: 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.
Thanks for summarizing CAM for others following here. It may be the only recourse for paddling/adventure clubs here in the U.S. unless the club wants to carry costly liability insurance. I am well aware that many clubs have already dropped any insurance coverage they did have (e.g. NSPN). They simply could not afford it. The CNY Kayak Club that I infrequently go out with uses a 'weak' version of CAM. As some have indicated CAM may not be the safest alternative, but costs eliminate all other options. On a club scheduled paddling trip back in May the CNY Kayak Club nearly lost a member while following CAM. It was by luck and not skill that they didn't. Note that this was a flatwater trip. The word "complacency" is quote above. It would have certainly applied to the CNY Kayak Club incident.
I would have thought that liability issues and potentially use of CAM would apply in the Netherlands, but Axel's report never mentions it.
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