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This fits in with the thread on priorities earlier. I'm starting the season with teaching Basic I,II classes in sheltered waters (high fifties water with air temps fluctuating between 60-and 80's) with some opportunities for wind and waves as conditions and the class' strengths warrant. Last weekend I had a great set of classes but am curious to get feedback on what you all think about advising a couple that have planned on doing a "trip" in the "northwest" on their own with these two classes being their first and quite likely only preparation. I've had other similar situations in the past. By the end of the classes most people re-think their plans but many don't. Usually I've identified these students in the beginning of the class so that I can re-emphasize the goals and limitations for the class. That this isn't a certification nor provide the foundation for tripping (if only I took my own advice 10yrs ago!). They should have a progression of rescue practice from this body of water on up and into the water they will be paddling in with the comfort level of each practice as a guide as to whether they would like to do this rescue in the water they are likely to be entering into. Pretty much the last things I say to these people before a finishing up is a direct eye-contact request to read Deep Trouble and talk to the local paddling business where they are going. Some people will listen to the direct "don't do it". Some people take it as challenge. I'm all ears to what folks have to say.

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