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Re: Swimming skills
In Response To: Swimming skills ()

The question to ask is, is he comfortable floating face-upward in a PFD? And getting out of the boat in a wet-exit? If so, no problem. A lot of non-swimmers are totally afraid of the water (My Wife, for example) and would panic if upside down in a boat. It might be a good idea to teach him a wet exit, and how to float, in someplace friendly first.

: One of my co-workers wants to go sea kyaking in a marsh on the Maine coast.
: He does not know how to swim, so my first instinct was to say NO. Is
: swimming a reasonable pre-requisite, or can he rely on his pfd?

: Thanks,
: Tom