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The difference is that things on the water can get nasty really fast and can easily cascade into a full blown situation. Push your limits, not your luck. When you leave your tow belt or VHF seems to be the occasion that you need it. Avoiding a situation is paramount. Beyond that you are in the zone of fate and fortune. Fortune favors the bold about as much now as it did for Custer.

: If you are struggling to keep from broaching you are probably at
: the edge of your abilities. The question you need to ask
: yourself is not: "can I go out in this without
: capsizing?", instead it should be: "If I get in
: trouble, can I take rescue myself?" It is how capable you
: are at dealing with the situation after you make a mistake that
: determines how ready you are to go out in the conditions.

: Many people can stay upright a long time in conditions where they
: are unable to rescue themselves. This experience can give them
: the feeling that their skills are equal to the conditions. It is
: in the nature of emergencies that they are rare and come
: unexpectedly. Not intending to go in the water is typically the
: plan of people who need rescue. Generally things go pretty well,
: the trick is to be ready when they go bad. It is not enough to
: be able stay out of difficulty when dealing with difficult
: conditions, to be safe you should be able to get out if things
: should get worse.

: What you want to do is practice some of the skills needed for those
: bad times in controlled manner so when you do broach and capsize
: in 40 mph winds, you know that your rescue techniques still
: work. A controlled situation is one where if you make a mistake
: you end up some place safer than where you are playing.

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Thoughts in advance of the Gales of November
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Leaderless Group Dynamics
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So WHY Paddle With ConnYak???
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Help another paddler
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Sea Kayaking & X-country Skiiing
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A couple of thoughts on these matters
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VHF Communication
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