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Re: Thoughts in advance of the Gales of November

: The participants obviously put a lot of thought into their
: recommendations.
: Their comments on leadership, or lack thereof, appear to conflict
: with the Common Adventure Models in use by many paddling clubs
: here in the U.S. Keep in mind this was group of friends/peers
: going out for some informal rescue training.

The Common Adventure Model (CAM) system is not being recommended as the safest way to go paddling. It is adopted for a couple reasons: Liability, and Expediency.

In a litigious environment where people are worried about being sued, the leader is the prime target for any law suit. This may be acceptable if the leader is a professional who is paid sufficiently to cover insurance costs. Since kayaking is a relatively risky undertaking insurance is a non-trivial expense.

For a skilled kayaker leading trips is not "fun", it is work. It may be pleasant work, but it is not the same as a fun day playing on the water. While some may volunteer to do this work on occasion, it is not something most people are willing to sacrifice every weekend to for years at a time without compensation.

Leaders are responsible for everyone on the trip. It is their responsibility to keep an eye on everyone, keep them together, make sure the group paddles in the right places and does the right things. Leaders can not ignore the group for a few minutes to engage in a little surfing fun or other play or put themselves at risk. It is the leaders job to make sure the group does not do anything unsafe. An effective leader must be a fun-Nazi.

The CAM system is used because people don't want to pay a leader, they don't want to be a leader, and they don't want to paddle in a group controlled by a leader. Leaderless groups are preferred because people want to go paddling and have some fun. They want to paddle with friends, they want to try new things, and they appreciate whatever added security they can get from paddling with a group of like-minded kayakers. The CAM is the easiest way to make this happen.

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Thoughts in advance of the Gales of November
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