lost my paddle during instruction...we were out in some bouncy, windy water, I was holding onto a clients bow and just leaning on her boat talking her through making her sweep strokes more effective,for a couple minutes,,,done with talking, and guess what? didn't put the blade under far enough ! So while I was chatting away my paddle was blowing away not to be seen. And not wanting us to drift into boat traffic I borrowed her paddle and paddled us back into to the creek where the boathouse is. Funny, I don't feel as stupid as it appears.