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Re: Way Off The Mark
In Response To: Way Off The Mark ()

: David--

: I think you're way off the mark on this. Using proper safety equipment and
: with proper training in rescue techniques, there is no reason a
: non-swimmer cannot kayak safely.

: P.S. I wear my PFD when I take a shower.

Mike

We all have the right to our opinions, you feel I have overstated my case, perhaps so. But I think of situations I know of where a failed T rescue resulted in a hole in a FG boat, with swimming as the last resort. I just can't see someone completely reliant on their PFD, there are situations where you may have to "swim" for it, although this is ill-advised and only a last resort. Perhaps a kayak session or two, but to pursue this sport without being able to swim seems lacking in preparedness.