: So I should paddle alone on my own schedule?
The beauty is - you can do anything you want.
Although ConnYak paddles are following the common adventure model and each "Captain" is responsible for their craft and their own safety, it is enjoyable to some to be part of a group. There is safety in numbers (to a point) and it is easier to have someone else get that stone out of your skeg box, fix your rudder, let you borrow some sun goop, etc.......... It is also nice to catch up with friends or meet someone new (a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet). There is also the opportunity to learn from those more experienced and that is quite common on ConnYak paddles. I know that even small surf landings can be frightening to a new paddler. Sometimes all that is needed is a little encouragement. Sometimes all it takes is someone to say "I'll keep my eye on you".
I have always liked the buddy system.
I also do solo paddles.
Simple problems on the water may only require an extra hand. Large problems may involve the whole group working together.
We do this for fun, fitness, friendship. We all want to come home at the end of the day. Awareness of our surroundings and our fellows will ensure that we're all around for the post-paddle debriefing.
See you on the water.
The Connyak BBS