.